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Why are there so few female film-makers?

This article was written by Kira Cochrane.

“For Vanity Fair’s annual ­Hollywood issue a few years back, photographer Annie Leibovitz created a classic image of a film director at work. Posing beneath a stormy sky, George Clooney stood with his shirt ripped open, trousers tucked rakishly into his boots, arms outstretched – a young Orson Welles meets Michelangelo’s vision of God. His crew were a crowd of female models in flesh-coloured lingerie; not the obvious costume for a camera operator, but there you are. This was the auteur as masculine genius, a warrior amid a sea of passive women.

This has long been the archetype of the film director, but over the last few months a host of women have been making waves: Sam Taylor-Wood with Nowhere Boy, Lone Scherfig with An Education, Andrea Arnold with Fish Tank. Then there are Kathryn Bigelow and Jane Campion, both trailing Oscar buzz for The Hurt Locker and Bright Star respectively.”

Read the rest of this article from The Guardian.

The Ten Commandments of Filmmaking
How to Work (and Survive) in the
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by Peter D. Marshall

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  • James March 2, 2010, 8:49 AM

    I always had that question in my mind. Never came to an answer

  • Marian March 2, 2010, 2:41 PM

    Hi guys
    There’ll be at least one more if you all support our film, which aims to show some of the reasons through telling a great and entertaining (fictional) story. Virtual tickets on sale now @ http://www.development-the-movie.com, or join us on Facebook; Development-the-movie will be free to download once made because we want lots of audience response—

    See also http://genderacrossborders.com/2010/02/02/development-the-movie/

  • Jenny March 8, 2010, 3:37 PM

    This article (especially in light of last night’s Oscar win for Kathryn Bigelow) makes me realize that I really should go after my dreams & try my hand at film directing. I’ve had the dream of doing so since I was a teenager but fear & lack of confidence are very good at holding a person back. If I learned anything last night, it is that women can achieve anything, even Best Director Oscars, if they really believe in themselves & their dreams & if they actually go out there & do it! I don’t really have any more excuses unless I continue to let fear stand in my way. Hopefully I can find a way to get past all my excuses & really start doing the work I feel I was put here to do…

  • Peter D. Marshall March 8, 2010, 4:10 PM

    Jenny,
    To use an old expression: “You go girl!”
    Peter