We have seen more than a few movies about Wall St, some amazing and some less than great, but we have never seen a movie about Wall St quite like EQUITY. Following an investment banker climbing up the Wall St ladder can be both intense and thrilling, watching the competition and the chaos, getting a glimpse into what drives the passion these characters have to make it to the top. But EQUITY isn’t just another film about Wall St, EQUITY gives the audience a glimpse into what it’s like to be a woman on Wall St. Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) is a senior investment banker at a large firm, she is strong, confident, not afraid of power and the image of a success. Bishop is respected by not only her coworkers but by the industry, she’s worked hard and made sacrifices and is comfortable in the life she has. After a I.P.O she was handling went bad, it took some considerable work to get her bosses to allow her to take over another huge I.P.O. that means big money for the company, but she assures them that between her and her VP Erin it’s completely under control. Alliances, betrayals and a government lawyer, an old friend of Naomi’s, looking into insider trading, Naomi’s life is about to be turned upside down. EQUITY is a seductive look at the world of big money through the eyes of three powerful women, it explores gender stereotypes without it feeling like it is pushing an agenda due to its careful direction and story. It magnifies some of the impossible choices women have to make in the workplace, the women are strong and upfront about what they want and aren’t afraid to go for it. A speech by Naomi Bishop in the beginning of the movie was perfection and my favorite moment in the film, while Wall St may be a sea of men, women can be just as powerful.
EQUITY doesn’t just showcase women on the big screen it showcases the work of women behind the camera as well, from director to production company EQUITY has an all-female creative team. Masterfully directed by Meera Menon from a skillful script by Amy Fox based on a story by Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, and Fox. The film showcases women of all walks of life all in positions of power, yet remains a film about life on Wall St, and never becomes just a women’s movie. Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner were not just behind the story they also starred in and produced the film, they recently sat down with The Movie Chickk’s Krisily Kennedy to talk about their new film. Check out the video below.
A great story and talented actors are only as good as the person leading them and it’s no doubt this film soars with Menon at the helm. Her careful and attentive direction shows in every frame and her skill is a perfect match with the slow burning thriller’s story. Director Meera Menon also sat down with Krisily and talked about working with an amazing team of powerful both on and off screen. Check out our chat below.
Equity opens in theatres today get your tickets here and don’t miss out on this seductive, thrilling and honest look at Wall St like we have never seen it before.