I recently decided to get a subscription to ‘Neon’ – which has the first season of Big Little Lies. I never thought it would be something I would watch, because I knew it would be somewhat dark and mysterious, which are things I don’t always favour, but I am loving it – I’m up to episode six.
Here’s some of the reasons why I love the show:
First of all, I love that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman produced this film. When asked why she wanted to produce this series and start her own production company, Witherspoon said to the New York Times that she wants to bring “women to the front of their own stories and make them the heroes of their own stories.”
A goal I am 100% behind – and one that makes me really excited for the future of film. I’ve always been impressed with Reese Witherspoon, ever since she did an Oprah Interview where she said “it’s not cute to be dumb”
Reese is obviously an impeccable business woman and for that reason Big Little Lies is more than a Television show, it is the beginning of a turning tide in film and an example of the incredible women who are at the helm of creating.
On top of that, the characters are all really complex and strong, not in a physical sense, but in an emotional one. Witherspoon’s, Kidman’s, Dern’s and Woodley’s characters are all vulnerable through out the series, but they’re strong in that identity. Strong, because of their bond as a friendship group, strong because of the way they protect their children. The characters in Big Little Lies are unlike many that I’ve seen before.
Complex, female heroes.
Who are heroic because of their struggles, weaknesses and imperfections; not in spite of those things. In a world where young adults are influenced by pop culture, being influenced by characters like the aforementioned, will in my opinion, do arguably more good than being influenced by Barbie or the Kardashian’s ever has.
It reminds all of us, that having strength – doesn’t mean you have to be strong all the time.
Big Little Lies is a TV show I’d recommend at 18 and up, if your of that age – it’s something I suggest you watch.
It’s tragic, honest, yet beautiful and I think that it truly does bring forward the new tide of filmmaking.
And a new kind of identity to associate with a hero.
What a way to wake up! Thank you to @nytimes for this article about my production company @HelloSunshine.✨I have spent 7 years growing this company to make more parts for women and hire more female storytellers. This article is a huge acknowledgement of my work and the hard work that the staff at @hellosunshine puts in everyday. But it also acknowledges that there is a huge audience who want to see more real women on every screen. Tell us what stories you want to see @hellosunshine 🌞 (Link in bio for article!)
REESE IN NY TIMES: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/27/business/media/reese-witherspoon-producer.html