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16 Jan 2015 00:00
A study by San Diego State University finds that only 7% of Hollywood’s biggest hits are helmed by women. Angelina Jolie was one of the females on the list, with her prisoner-of-war film Unbroken.
A study has found that the number of female directors in the list of the top 250 highest-grossing films in the US has declined by 2% over the last 17 years. Dr.
the author of the study at San Diego State University, said that “it’s remarkable that we’re still at 1998 levels – whatever
is being done to address this problem is not working and we need to look for
Women only accounted
for 7% of directors in the top 250 list for 2014, with only one in the top 100 –
that was Angelina Jolie for her prisoner-of-war film Unbroken.
Nearly a quarter of film producers were women though, along
with nearly a fifth of editors – though these figures, along with those for
writers (11%), also fell since 1998. In TV, the picture was more equal, though
still miles off parity – women accounted for 28% of showrunners, producers,
directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography on shows aired in the
Hollywood does have a handful of high-profile female
directing successes. One of this year’s Oscar favourites, Selma, was directed
by Ava DuVernay, and a host of critical hits in 2014 had women at the helm,
including Obvious Child, The Babadook, Belle, and Edward Snowden documentary
Citizenfour. One of 2016’s most anticipated blockbusters, Wonder Woman, is
appropriately going to be directed by Michelle MacLaren, who cut her teeth on
Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
Kathryn Bigelow edged into the macho world of action with
Point Break and K-19: The Widowmaker, before brilliantly tackling the ‘war on
terror’ in The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, the former making her the
first female recipient of a best director Oscar. But as Lauzen says, “everyone
started talking about a ‘Bigelow effect’ that might radiate out and lift the careers
of other women directors. I don’t think we ever actually saw that happen.”
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