Women in Film #MTOS

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I, unfortunately, missed last night’s #MTOS, however, due to the subject matter and the excellent, thought-provoking questions provided by @bookshopgirl212, I had to have a go.

A1. Jane Campion – favourite film? A two-way tie between The Piano and An Angel At My Table.

A2. Special mentions to Les sources des femmes, Caramel, Mermaids, Girl, Interrupted, Steel Magnolias, The Women (1939) but contrary to popular opinion I flippin’ love Death Proof.

photo 4A3. There are so many but Martin Scorsese would be truly lost without Thelma Schoonmaker.

A4. It has to be Mary Pickford. At a time when actresses (she included) were largely silent, smoldering and batting eyelashes histrionically, she was co-founding United Artists.

A5. Campion is the yardstick for me but also see: Catherine Breillat, Billy Wilder, Pedro Almodóvar, Nadine Labaki,  Joss Whedon, Sarah Polley, and Quentin Tarantino.

photo 3A6. I wouldn’t say there was just one but the following were/are influential in altering perceptions of women: Theda Bara, Hattie McDaniel, Bette Davis, Mae West, Jodie Foster, Kathryn Bigelow and most recently, Haifaa al-Mansour.

A7. In terms of box office success Spielberg/Kennedy and Wagner/Cruise but personal filmic enjoyment has stemmed from the collaborations of Delpy/Hawke/Linklater and Jackson/Walsh.

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A8. Fear. Hollywood still grossly underestimates, not only, the draw of leading women but the ability of female filmmakers although it is ever-so-slowly changing.

A9. See, I would argue that ‘sexualisation’ is dependent upon the gaze…Buffy Summers, Trinity (The Matrix), Sarah Connor (T2), Jordan O’Neill (G.I. Jane), Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill), Black Widow (The Avengers), Evelyn Salt, Yu Shu Lien and Jen Yu (Crouching Tiger…). There is, of course, the definitive female action hero, Wonder Woman but alas no film, yet.

photo 2A10. Given the ideology surrounding characterisations, and the oft pre-occupation with youth and visual perfection. I would suggest looking to the aspirational real-life women who fight tirelessly to get the films made, in whichever guise they take.



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