Instead of meaningfully honouring Agnès Varda’s legacy by taking her 2018 protest to heart, only 4 out of the 19 films announced In Competition at Cannes are directed by women. – Marie Eberle, Medium. More:
Disney has gradually introduced a diversity into its films that reflects the changing environment, and the experience and voices of women in the 21st century. The Princess and the Frog (2009), Tangled (2010), Brave (2012), Frozen (2013), and Moana (2016), each explored the journey of smart, strong, funny, independent female characters. – Helena Bassil-Morozow, The Conversation. More:
Being a Black female filmmaker, I carry the privilege and responsibility of creating the things I wish I had seen when I was growing up. My two favorite movie genres — fantasy and coming-of-age — never had people that looked like me. – Tchaiko Omawale, Women and Hollywood. More:
As a bare-minimum metric, the Bechdel Test does a good job of showing how amazingly far Hollywood is from gender equality. But it isn’t going to push the industry toward an identifiable goal. Many films that pass the Bechdel Test failed most of these new tests. – Walt Hickey, Ella Koeze, Rachael Dottle & Gus Wezerek, FiveThirtyEight. More:
Waititi says about filming in Australia, “it was really all about just doing things right.” So on the first day of production, the traditional owners of the land performed a Welcome to Country ceremony. “You wouldn’t really start a movie in New Zealand without asking the local tribe to come in and bless you and send you to work with some good mojo.” – Caris Bizzaca, Screen Australia. More:
“Less-diverse product underperforms in the marketplace, and yet it still dominates. This makes no financial sense.” – Ana-Christina Ramón. Read more:
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“The Force Awakens was also met with prejudiced backlash for having female and black leads in Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in spam bots and a boycott only Jar Jar Binks would consider successful.” –
What’s ironic is that in a time when diversity on screens (or lack thereof) is a frequent talking point – and particularly in feature film – Down Under is a positive example of how to do it right. Down Under writer/director Abe Forsythe reveals the road he took to write and develop a comedy that revolves around a race riot.
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