Director William MacNeill and stars Chloe Sevigny, Denis O’Hare, Jamey Sheridan, and Jeff Perry stopped by the Variety Studio presented by AT&T to talk about their new film, “Lizzie,” which follows the saga of Lizzie Borden and also stars Kristen Stewart.
The movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, resonates particularly in the era of Time’s Up and the #MeToo movement, said “Scandal” star Jeff Perry. “The absolute anvil kind of repression of the patriarchal society in this film has tremendous corollaries to what’s going on right now,” he said. “Lizzie was one of the American icons of, ‘I’m not going to take it anymore.'”
“In that period, you know, there were very little options for women,” Sevigny added. “The oppression, suppression she felt with this patriarchal father and the extreme lengths that she went to for freedom. I feel like the oppression of women has gone on for, I mean, far too long. And if celebrities can help, and Time’s Up, and #MeToo, and anything that will help women find a voice in every industry, I think is a positive thing.”