Girls can do anything boys can. Punch, kick, speed race a car, jump out of a building. Nobody proves that sentiment more than the stuntwomen you see in movies and on TV, the documentary “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood” shows us why.
The film explores the talent and work of being a female stunt double, highlighting the history of how female stunt performers came to be. Through the accounts of active stunt performers, who many have seen in films like “Fast and Furious” and the Marvel movies, and the women who are largely considered to be pioneers of the profession, the documentary showcases the challenges female stunt performers have faced in a largely male-dominated field. Today on FilmWeek, we’re joined by director April Wright, and retired stunt veterans Jeannie Epper and Jadie David, to talk more about the importance of the film and how the profession has evolved over time.
Jeannie Epper, retired stuntwoman whose filmography includes the television series “Wonder Woman,” “Kill Bill: Volume 2,” and “Quarantine”
Jadie David, retired stuntwoman whose filmography includes “Escape from L.A,” “The Blues Brothers,”and “Sudden Impact”; she is co-founder of the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women, an organization advocating for more opportunity for black stunt performers