"Suddenly the Weinstein story was everywhere," she remembers, "As a female filmmaker, I was very familiar with sexual misconduct, some of which is easy to talk about and some of it more difficult. I like to funnel my anxieties and fears into my art, so I decided to turn the focus of the film toward Hollywood."
When Green discussed her film concept with James Schamus and Scott Macaulay - the producers of her previous feature-length documentary entitled Casting JonBenet - they jumped at the chance to produce The Assistant.
"Having already worked with Kitty on a complicated film, I knew that she never goes halfway," says Schamus. "She always dives in. When she told us she wanted to make a film in response to her personal journey with what we now call #MeToo, I knew it would be something we would be proud to be part of."
Macaulay adds, "One of the things that knocks me out about Kitty's work is the way she looks at the wider world and filters that perception through art. So in fact, by exploring sexual assault and harassment in our industry, she is also addressing that same phenomenon in many other industries, on college campuses and elsewhere."
"When I began drafting this film, I saw it as a work of scripted nonfiction based on the specifics of the stories that women had told me," says Green. "Eventually the script began to evolve into a composite of the thousands of stories I'd heard, seen through the eyes of one woman. While the goals of the project remained the same, it took on a life of its own. I guess now I would define it as a fiction film that had an intensive documentary-style research process."
This is the sort of movie that's guaranteed to get a strong emotional reaction from you. It's well worth watching and gaining a greater understanding of the ways in which vulnerable employees are treated in a patriarchal system that rewards powerful psychopaths and predators and fails anyone who tries to make things better.
The Assistant is now available to rent via Foxtel On Demand and will be available to Rent On Demand from 10 June on Google Play, iTunes, Fetch TV, Telstra Bigpond, Sony (Playstation Network), Microsoft and Quickflix.
As part of a partnership with The New York Women's Foundation, the filmmakers, producers, and financiers will donate 10 percent of their profits from the film to support The New York Women's Foundation's grantmaking to women-led, community-based organizations that promote the economic security, safety, and health of women and families in New York City, where the film was made.
To learn more about The New York Women's Foundation, visit www.nywf.org.