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Everywhere you went there were talks organised to promote female directors but they were still under represented
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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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I really believe that Louis recognised the music from the tour, and when I gave birth to him at home I played Ray's record as something that he would recognise to come into the world with. </p>

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Cate Blanchett and director Todd Haynes turn to help Rooney Mara upon arrival for the screening of the film Carol at the Cannes Film Festival, 17 May 2015

Women in flats were reportedly asked to leave the red carpet at the premiere of LGBT film Carol
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Cate Blanchett stars in Carol as a woman who realises she has lesbian desires
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First look review: Carol
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Girl power: (left to right) Zendaya, Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid,
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Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in 2011 aged only 27
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But it never loses its sense of awe about what she achieved

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Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward and Robin in the 1960s Batman TV show

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