Actresses Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon discuss dealing with sexism in new film Boston Strangler

In the 1960s, more than a dozen women died at the hands of the Boston Strangler, who was a serial killer terrorising the city.

Two determined reporters worked tirelessly to connect the murders and break the story. 

The movie Boston Strangler follows the story of reporters Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole, who fought for the truth while battling misogyny and sexism in and out of the newsroom.

When The Project's Tony Lyall asked actress Keira Knightley, who plays McLaughlin, what she thought of the sexism that was portrayed in the film, she said: "It's been really interesting talking to other women who have watched the film because the word 'cathartic' keeps coming up."

Knightley told The Project the film looked at how much women are judged for what they do, whether it be at work or at home.

"It looks at how difficult it is to balance any kind of career."

Actress Carrie Coon, who plays Cole, was asked if she had any sleepless nights while filming, given the film's dark content. She said: "No, because for part of the shoot, I was away from my children and so I was able to sleep through the night for the first time in a very long time."

Boston Strangler is available on Disney Plus on Friday.

Watch the full interview above