Kathryn Bigelow: 'Female filmmakers should never take no for an answer'

The Hurt Locker director refuses to back down from "knocking on doors".

Director Kathryn Bigelow has advised female filmmakers to keep pushing their projects forward no matter how many rejections they receive.

The Zero Dark Thirty veteran is the first woman ever to win the Academy Award for Best Director for her 2008 war movie The Hurt Locker, and the 65-year-old insists she earned her achievements by never giving up.

"I always tell women: Don't take no for an answer," Bigelow informs U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight. "No doesn't exist."

Nearly 40 years after launching her career in 1978 with her short film The Set-Up, Kathryn believes much progress has been made when it comes to gender equality in Hollywood. Bigelow is convinced aspiring women filmmakers have a lot more opportunities nowadays, citing the astronomical success of fellow director Patty Jenkins' record-breaking superhero film Wonder Woman as an example.

Wonder Woman became the highest-grossing female-directed film of all time with worldwide box office profits nearing $790 million (£598 million) since its release in June (17).

"I certainly am so excited for (Jenkins) and I think that the more women that are doing - that are out there achieving aspirations - perhaps that's an inspiration to pursue these careers," she smiles. "I know it feels sort of abstract and impossible when you're just sort of knocking on doors, but it's not. I'm here; she's (Jenkins) here."

Meanwhile, Kathryn is focused on opening even more doors for women in the entertainment industry by delivering consistently good work, earning her high praise from John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore and other stars of her upcoming film Detroit.

"When I read Detroit, I knew it was an award season film," Mackie gushes to ET. "I knew that when Kathryn and (screenwriter) Mark (Boal) get together, they get together with one specific goal in mind - that's to make the best film that they can make, and usually when making the best film that you can make, little statues and recognition come with that."

Detroit, which centres around the brutal murder of three young black men at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 riots in Michigan, reaches U.S. theatres on 4 August (17).

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