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Don’t Silence Me – What’s Next For The #MeToo Movement
April 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
A panel discussion on the theme ‘Me too…What’s next?’ will take place in London on Wednesday 17 April 2019 at The Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge, following the release of the Don’t Silence Me video, which so far has received over 130,000 views on social media and has opened up the debate on #metoo, shifting the focus from the perpetrators to the survivors, giving them the freedom to express themselves through music, performance and art.
Organizers hope the evening will open the discussion into the broader question of how the #metoo movement can evolve as a whole, and, crucially, how survivors of sexual assault can find their voice again, regain control and move forward, positively, with their lives.
The panel will include Hollywood screenwriter Janet Dulin Jones, who has been personally affected by issues raised by the #MeToo movement and has worked with Ronan Farrow as a named source in the Les Moonves New Yorker article; actor Mhairi Morrison, the focus of the Don’t Silence Me video, the song’s writer; Sadie Jemmett, and theatre director Jo McInnes. The panel will be moderated by former Vogue associate editor Bridget Arsenault.
There will be a screening of the video and also a live performance of the song by its writer, Sadie Jemmett.
See below for venue details and bios of panellists.
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Moderator: Bridget Arsenault
Originally from Nova Scotia, Bridget Arsenault holds a Master’s Degree from Oxford University and a BA honours in English and Women Studies from Mount Allison University. A longtime journalist, she worked for Vanity Fair UK for over eight years, ending her time there as the Associate Editor, Print and Digital and the London Correspondent for vanityfair.com. Bridget continues to work freelance for Vanity Fair and also works freelance for a variety of international publications, including British Vogue, Travel + Leisure, House & Garden, Refinery29 and Departures. Bridget is also a Lifestyle Editor at Forbes.com and the UK and London Editor for Equestrian Living. At the end of 2013 Bridget co-founded The Bright Young Things Film Club, an events company that fosters young filmmaking talent. That company came to an end in 2016 and Bridget launched a new events company Long-Winded Lady Productions. Bridget was the youngest Jury member on the London Spanish Film Festival in 2015. She has received numerous awards and accolades for both her writing and volunteer work, and she is currently working on a novel and developing a TV series called Bloomingdale’s. In her spare time, Bridget loves to cook, horseback ride and is a keen party host.
Janet has written feature films for Sony, Paramount, Fox and Disney-Touchstone,/Oprah Winfrey and wrote the film Map of the World produced by Kennedy-Marshall, starring Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore. Her original TV series Gramercy Park is being produced for AMC network. The team for the series include: directors, Mike Newell and Scott Winant, producers, Brenda Friend, Lauri Apelian. Her feature film, The Last Romantics, a film about the poet Elizabeth Barrett and her secret affair with Robert Browning, is in pre-production with producers; Jane Goldenring and Jane Wright, award winning director, Lisa Ohlin is directing. She is also working with Scott Winant on another new TV project ‘The Other War‘ and her new play, The Elizabeths will be produced in London in late 2019, with David Parfitt producing, Caroline Leslie directing. Janet’s film, What If God Were The Sun, garnered SAG, Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for its star, Gena Rowlands. Janet also hosts and produces the new serious movie lover podcast: Cinema Sounds & Secrets, premiering in May 2019 on a US podcast network. It will be available on Apple podcast, Spotify & Sticher. She is a member of the WGA, was a WGA Nicholl Award Finalist and was a Writer-in-Residence in the WGA/DGA Paris, Ile de France Program.
Mhairi Morrison is a classically trained actress having attained her BA in Theater from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, in Glasgow, before studying movement and mime at Jacques Le Coq, Paris. Following her training she formed a theater company, performing as a clown throughout France. Moving to London she began working in theater, film and TV. Feature film credits include Young Adam (directed by David Mackenzie and starring Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton and Emily Mortimer), Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, O, Jerusalem (with Ian Holm) and Green Street Hooligans (directed by Lexi Alexander and starring Elijah Wood). TV credits include Murphy’s Law, Casualty (both BBC) Missing (ITV) and Emo (Channel 4). Theater credits include Blues for Mister Charlie (Tricycle Theater, London) Faeries (Royal Opera House, London) and Low Life (Blind Summit, UK and International tour) Since moving to Los Angeles, she has co-created and starred in two seasons of award-winning web series ‘Feathers and Toast’ and performs daily mimes which she produces and distributes online as the series ‘One Mime at a Time’ She works extensively in voice over and is an award winning audio book narrator, having won an Audio File Earphones Award for her narration of Amanda Scott’s The Reluctant Highlander.
Sadie Jemmett’s extraordinary songs reflect a remarkable life. From a wildly bohemian childhood through being a teenage runaway, a backing singer in a reggae band and a touring actress, to her role today as one of the most magical and original singer-songwriters to excite our ears in many years.Her third studio album, Phoenix, will be released early summer 2019 and was recorded over two weeks at Baker Studios on Vancouver Island, BC, by Cowboy Junkies and Waylin’ Jennys’ producer, Joby Baker. The album also includes the single Don’t Silence Me, written for her friend, and actress, Mhairi Morrison, who was sexually assaulted at the beginning of her career in Paris, by an extremely influential film director. Sadie’s debut album The Blacksmiths Girl was produced in LA by Grammy-nominated David Bianco (Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and released in 2011 on folk legend Judy Collins’ label Wildflower Records. Sadie recorded part of her second album, London Love Songs, at the legendary Abbey Road Studio 2, it was released, again, to critical acclaim. Sadie also contributed to a worldwide release, Music Is Love; (a singer-songwriter’s tribute to the music of Crosby Stills Nash and Young) alongside artists such as Judy Collins and Irish singer Liam O Maonlai from The Hot House Flowers. Her cover of Graham Nash’s Teach Your Children, which appears on the album, received excellent press and radio play both in the UK, Europe and America. Along the way Sadie has gained some seriously heavyweight fans, amongst them, Yoko Ono and the late, legendary, Lou Reed. Sadie has also worked for the past 20 years as a musical director and composer for theatre, in both the USA and France. Her work has been performed at The National Theatre, Paris, Theatre National de Nice, Theatre de Paris, Theatre ‘D’ Atelier, The Bouffes Du Nord and off Broadway at The La Mama Theatre New York. Her work has also toured extensively throughout France and Corsica.