Oscar-nominated “Crip Camp” director Nicole Newnham had lined up her subsequent venture. She is ready to helm a characteristic documentary about groundbreaking intercourse researcher Shere Hite for NBC Information Studios. Deadline broke the news.
Hite made a splash together with her first ebook, “The Hite Report on Feminine Sexuality,” printed in 1976. Amongst different revelations, the feminist sexologist concluded that 70 % of the ladies surveyed for the bestseller didn’t orgasm from intercourse, and most ladies had been in a position to come simply by themselves. This may seem to be frequent — or a minimum of, unsurprising — data right now however on the time, it was fairly the bomb to drop on a tradition that was nonetheless fairly clueless on the subject of girls’s sexuality, regardless of its current “sexual revolution.” The landmark “Hite Report” bought 50 million of copies.
However, as with all feminist accomplishment, Hite’s pioneering analysis had its justifiable share of detractors, too. Playboy dubbed her ebook “The Hate Report” and the non secular proper was pissed off, as per traditional.
“[Hite] actually turned a goal, as a result of what she was saying frankly wasn’t very welcomed to a male viewers. There was lots of what she was speaking about that indicated that ladies possibly didn’t want males as a lot as males thought they wanted them within the sexual area, and in order that was a bit threatening I believe for males,” defined Elizabeth Fischer, head of manufacturing for NBC Information Studios. “[The scientific establishment] spoke fairly candidly about them pondering her strategies had been questionable, and but she had 1000’s of respondents to her questionnaires.”
Hite relocated to Europe within the ’90s and gave up her American passport. “After a decade of sustained assaults on myself and my work, significantly my ‘experiences’ into feminine sexuality, I now not felt free to hold out my analysis to the perfect of my capacity within the nation of my start,” she wrote. Hite died in London last September.
“I used to be simply floored, to consider this life that had been so significant to so many ladies, and that not solely the story of her, however the public dialog round that info had kind of disappeared,” Newnham instructed Deadline. “And the obituary had some details about how that occurred, which was simply actually, actually riveting to me.”
Newnham’s doc will draw from hours of mostly-unaired Hite interview footage from NBC Information’ archives. Newnham, Fischer, and NBC Information Studios head of documentary Molly O’Brien are additionally hoping to make use of a few of Hite’s authentic analysis supplies, such because the audio recordings of the ladies who anonymously responded to her questionnaires. “These audio responses can be simply wonderful home windows on what culturally was occurring with ladies throughout these time intervals,” Fischer stated.
Newnham goals to make a movie that “not solely introduced [Hite] again to life and introduced that actually related info again into public discourse, but in addition type of provides you the chance to see, how does a lady get silenced? How does that occur?” She continued, “Folks attacking her for her scientific methodology. Folks casting aspersions on her character. It’s a story as ladies we see play out again and again now, however to see it play out round one thing so simply plain true, as was what she was speaking about, I believe may very well be beautiful.”
“Crip Camp,” a doc a few summer season camp for youngsters with disabilities and the social motion it impressed, was nominated for Finest Documentary Function at this yr’s Oscars. Newnham helmed the movie with James Lebrecht. “Crip Camp” has picked up prizes on the Indie Spirit Awards and the IDA Documentary Awards, and was one in every of our favourite docs of 2020.
Newnham’s different credit embrace “The Revolutionary Optimists,” “The Rape of Europa,” and “Sentenced House.”