In talks with Keira Knightley at the LFF 2018
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Keira Knightley has always been known in Britain for taking on some of the most interesting female roles available in the industry. Her most recent film, Colette (to be released early next year) sees Knightley take on the French writer as a young woman during her first marriage to celebrity personality Henry Gautier-Villars, aka Willy. Speaking about her run playing amazing and dimensional characters, Knightley states that her choice of roles have “always been completely conscious. As soon as I could start choosing my own roles, I was always led towards powerful creatures. Women I wanted to be or explore, and even in their frailty… there’s amazing power within that. “A lot of times it could have been more money to play second fiddle, or the wife, or the girlfriend, but I’ve never wanted to do that. I’m the wife and the girlfriend at home, and when I’m playing I want to pretend to be the boss!” She also explains that she “never felt like I fitted into that very narrow image of femininity that mass culture allows, and I was always interested in playing characters who in one way or another are struggling against that cultural norm,” something which is particularly evident in her most recent film. Working hard to succeed in her craft was always a part of life, as she knew "ever since the age of three... what I wanted to do, and that's been my one goal." However she realised that "the industry [doesn't] support women at all. Not even a little. You’re completely left to do your thing, and to survive or not survive." Understandably then, "there are very few female directors. We need more female directors, particularly at the top of the industry," she stated.
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