Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This one-hour cable documentary is a paean to the "new face" of the Hollywood power structure, which for many years was a boys-only club. But thanks to the ascendancy of female superstars and the success of such female-engendered projects as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, women are every bit as important as men in the Hollywood of the 21st century -- and in some aspects, even more so. Trading war stories about the sexism and chauvinism they encountered while crashing through Tinseltown's glass ceiling is a veritable honor role of actresses and production personnel. Among those interviewed are producers Lauren Shuler-Donner, Polly Platt, and Laura Ziskin; directors Mimi Leder, Mira Nair, and Callie Khouri; cinematographer Ellen Kuras; film editor Sally Menke; and actresses Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Gena Rowlands, Kirsten Dunst, Penelope Cruz, Kathleen Turner, and Lily Tomlin, among others. Women on Top: Hollywood and Power was narrated by actress Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don't Cry).
anecdotes, behind-the-scenes, chauvinist, film-director, film-industry, film-producer, Hollywood, interview, retrospective, sexism, success, women