So it’s time to start up this blog again for 2018!
The past year has been a big year for women in film. In the work that they have produced, and in closing that gender gap. Awareness is the main word I think of when I look back at 2017. Women found their voice and we’re not afraid to speak out anymore thanks to the #metoo and #timesup campaigns. And although the tragedy of it all was revealed we can be thankful that it finally was and now people KNOW. There’s no denying anything anymore. The gender bias and inequality is clear and open for anyone to see.
So with that in mind what will 2018 bring?
Well firstly it brought the Golden Globes. Women, whilst not nominated in the best director category yet again, were definetly heard and seen. The statement Black dresses and pairing of women’s activists on the red carpet, the outspoken statement from Natalie Portman and the incredible speech from Oprah Winfrey.
And LadyBird won Best picture which just goes to show that female driven stories directed by women can be relatable and engaging. These are the stories I hope to see more of in 2018. Yet the directing category once again proved how much we are still stuck in an industry of gender inequality. ‘An analysis of previous nominees by AFP shows that just five women have been selected to compete for best director in the storied history of the Globes, which goes back to the early 1940s’ (1)
With that in mind the Oscars nominations came shortly after and delivered us a female director nom in Greta Gerwig, but staggeringly the same statistics as the Golden Globes shroud this category. Out of the 5 previously nominated women since the Oscars began only 1 has won. Kathryn Bigelow and now hopefully Greta Gerwig and, whilst the miniscule female 7% of top grossing directors from 2016 crept up to 11% last year, its still an unacceptably small number of the large pool of female talent that could be spread across our screens.
There were campaigns that aimed to get women filmmakers seen last year and they have continued into 2018 as well. #femalefilmmakerfriday just passed on February 2nd where women were encouraged to post a photo of themselves working on set in order to shift the stigma surrounding jobs in the film industry.
A similar movement to this was Italian director Elena Rossini who started creating GIF’s of female directors in an attempt to bulk out the search of filmmaker images with those of woman as well as men. ‘Marian Wright Edelman’s quote “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” is often evoked in discussions about the lack of women in science and technology. The same could be said about the world of filmmaking.'
2018 will be the year of the woman and I want to make sure that I’m doing all I can to help us along this path as well. Starting with bringing back my featured female filmmaker blog posts in order to showcase the incredible talent that has slipped under the radar for far too long.
There are plenty of amazing women out there and this year its time for them!