Cate Blanchett calls for action after report shows parents in performing arts are ‘penalised’

Cate Blanchett calls for action after report shows parents in performing arts are ‘penalised’

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New article from The stage.

Cate Blanchett is urging action to support performing arts professionals with caring responsibilities, following publication of a report that highlights the “systemic barriers” in the sector.

The report, Balancing Act, has been produced by Parents and Carers in Performing Arts in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London. It reveals that 43% of responders who said they had had left the industry did so because of being a parent.

Balancing Act also shows that six out of 10 respondents rely on a support network outside of their employment. The report says: “Those who lack the social capital to support and subsidise their careers, for example by not having a partner in well-paid employment, or not having family nearby to offer childcare, are particularly disadvantaged.”

Responding to the findings, Blanchett said: “Working in theatre or any creative profession can be very rewarding but comes with its own unique challenges, such as regular late nights, last minute engagements and long periods of time away from home, all of which are amplified when you have family commitments.”

“The Balancing Act report is a welcome and necessary step towards addressing these barriers, which for many prove insurmountable. This call to arms is an opportunity for us all to step up and find the creative solutions needed to giving people the support they need to look after their family while continuing to do the work they love.”

As previously reported by The Stage, the research reveals people with caring duties earn up to £3,000 less annually than their counterparts and are often forced to make a “career and salary sacrifice”.

Key findings include:

• The median earnings for carers is £20,000, with non-carers earning £23,000.
• 76% of carers have had to turn down work because of childcare responsibilities. For freelances, this rises to 85%.
• 44% of women have had to change roles due to childcare duties, compared with 23% of male carers.

PIPA co-founder Cassie Raine said there was an “urgent need to remove systemic barriers to work, and to support and retain experienced and talented people”.

She described the PIPA Best Practice Charter as a “practical solution to addressing tangible barriers to work for many”.

Theatres across the UK bolster childcare support as part of PIPA campaign

Raine also confirmed that PIPA is expanding into dance, music and opera, following funding from Arts Council England.

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Jocelyn Moorhouse & Pj Hogan are featured on Australian Story introduced by Cate Blanchett

Jocelyn Moorhouse & Pj Hogan are featured on Australian Story introduced by Cate Blanchett

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ABC’s Australian Story will have Cate Blanchett as its presenter next Monday. She will be introducing directors Jocelyn Moorhouse & Pj Hogan in the episode called Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan – The Kids are Alright. The program offers an intimate portrait of Muriel’s Wedding directors as they speak candidly about the challenges, heartbreak and unexpected joys of living with two severely autistic children and why Moorhouse dropped out of sight and didn’t direct a movie for 18 years.

Australian Story will air Monday, April 15 at 8pm (Australia Time) on ABC and ABC iview.

Episode will be later available HERE

Here are the trailer and photo of Cate shooting her participation*.




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*Special thanks to Edith’s Nanny from CBF Chat from sharing this info.

Cate Blanchett to be a guest on Bunk Bed – a BBC 4 radio series

Cate Blanchett to be a guest on Bunk Bed – a BBC 4 radio series

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Time to listen to Cate’s voice on the radio!
After Books to live by, Cate Blanchett will be a guest on Bunk Bed, a BBC 4 radio podcast hosted by Patrick Marber and Peter Curran. The comedy radio programme, recorded in real beds, features talks on family, relationships, work, and imagined life. Stay tuned!!

The episode is set to air Wed 17 April, 11pm on BBC Radio 4.
According to Independent Ireland*, all special episodes (including the one featuring Cate) will be available on BBC Sounds from April 16, and will play weekly on BBC Radio 4 from April 17 at 11pm.

Everyone craves a place where their mind and body are not applied to a particular task. The nearest faraway place. Somewhere for drifting and lighting upon strange thoughts which don’t have to be shooed into context, but which can be followed like balloons escaping onto the air. Late at night, in the dark and in a bunk bed, your tired mind can wander.

Tonight, Hollywood star Cate Blanchett joins Patrick Marber and Peter on Curran the spare mattress, in relaxed mode as they muse on their experiences of gallstones, vomiting, night walks and severe haircuts.

For more info. Visit the official website

*Special thanks to Catepedia from CBF Chat for sharing this info.

New interviews and magazine articles featuring Cate Blanchett

New interviews and magazine articles featuring Cate Blanchett

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A couple of promotional interviews with Cate Blanchett on Sì Fiori, the new version of perfume Sì by Giorgio Armani, and new articles have been added to the gallery. Enjoy the reading!

Cate Blanchett : “On peut se tromper, mal faire les choses et les réparer”

Actrice phénoménale, féministe engagée … A peine sortie d’une pièce de théâtre sulfureuse à Londres jouée à guichets fermés, l’égérie du parfum Sì de Giorgio Armani nous parle risques, aventures et éducation.

Identité – “La pièce que je viens de jouer à Londres, When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other , évoquait les jeux de rôles, le genre, l’identité, l’idée de consentement et de pouvoir, des thèmes qui m’interpellent ces derniers temps. Katie Mitchell, qui l’a mise en scène et avec qui je rêvais de travailler depuis longtemps, s’attache à présenter des points de vue féminins dans des domaines où ceux des hommes prévalent traditionnellement. C’était physique et passionnant.”

Égalité – “J’élève ma fille exactement comme mes trois fils. Je leur apprends qu’il ne faut jamais identifier quelqu’un à son genre, que tout commence par le respect de soi et des autres. Cette génération ne se définit plus selon la perception des autres. Dans l’éducation, on dit très tôt aux enfants qui ils sont et ce qu’ils vont être, et cela peut les empêcher de s’épanouir librement. L’un de mes fils adorait les jeux traditionnels de filles, je ne l’ai pas empêché.”

Féminité – “J’ai aimé que le film publicitaire du nouveau parfum Sì Fiori de Giorgio Armani soit réalisé par une femme (Fleur Fortuné, ndlr). Il véhicule des valeurs fortes à mes yeux qui redéfinissent la féminité : la confiance en soi, la soif d’aventure, la prise de risques et le fait de ne pas avoir peur de l’échec.”

Matriarcat – “Mon père est mort quand j’étais jeune. J’ai donc été élevée par ma mère et ma grand-mère, dans une maison pleine de femmes fortes. J’ai vu ma mère reprendre le boulot, cela m’a donné un grand sens des responsabilités personnelles et du travail. On peut se tromper, mal faire les choses et les réparer. C’est ce qui m’a permis de me construire en tant que femme.”

Langage – “Les mots qui ont été associés à celui d'”actrice” depuis une dizaine d’années sont ceux de “célébrité”, “visage” ou “figure de proue”, qui ne sont que des descriptions superficielles. Ils ont depuis été remplacés par “militante” ou “activiste”, et c’est bien plus intéressant. En revanche, les rôles sont distincts. Je ne vois pas mon rôle d’actrice comme politique, plutôt comme provocateur. Les gens oublient que vous êtes aussi un être humain. (Rires.) Un parent, un partenaire, un citoyen, et c’est avec ces nombreuses casquettes que l’on s’engage sur d’autres questions.”

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Cate Blanchett visits Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Australia

Cate Blanchett visits Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Australia

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Last weekend, Cate Blanchett went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne, Australia.
Here are a couple of photos posted on social media.



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First look at “Sweet Tooth”, Australian fairy tale film narrated by Cate Blanchett

First look at “Sweet Tooth”, Australian fairy tale film narrated by Cate Blanchett

Hey everyone!

New project with Cate!

Cate Blanchett is the narrator of new Australian fairy tale short film called Sweet Tooth. The 22 minutes movie, set in a fictional European town in 1780, is inspired by the classic narrative of Hansel and Gretel but focusing on the untold of the wicked witch and her gingerbread house.
Sweet Tooth is directed by Shannon Ashlyn and it is also a project proudly committed to pushing for change both in front of and behind the camera in terms of gender parity in the film industry.

No release date is available at the moment. However, stay tuned!

Synopsis

Once upon a time, there were a brother and a sister called Hansel and Gretel. The children stumbled through the dark woods, lost and afraid, until they came upon a marvelous house of sugar and spice and everything nice. That is the fairy tale we know. But there are always two sides to every story.
Many moons earlier, a little girl is born to a penniless baker’s maid – a baby blinded by the Red Devil’s disease. Together with her little brother, she must navigate a cold world and stand up to the hardened townsfolk who dislike them. But, as time passes, the children have fewer and fewer places left to hide and must seek refuge in the forest. Out there, it will be up to them to find a home where no one will ever find them. Until, one day, there would come a brother and a sister: Hansel and Gretel.

On Cate Blanchett being part of the project:

Cate Blanchett supports emerging female filmmakers

Albert Einstein once said, ‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales!’ And who better to tell you a tale of dark forests and magic beyond your wildest dreams than the inimitable Cate Blanchett?
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Blanchett has unquestionably given wings to these filmmakers as they step out onto the international stage with their first film. By endorsing this story, the Australian icon has not only elevated the film in a way they hardly dared imagine until it actually happened, but she has also made a clear statement about supporting emerging female talent going forth and claiming executive roles in filmmaking, the roles which are traditionally (and therefore disproportionately) filled by men.
The week the filmmakers approached Blanchett, Dr. Blasey Ford was standing trial in the Kavanaugh hearings in the US. It never felt more timely to be courageous and to go out on a limb for the sake of women everywhere. Witch hunts are far from being a thing of the past.
To Ashlyn and Shearer, the fact that Blanchett agreed to lend her voice and profile to Sweet Tooth is proof that when women unite, anything is possible, and that magic doesn’t just happen in fairy tales.

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How did you convince Cate Blanchett to join the Sweet Tooth team?

Shannon Ashlyn: The answer is very simple: we just asked her – from the heart and with zero expectations. Mad as it sounds, we never imagined anyone else narrating, so when it finally came to it, I plucked up the courage to record a piece to camera explaining why I had written the film and why I believed its message might be something Cate may also deem important. Admittedly, it felt surreal…!
Katherine Shearer: That was the first, crucial step. But after that, it still took a lot of faith and support from the people around us to get our message to Cate. For instance, our casting agent and mentors at AFTRS really put themselves out there for us, even as first-time filmmakers. That was incredibly humbling, and we are so thankful. The fact that Cate actually agreed was – and is – a dream come true.


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