Article sourced from – The Guardian By Ben Child – http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/feb/25/female-dominate-hollywood-production-company-launches-we-do-it-together
We Do It Together hopes to close the gender gap by focusing on film and television projects that empower women. Other board members include rapper-turned-actor Queen Latifah, Slumdog Millionaire actor Freida Pinto, the British director of Belle, Amma Asante, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon superstar Zhang Ziyi and Katia Lund, the Brazilian co-director of City of God.
Chastain has spoken regularly of her disgust at gender pay disparity and the manner in which Hollywood sexualises women in action movies. In Decembershe wrote about the positive experience of working on her forthcoming film, The Zookeeper’s Wife, which boasted a largely female crew.
Hardwicke was, at one point, the director of the highest-grossing film made by a female film-maker, 2008’s Twilight. She has spoken about her first-hand experience of Hollywood sexism, after being told that producers of the Oscar-winning boxing drama The Fighter were only considering men for the director’s seat.
We Do It Together hopes to announce its first feature project at the Cannes film festival in May. The organisation’s founding follows a year of uncomfortable headlines for studios on the issue of gender discrimination in Hollywood. Patricia Arquette highlighted pay inequality last February during her best supporting actress acceptance speech at the Oscars, while stars such as Meryl Streep, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Romola Garai, Geena Davies and Amanda Seyfried have all raised the issue of Hollywood sexism. In October it was revealed that US equal opportunities officials are to interview dozens of female film-makers as part of a historic probe into gender discrimination in Hollywood.