Female directors gain ground…slowly
Where women directors are concerned, a good news/bad news proposition.
The good: In the top-250 box office films of 2012, the percentage of female filmmakers is 9 per cent, the highest since 2000 when it was 11 per cent and nearly double last year’s 5 per cent.
The bad: The only female-directed film in the top 10 is Brave, the animated film written by Brenda Chapman, who was replaced at the helm midway through the project although she retained a co-director credit.
Yes, I mention that in the dramatic competition at Sundance, half the filmmakers this year are women. That’s also good news. What needs to happen at the studio level in order for gatekeepers to greenlight more projects by women?