by Matthew Hammett Knott.
Two weeks ago, this column profiled ten female directors aged 40 or younger. My reasons for imposing an age limit were clearly stated, but it had the unfortunate side effect of excluding an entire demographic from the conversation – one that has a sorry history of receiving such treatment in Hollywood.
However, simply flipping my gaze in their direction did not seem the most illustrative solution. Many of the most prominent female directors in the world are older than 40 – Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola etc – and the success of their careers suggests that turning forty is not the death knell for female directors that it can be for on-screen talent.
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