04 December, 2008

Patricia Resnick, screenwriter, interview

After Ellen:

"In 1979, a 26-year-old lesbian screenwriter named Patricia Resnick began working on a story about three pink-collar office workers who kidnap their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss, and secretly take over running their department.

The result was the feature film comedy, Nine to Five ­– starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and in her film debut, Dolly Parton – which went on to earn over 103 million dollars in the US alone, making it the second top-grossing film of 1980. Not bad for a film starring three women.

The movie has since become a beloved, iconic example of female solidarity and workplace injustice, with a huge lesbian fan base.

Now, it's making its way to Broadway, as the play, 9 to 5: The Musical, starring Allison Janney, Megan Hilty, and Stephanie Block."

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"AE: Do you think the story still resonates in 2008?

PR: We're 51% of the population, but we're unbelievably underrepresented: Eight female CEO's of Fortune 500 companies. And yes, women make 71 cents on the dollar. Sexual harassment still exists, it's just not as blatant. I think Nine to Five still has a lot to say.

When we first started talking about doing this, doing some workshops in New York, doing the first interviews, everyone would say to me, "Well, how is it relevant now?" I was like, "What world do you live in?""

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