Kate Winslet has spoken of her ‘bitter regret’ at working with ‘individuals whom I wish I had not’ – although she did not directly name Woody Allen.
There had been calls for the British actress to speak out following her refusal to discuss her reasons for working with the problematic director who was accused of sexual assault by his daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child.
‘It almost feels uncomfortable to receive an award at such a time, but being up here does give me the opportunity to say some things that matter to me,’ said Kate, as she accepted the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.
‘I wouldn’t be able to stand here this evening and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have at poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not,’ she added.
Kate, 42, worked with Allen on his upcoming flick Wonder Wheel, which also stars Justin Timberlake, Jim Belushi and Juno Temple; she refused to speak about the accusations against Allen in 2017 when the allegations around Harvey Weinstein were first released, and the spotlight was once again shone on Allen.
‘There are directors, producers and men of power, who have for decades been awarded and applauded for their highly regarded work, both within this industry and by movie-goers alike. Indeed many actors have had flourishing careers due in part to roles played in their films,’ she said on Sunday night at the ceremony, ‘the message we received for years was that it was the highest compliment to be offered roles by these men.’
As she referenced the recent women’s march that took place last weekend, she admitted that she ‘wouldn’t be able to stand here this evening and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have at poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not’.
‘It has become clear to me that by not saying anything I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men. Sexual abuse is a crime. While it rests with the rule of law to pass judgement, it lies with all of us to listen to the smallest of voices and to never stop listening.’
Many of Allen’s collaborators have now distanced themselves from him, with Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig confirming she will never work with him again.
Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet,Rebecca Hall and Selena Gomez all donated their fees for working on Allen’s movie, Rainy Day In New York, to charity, and Ellen Page said that working with the man was ‘the biggest mistake of my life’.