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Rosamund Pike claims industry is more equal now than in her James Bond days: ‘The gender disparity was far greater then’

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 12/10/2018 ​Alistair Foster

a woman wearing a white shirt © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Actress Rosamund Pike says the British film industry is leading the way in creating more jobs for women.

The Gone Girl star, 39, said there had been a stark rise in the number of female roles both in front of and behind the camera since she made her movie breakthrough in James Bond film Die Another Day in 2002.

She told the Standard: “I went on the BFI website and they had this very interesting section where you can see a bar chart of gender distribution across all departments on a film.

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“I went and looked at my own filmography and I looked at 2002 when I made Die Another Day and the gender disparity was far greater than my last British film — Entebbe in 2017 — when there was a much more even distribution across all departments.”

The Academy Award nominee also praised new rules, due to come into force next year, which state that films entered into two Bafta categories must meet at least two of the four BFI diversity standards.

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 She said: “That means people have to comply — they can’t just pay lip service. There’s been some strong lines drawn in the sand and everyone is trying to readjust their positions in relation to those lines. The BFI is a vision for the future.”

Pike, who plays the late Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin in forthcoming film A Private War, was speaking at the IWC Schaffhausen Gala Dinner, in association with the British Film Institute, to mark the start of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival.

Rosamund Pike standing posing for the camera: baftabestdressalltime18y.jpg © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited baftabestdressalltime18y.jpg The event, held at The Electric Light Station in Shoreditch, was also attended by Daniel Kaluuya, Natalie Dormer and Ruth Wilson.

At the gala, Turner Prize-nominated artist Richard Billingham was awarded the third annual £50,000 IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award for his debut film Ray & Liz, based on his parents.

Gallery: Actors who played Bond villains: Then and now (Picture Services)


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