A new comedy series of shorts will air on BBC Four next week aimed at shining a light on the portrayal of women in the media.
‘Leading Lady Parts’, produced by Rebel Park Productions’ Gemma Arterton, Jessica Malik and Jessica Parker in association with The Fyzz Facility and Popcorn Group, will demonstrate the challenges women face in the workplace.
The cast for the short, to air on Monday 30th July on BBC Four at 10pm, bolsters some impressive star power. The eclectic cast includes BAFTA nominee Arterton (“Their Finest”), BAFTA, Emmy and SAG Award nominee Catherine Tate (“The Catherine Tate Show”), Gemma Chan (“Captain Marvel”), Emmy Award nominee Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”).
Rounding out the cast is Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”), Katie Leung (“Harry Potter”), Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac: Vol I & II”), BAFTA winner Wunmi Mosaku (“Damilola: Our Loved Boy”), Anthony Welsh (“Journeyman”) and Golden Globe winner Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers”).
Written and directed by Olivier Award winning Jessica Swale (“Nell Gywnn”), the short follows a group of actresses as they audition for a dream role. The audition panel, however, have some slightly different thoughts on the direction of the role.
Swale said of the short: “The genesis for the film began with a desire to see women on screen who are as diverse, characterful, three dimensional and flawed as the women I meet in my daily life. Enough of the identikit, thin, white, posh, sexy, flawless love interests who aren’t given a single good line- we have such amazing actresses, let’s give them proper parts! Until we start seeing real women on screen, represented in all their diversity, we won’t get anywhere.”
Producer Jessica Parker added that “as we were pulling the film together, it became clear that it should be part of a series of films to highlight the major issues that we face, not just in the film and TV industries but in all walks of life; bullying, harassment, racial discrimination and inequality, but with the serious message delivered through comedy.”
The short will premiere as part of an hour-long programme dedicated to BBC’s “Hear Her” season, showcasing women’s voices in a season of content to mark 100 years since suffrage and the centenary anniversary of women being able to vote in the UK.
Following its BBC Four broadcast debut at 10pm on Monday 30th July, the short will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.