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Helen Mirren: We need more females behind lens

Published 05/12/2009

Dame Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren
Actress Helen Mirren accepts the Oscar for best actress for her work in "The Queen" the 79th Academy Awards
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Dame Helen Mirren has called for more women to get behind the camera as she collected a lifetime achievement award at a prestigious event which celebrates female achievement in film and TV.

The 64-year-old actress was honoured at the Women in Film and Television Awards, attended by stars including Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and actors Toby Stephens, Kerry Fox and Patricia Hodge.

The Oscar-winning star of films such as The Queen, Calendar Girls, State Of Play and Gosford Park is also well-known for her role as straight-talking detective Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect.

Dame Helen, who received her gong from veteran actor John Hurt, told how when she started out: “It was all men. If you were lucky there was one woman...

“That was it, everybody else on the set (was a man) and my God it's changed and that's fantastic.”

But she continued: “It has not gone nearly far enough... I want to see more women behind the camera. I think that's one area we have to keep working on.”

Belfast Telegraph

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