She Said: the investigation behind an earthquake

October 2017. The editorial staff of The New York Times are buzzing, something big is afoot. The forthcoming article will forever change American society and affect the whole world. Maria Schrader’s film She Said looks back on the journey of those who broke the Weinstein affair.
SHE SAID – cinema release November 23

#Metoo: breaking decades of silence

The story is infamous. Young women wanting to break into the world of cinema go to what they believe to be a professional meeting. The reality is infinitely darker. Then comes the trauma, the shame, the questioning of their word, their silence bought with compensation. But those we wanted to gag will find their voices again thanks to journalists Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor and Rebecca Corbett, who broke one of the most important scandals of their generation: the Weinstein affair and the sexual assaults in the world of Hollywood cinema. Their article, published in the New York Times, was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. A bestseller then emerged.

Unity is strength

Only an official declaration launched by several victims and witnesses at the same time could have the necessary weight in the face of this omerta. A true tribute to investigative journalism, the film She said recounts the journey of journalists and editors who devoted themselves body and soul to revealing the truth by convincing women to testify. Because by taking the risk of exposing themselves, they may spare others what they have experienced, but they fear the consequences of their speaking out. This work has made it possible to celebrate their resilience and to flush out a powerful predator, as well as to open a national debate around an entire system. The #Metoo movement exploded then and still upsets mentalities today.

The challenge of adaptation

The subject being particularly rich, it was necessary to succeed in capturing the attention of the public while respecting the sobriety of the journalistic treatment. A balancing act articulated around the desire to pay tribute to the various protagonists and to show the complexity of the investigation.

A relationship of trust has developed between the teams. Jodi Kantor explains: “We wanted to work with people who share our values ​​and have the same level of responsibility”. Megan Twohey says she started by “demanding from Plan B that our survey be adapted with as much fidelity as respect”, before being reassured: “from our first meeting we were blown away. »

From paper to film: a prestigious team

A few months after the publication of the survey in the New York Timesproducers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B Entertainment (12 Years a Slave, Moonlight, Selma) as well as Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Pictures (Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle) acquired the rights for the screen.

During the production, Maria Schrader surrounded herself with a mostly female team, both in front and behind the camera. Carey Mulligan, (Promising Young woman, An Education) and Zoe Kazan (The Plot against America, The Big Sick), play journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor. Alongside them are Patricia Clarkson (Shutter Island, Pieces of April), André Braugher (Homicide, Thief) and Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice), as well as Samantha Morton (Minority Report).

See you on November 23 at the cinema to discover She saida Universal Pictures production.

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She Said: the investigation behind an earthquake