Thursday May 10th, British actress Carey Mulligan, known for the diversity of roles she portrays on the big screen, opened the 4th edition of the Women in Motion Talks at the Kering Suite located on the 7th floor of the Majestic. Quickly, Carey Mulligan made her mark in Hollywood with an Oscar nomination in 2010 for her role in Lone Scherfig’s An Education. Another memorable role alongside Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive drew attention during the 2011 Festival de Cannes, as well as in Shame directed by Steve McQueen. The day before her Talk, she was present at the screening of Wildlife, Paul Dano's first film in competition at the Semaine da la Critique, in which she plays a housewife in the 1960s, who is about to take her life into her own hands and breaks away from her role as a mother and wife. “The societal constraints on women at that time were far greater. But they still exist today, and women are still under a huge amount of pressure, in the same way as my character is in Wildlife. (…) And I think that is a big part of Jeanette’s struggle: this constant attempt to keep it together and look a certain way, and respond to certain things around her, in a perfect manner. She never lets herself slip. So, I think it was a lot about the presentation, being a housewife at that time and all the things that were expected of you.” She added “I really enjoyed about Wildlife and playing that character was that all of her flaws are on parade. (…) It’s so rare to see a woman allowed to fail on screen. Women are sort of censored.”
As for the question of the representation of women in cinema, she answers with a smile "100 years ago [it] was something like 25%, in the very early days, and it is still pretty much at 25-26%. So, there is a long way to go and everything that is happening now will take some time to take effect, but I think it is all moving in the right direction, and there are things that I hope we can’t on back on: pay disparities and, hopefully, behaviour in the workplace.” Carey Mulligan congratulates the decision taken by the Royal Court Theatre in London, where in response to the many women who spoke out, has the entire team sign a charter of good conduct.
Carey Mulligan is a BAFTA award winning and Academy, Golden Globe, Tony and SAG Award nominated actress from England. She returns to Cannes with a special Critics Week opening night screening of the IFC film, Wildlife, directed by Paul Dano and co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal. She will next be seen on Broadway this June in Dennis Kelly's one woman play Girls & Boys.