Magazine article Screen International

'Fleabag' Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Viewers Crave More Female-Centric Stories

Magazine article Screen International

'Fleabag' Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Viewers Crave More Female-Centric Stories

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Broadcasters cannot ignore the public appetite for more nuanced dramas, says Killing Eve creator.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The TV industry “can no longer get away with not having the conversation” about the issues raised by the #MeToo movement, according to Fleabag and Killing Eve writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Talking to Broadcast at the ‘pink carpet’ Cannes premiere of BBC America’s Killing Eve, which stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer in lead roles, Waller-Bridge said that “people have woken the fuck up” around the need for more female-centric stories.

Asked whether there are more such opportunities on the programming side, Waller-Bridge said: “There is a huge appetite and a need for these stories to be told. Because of the conversation around #MeToo, these stories are coming to the surface more and becoming more specific and nuanced, so people are more open to hearing and seeing those stories.”

In January, Waller-Bridge attended the Sundance Film Festival to promote a short film and took part in a Respect Rally on the back of the #MeToo movement. …

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