Jessie Buckley discusses whether it mattered that Men had male director

Jessie Buckley has said online criticism of Men for telling its story through the prism of a male writer-director is "reductive".

The Oscar-nominated star plays the lead role in Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland's new folk horror, in which she plays a woman who hopes to regroup at a country home after the death of her abusive husband.

She has a series of unsettling encounters with men from the local village, who are all portrayed by Rory Kinnear — including a vicar and a nine-year-old boy — and seem to embody different facets of the ways in which men are a danger to women.

Video transcript

TOM BEASLEY: Well, I've seen some criticism of the film online, and I wondered if any of you had any misgivings about the fact, it was a man telling this story, given the themes it goes into.

JESSIE BUCKLEY: No, I don't. I think I want to work with men and women. I think we've got to be in a conversation with each other. And Alex offered up an interesting question. And I think he was equally open to having a woman respond with a film on the other side of what men is.

And I think it's reductive to be divisive like that in say that only women can tell one story and only men can tell another story. Otherwise, you never going to actually grow together, you're just going to live linearly together and have separate points of view. Yeah, so each of their own, but it wasn't--

RORY KINNEAR: It was the process of making the film, it seemed like a process for learning as well, for all of us. And particularly these two weeks that we had in rehearsals, which was essentially Jessie, myself, and Alex just sat in a room chatting as much about the script, as not about the script. And all those discussions then fed into the script that we were going to make. And so it was as much from a female, as a male perspective.

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