It’s Gloria Steinem’s birthday. It’s the perfect day to talk about how proud I am to be directing a female-driven film, surrounded by a team that is mostly women. And the women have the good jobs!
Glass ceiling, glass shmeiling, say I. Even better, the story is about a woman. Three women, actually. One is the central character, and the other two are very strong supporting characters who don’t exist merely as someone’s wife or daughter or sister, but who have rich storylines of their own. It’s not about a woman’s relationship with a man. The women find other things to talk about, entirely unrelated to men. It passes the Bechdel Test with flying colours.
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It's a huge deal, because women make up around 5% of the feature film directors in the world. The figure fluctuates from country to country and year to year, but it’s always shockingly low. So, too, are the figures for producers, editors, cinematographers and composers. A San Diego State University study of the 250 top-grossing films in Hollywood in 2014 found only 7% were directed by women, a decline since 1998, when that figure was only 9%. Yikes. Of other key off-screen figures, only 17% were female. Again, I say, yikes.
The women on my team are talented, hard-working, and dedicated. We work well together. We solve problems together. We support each other and we have each other’s backs. Most of all, we are committed to making an amazing film that we all believe in, 100%. With the determination, resourcefulness, practicality and ability to multi-task that are such powerful female characteristics, that is exactly what we’re going to do.
PS The men on my team are awesome too. Much of their awesomeness comes from their respect for the women they are working with