Jodie Foster - inspired by first female film director

Jodie Foster at a screening for the breast cancer charity Pink Ribbon in Monaco

Francophile Hollywood star Jodie Foster had never heard of pioneering film director Alice Guy-Blaché when she was asked to narrate a film about her, even though she has worked in cinema since she was seven. 

Ms Foster, 56, said: “It’s kind of extraordinary as I’ve been in the movie business a long time – yet had never heard of possibly the first filmmaker that ever existed.”

The Oscar-winning actress, director and producer added: “The director [Pamela B. Green] told me the story. I was blown away by her and totally inspired.

“I grew up never having met another female filmmaker.

“There were very few that I knew of and most of them were European. So I wanted to hear the story as much as anyone else and it took many years to make that happen.”

She said she thought Guy-Blaché, who began making films 123 years ago just after the Lumière brothers’ first film projection, was “rendered invisible” in film history because she was a woman and because “she ...

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