Thelma and Louise star Geena Davis to speak at Kiwi film summit The Power Of Inclusion

Thelma and Louise star Geena Davis has been announced as the latest speaker to join the New Zealand Film Commission's Power of Inclusion summit. 

The Academy Award winner will speak alongside over 35 local and international stalwarts of the entertainment industry over a two-day event in October. 

The Power Of Inclusion summit will present a programme on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space in the area of filmmaking and further afield. 

New Zealand Film Commission CEO Annabelle Sheehan said it was an honour to welcome Davis to the lineup. 

"Her body of work and her activism are an inspiration," Sheehan said in a statement. 

"As an industry, we have a responsibility to empower, to amplify and to focus on equity in front of and behind the camera.”

Known for playing iconic roles such as Thelma in Ridley Scott's seminal film Thelma and Louise, Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004. 

The organisation was a response to what Davis felt was a stunning lack of female representation on screen. She spearheaded the institute under the mantra 'If she can see it, she can be it'. 

Other speakers presenting at the Power of Inclusion include Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern along with filmmakers Niki Caro and Phillipa Boyens.

The event will take place in Auckland on October 3 and 4.


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