OLIVER'S WOMEN is a story about a celebrity director and sexism.
A rumor floats through Hollywood that Oliver Stone is a misogynist. But, if his female characters have anything to say about it, they’ll tell you it simply isn’t true.
Through a series of exclusive interviews, OLIVER’S WOMEN reveals how the "industry" works to insult and abuse anyone who goes against the male-dominated Hollywood system that objectifies women. A system that America is just beginning to come to grips with.
Not only does the author, Stone's former social media manager Emily Winslow, get the story from popular celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, and Juliette Lewis, but she takes a deep dive into the director's psyche to reveal the strange -- even frightening -- beginnings of Oliver Stone's “feminine side." Influences that compelled him to deliver strong and realistic female depictions in all his movies.
And, boy, did he pay for it.
The pushback to his strong characters wasn't just against Oliver, either, but it was against his women actors, too. Juliette Lewis, for example, reveals that she’s never experienced such unwarranted brutality from the American press as she did after playing the role of the serial-killing tom-boy Mallory Knox in Oliver's Natural Born Killers (1994). And it wasn't because her character was a violent criminal...it was because her character wasn't sexy enough.
Spanning forty-years, the book travels from crummy writers' rooms in London to newspaper desks of Chicago and New York City. It discovers that sexist practices are not only employed by writers, producers, and directors, but by the movie critics, too.
And a thumbs up or down can mean life or death at the box office.
Filled with the same Tinseltown thrills of Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, but tempered with the seriousness of Naomi Jones’ The Wrong Kind of Women, OLIVER’S WOMEN is the first book to examine the female characters from a top director; and how Hollywood sexism can happen to a man.
Why does it matter that we look back and revisit the strong female characters in Oliver Stone movies?
Because. movies. matter.
* After Jaws was released Americans suddenly started listing "sharks" as one of their top ten fears.
* When BMW paid the James Bond franchise to have James Bond switch from driving an Aston Martin to a BMW Z3, they made $240 million in pre-sales alone.
* The year that Brave and Hunger Games came out (2012) female participation in archery went up 110%.
* And studies show that what you see in movies can affect your career choice, your emotions, your sense of self identity, your relationships, your mental health and even your marriage.