Nicole Kidman has recently announced she will be lending support to The Writers Lab 2018, which provides mentorship for female filmmakers over 40. Since The Writers Lab’s inception in 2015, Meryl Streep has provided funding.
The writing program was established by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, which champions female voices in fictional narrative film, in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America East.
In the midst of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, plus the backing from strong female voices like Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and previous support from Oprah Winfrey, the contest feels particularly significant.
“This is how change happens,” IRIS’ Nitza Wilon commented. “When extraordinary women — and Nicole Kidman is clearly an exceptional activist as well as an exceptional actor — use their power, they can shift the entire culture. We are euphoric that such superlative women support our work.”
The Writers Lab 2018, to be held Sept. 25-29, will see a group of female screenwriters take part in a four-day script-development retreat with mentors Pamela Gray, Mary Jane Skalski and Pat Verducci scheduled to participate.
Tom Dever writes for The Script Lab.
Photo credit: Australian Academy Of Cinema And Television Arts International Awards Ceremony at Soho House on January 27, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)