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Women Are Fighting Back To Take Over Hollywood

“Dependent’s Day” Proves A Big Success

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By Raychel Harvey- Jones

It’s all about the power of a woman, but how do the guys feel about being dependent on the opposite sex.

“Dependent’s Day” follows the relationship of Cam, played by Joe Burke – a frustrated and unemployed actor determined to follow his dream and his super sexy, successful girlfriend Alice played by Benita Robledo.

“My short answer is that I loved playing the role of Cam. I brought a lot of myself to the role. My sense of timing and comedy mixed with the director’s vision meshed well to create an engaging but yet very heartfelt performance, tone, and movie. As silly as the film can feel at times, keeping it grounded and feeling real was always most important to me. Honesty in character and story is also something I want to strive for, I think we found a great balance, “ says Joe Burke.

Director of “Dependent’s Day” Michael Lynch admits he was planning on making a short but from the moment Burke was cast as cam it became a feature. With so few movies offering strong roles for women I ask Burke how he felt about playing the underdog?

Burke says, “I loved playing the underdog character because I relate to that. I would say most folks do. It’s a fun place to be because people will ultimately root for you. And they can see themselves in the characters shoes, knowing what it’s like to go after your dreams and do your best. To fight for what you want. It’s a fun, uplifting journey to be on.”

“I think Cam is big hearted. He’s a genuine guy.

He has a dream of wanting to be an actor. He’s a little naive but super sincere, and at the end of the day, he truly means well, as misunderstood as he may come across. I share a lot of these traits myself and can relate to them. But Cam’s a sweet guy who wants to do some good in the world. He’s very relatable.”

Lynch’s vision came to life with this movie. In an exclusive interview with Buzzfeed, he said he kept seeing guy friends from middle school and college becoming stay at home dads, but no one was talking about it. 

“I also think it’s imperative to have strong female characters.

I think “Dependent’s Day” does that well. And you can already notice how Hollywood is embracing this with the new Star Wars movies for example and other films coming out that have strong female leads. It took a while but it’s finally happening, and I think it’s great for everyone,” adds Burke.

It’s not just on-screen men outnumber women but also behind the scenes and when it comes to film critics. Gender imbalance is an issue in the movie industry. San Diego University’s Center for the study of women in film and television recently released data showing that 73% of Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics are men.

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