“Australian production company Screen NSW has announced that all TV drama series must now include women in key creative roles in order to receive financing. It’s a huge step towards gender equality for Australian TV.”
– Casey Cipriani, for Women and Hollywood.
Image: Pacifica Post, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California, Mar 17, 2015.
Women are so used to that active empathizing with the active protagonist of a male-driven plot. That’s what we’ve done all our lives. – Meryl Streep.
Because men are commonly treated as the default in movies—the everyman who stands in for the audience—they rarely are forced to empathize with others’ perspectives. If cinema does not reflect men’s experiences, it can be difficult for male audience members to see themselves in the picture in the way women are forced to. That affects not only the way that men interact with movies but also how they review them.
The problem is, thus, not just that men do not like female-driven movies and television shows as much as women do but that they have a disproportionate say in how such entertainment is received.
In a bid to address the gender imbalance in the local screen industry, Screen Australia has just funded 45 female-led story ideas and 13 industry projects across film, TV and the web as part of its Gender Matters initiative. Congratulations to all recipients! #GenderMatters
Reinventing the rules of narrative storytelling and offering new ways to look at heroism, agency, and what it means to be resilient.
“People don’t really understand how important comedians are, comedy is part of what we need in our life, like movies and art and water and air. We have to have the release of laughter, and when we do it as a community …
Oh my God, have you ever been in a club and laughed at once on a joke? Do you know how long you feel that joy? That joy is contagious. That is not something that is a privilege, sweetheart. That is a need. And we’re not releasing community any more. Have you noticed? We’re not.” – Leslie Jones
Ghostbusters is released in the UK on Monday 11 July; Australia on 14 July, and in the US on July. 15