This Changes Everything (2018 film)

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This Changes Everything
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Film poster
Directed byTom Donahue
Produced byIlan Arboleda
Tom Donahue
Kerianne Flynn
Music byLeigh Roberts and Allison Piccioni
CinematographyStefano Ferrari
Edited byJasmin Way
Release date
  • 9 September 2018 (2018-09-09) (TIFF)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

This Changes Everything is a 2018 American documentary film, directed by Tom Donahue.[1] An examination of sexism in the Hollywood film industry, the film interviews a variety of actresses and women filmmakers on their experiences in the industry.[2]

The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival,[1] where it was named first runner-up for the People's Choice Award: Documentaries.[3] The film received multiple standing ovations and was only the second documentary to be shown in Toronto's iconic 2600-seat Roy Thomson Hall. The film was created in association with Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Artemis Rising Foundation, David Yurman and Lyft Entertainment. The film explores the issues surrounding gender inequality in Hollywood and has since screened in over 20 film festivals in North America and Europe.[4]

On January 17, 2019, Deadline Hollywood announced that the film's theatrical, streaming, and broadcast rights for North America had been acquired by Good Deed Entertainment, and that the film would be released theatrically in the first half of 2019.[5]

This Changes Everything also won the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition at the Cleveland International Film Festival In April 2019.[6] The film had its premiere on 700+ screens via Fathom Releasing on July 22[7] followed by a limited theatrical release on August 9.

On October 27, 2019, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences awarded Geena Davis with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work profiled in This Changes Everything. Lina Wertmuller (who is mentioned in the documentary as the film director that inspired Maria Giese to become a filmmaker) was also honored with a Life Achievement Award.

In her review for the New York Times, Aisha Harris called the film “passionate... a crucial Cri de Coeur”[8] and Ashley Lee from the Washington Post called it “searing”.[9]

Pete Hammond from Deadline called the film “powerful and fascinating”. He writes, “Some might believe that this movie especially, considering the subject matter, should be helmed by a woman. Donahue, however, is the one who got it made and feels correctly that it is as much if not more important to open the eyes of men in this regard.”[10]

In his Variety review, Peter Debruge writes, "There’s something to be said for solidarity shown by those who have nothing to gain from their support beyond the advancement of the greater good. So, like white people at a Black Lives Matter rally or straight folks at a Gay Pride parade, Donahue deserves credit for proactively going out of his way to make a movie that tells it like it is — and paints it as it could be."[11]

The film had its cable premiere on Starz on December 16, 2019.[12]

On January 2020, This Changes Everything won a Philanthropy Women's Leadership Award.[13]


  1. ^ a b "'This Changes Everything': Film Review | TIFF 2018". The Hollywood Reporter, September 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "TIFF review: This Changes Everything". Now, September 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "'Green Book' boosts awards season prospects with TIFF audience award win". Screen Daily, September 16, 2018.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (2016-06-08). "Geena Davis Producing Documentary on Hollywood's Gender Inequality (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  5. ^ "‘This Changes Everything’ Docu About Hollywood Discrimination Acquired By Good Deed". Deadline Hollywood, January 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "The George Gund Foundation". The George Gund Foundation. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  7. ^ "This Changes Everything (2019) —". Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  8. ^ Harris, Aisha (2019-08-08). "'This Changes Everything' Review: Hollywood's Men, Called to Action". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  9. ^ Lee, Ashley. "Geena Davis's new documentary wants to challenge Americans to rethink their media diet". The Lily. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  10. ^ Hammond, Pete (2019-07-18). "'This Changes Everything' Review: Compelling Documentary Tackles Hollywood Gender Inequality Head-On". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  11. ^ Debruge, Peter (2018-09-09). "Film Review: 'This Changes Everything'". Variety. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  12. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2019-10-03). "Starz Acquires Geena Davis' Docu 'This Changes Everything', Idris Elba Comedy Series & More". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  13. ^ Marek, Kiersten (2020-01-06). "Announcing the 2020 Philanthropy Women Leadership Awards". Philanthropy Women. Retrieved 2020-01-08.

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