Fifty Shades’ Sam Taylor-Johnson says no one’s lusting after her talents
SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON has revealed that — despite directing box office catnip Fifty Shades Of Grey — Hollywood has not been lusting after her directing abilities.
Far from drowning in scripts, the self-described ‘ballsy’ director, 51, says she’s been left ‘weeping’ at Hollywood’s continuing inequality.
Sam’s 2015 adaptation of EL James’ steamy novel made more than £435million around the world, but she’s still ‘scrambling’ for work she told IndieWire.
‘You would be surprised at how… No, you wouldn’t be surprised, sadly. Nothing,’ she said.
‘I literally was scrambling still, in exactly the same position I was prior to that.
‘I’d say to my agent, “I love this book. I really love it. What’s the deal with it?”
‘”They’re going to Steven, Steven, David, David, and John.”‘
While she doesn’t deny the talents of the likes of Spielberg, she says it’s frustrating because: ‘I know I’m fully capable.’
The situation has left her worried, not only for her own career but also those of other women and minorities trying to make it in the industry.
‘It drives me crazy, not just for myself, because I have all that experience and I’m pretty ballsy — I can punch through doors when they’ve slammed in my face,’ she said.
‘But I still want to weep at the sense of inequality, let alone for other young filmmakers trying to make their way, or someone who’s made their first film trying to get their second film.’
Author: Anna Thomson