28 Sep 2019

Geena Davis - Champion for women on screen

From Saturday Morning, 10:06 am on 28 September 2019
Geena Davis

Geena Davis Photo: supplied

When female led and focused film Thelma & Louise came out in 1991, actor Geena Davis hoped that it marked a shift towards gender equality in Hollywood.

But by 2004 the Academy award winner had become so frustrated by the lack of progress she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to conduct research and advocacy.

A report  by the institute, 15 years in the making, has just revealed that gender parity in children's television has been achieved. But that doesn't mean her work is done.

Davis will be in New Zealand next week to speak at the New Zealand Film Commission's Power of Inclusion conference.