‘Twilight’ helmer Catherine Hardwicke says ‘there’s still a lot of work to do’ to bring gender parity to Hollywood

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A decade after Catherine Hardwicke shattered records for female directors with the global success of the fantasy franchise-launching romantic drama “Twilight,” the director says there’s still not enough women working behind the camera.

“There’s still a lot of work to do because we’ve got to get to both sides of the camera; we’ve got to get more representation in all the categories,” Hardwicke told Variety last week at the 45th Student Academy Awards ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. “We’ve got a lot to say, and we’ve had a long time where we haven’t gotten to have our voices back there.”

Hardwicke, along with Patricia Riggen, Kumail Nanjiani and Arthur Dong, presented awards at Thursday’s Student Academy Award ceremony, which spotlighted some of the best student films from around the world in animation, alternative filming, documentary filming and narrative filming. Out of the more than 1,500 submitted entries, the Academy selected 15 to be honored during the show, according to Variety.

With its $69.6 million opening weekend, 2008’s “Twilight” boasted the biggest opening take ever for a film directed by a woman, and the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel went on to gross nearly $400 million worldwide.

After Hardwicke dropped out of the sequel “New Moon” over scheduling disputes with the studio, she has said she didn’t get as many filmmaking opportunities as she expected given her record-breaking “Twilight” success and actually took a pay cut for her next helming gig, the 2011 horror fairytale “Red Riding Hood.”

Deadline Hollywood reported earlier this month that Hardwicke has signed on to direct the fantasy film “Dissonance” for Straight Up Films and Envision Media Arts.

Andrea Seigel (“Laggies”) is adapting the screenplay for the film, which is based on the 2014 book of the same name by Erica O’Rourke.

“Dissonance” centers on Del, a woman who has the ability to walk between alternate realities and is entrusted with keeping the dimensions in harmony. When she secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, Del uncovers a secret that threatens the survival of the entire multiverse.



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