It’s a Problem: Gender Inequality in Film

It’s a problem. Gender inequality in film is an issue. Fascinating insight into the film industry today.

Shout out to my dear, wonderful friend who shared this with me. You are the best. <3



11 thoughts on “It’s a Problem: Gender Inequality in Film

  1. What a great infograph! Thanks much for posting it. I was especially glad to see Kathryn Bigelow and Kathleen Kennedy get shout-outs, as I am huge fans of their work, and the film world would profit indeed if it gave more young Bigelows and Kennedys the opportunities they are not currently afforded. But getting back to the inequalities pointed out by the infograph, there are clear calls to action all over the place here. Many more female directors cannot possibly be a bad thing. And 77% of Oscar judges are men? Really? That deserves a Bronx cheer.

    One item of interest was how in Sarah Polley’s notable work, her starring role in Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead didn’t merit a mention. That movie, while I love it, will never, ever, ever be hailed as great cinema, and rightly so. But it is precisely the kind of popcorn movie that tends to draw in box box office receipts and get its stars extra profile. Stories We Tell surely deserves its mountains of praise. But would it have gained as many eyeballs if viewers did not recognize Polley from Dawn of the Dead? Perhaps not; there probably aren’t as many viewers out there who would be in the market both for Dawn of the Dead and Stories We Tell as I presume. But when i watched Beowulf & Grendel, I did it because the only name on the marquis I recognized was Polley’s.

    This touches on the gross income inequality we see in Hollywood, too. I have to wonder if at least part of the inequality comes out of the kinds of movies Hollywood finds most profitable, which tend to run with male leads. Robert Downey Jr. isn’t pulling down a $75 million paycheck because of his biopic work in Chaplin. He’s doing it because he is Tony Stark. I suspect that a big reason why Jolie has the highest female spot on that chart is because she works as an action lead. Maybe I’m viewing this all through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy, but I think that perhaps until audiences are as comfortable with badass leading ladies as they are with badass leading men, the paycheck discrepancy between male and female actors won’t change any time soon. This is where the audience can be part of the solution, and run to see Salt as fast as they run to see White House Down, even both are fairly dumb pieces of movie making. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on CityCat's Paradise and commented:
    I’ve been into the film scene for a long time already and I think that article is pretty interesting and also maybe makes one wanna change these facts.
    Particularly the roles that are taken behind the camera where the ideas and plannings for a movie take shape are facinating for me. Since that, this article may be a bit disillusioning but also can be seen as a great challenge and as a part where there is and should something be done about it.

    • I’ve just seen an amazing DVD – called Patagonia, it’s a film based on 2 women, a young one from Wales visiting Patagonia, and an old Patagonian woman seeking her origins in Wales. They are very definitely women’s stories, but the story lines are so good, and the characters so well done that you don’t notice it. Too many ‘wimmin’s’ films seem to be aimed at women, whereas this one, though bilingual, so definitely art house, is just a good film. If there were more films like this, the issues of women in film would not be as much a problem as they are.

  3. Great presentation of the gender bias in film–one of the biggest ways our culture communicates and reinforces messages to all of us. We’re no where near equality even though so many people thing that sexism is no longer an issue.

  4. You make a lot of god points here, but big movies need to be seen in context of big bankers – a similarly testosterone fuelled world. The films that make the big bucks are ones I avoid like the plague, so I guess I see a lot more work by women than the figures suggest. My question is, how many women want to work at that level. The fact is that as in many fields, careers tend to take off about the same time that people start families, and as Diablo Cody has found, women tend to put families first. So, are the boys keeping the girls out or are the girls doing their own thing? Out in the real world, women are very well represented running their own businesses, which allows them a better family/work balance, and more control of their lives in general. These big movies are huge unwieldly beasts,, and I’m not sure how many women want to be involved with them. Sarah Polley is a good example of someone who seems to do wonderful, small scale work, on her own terms and seems an incredibly happy person. Can money buy that?

  5. Hello – Thanks for visiting and following my blog! You’ve got an interesting and eclectic blog. This post is quite interesting, but honestly, there’s a gender and cultural/racial bias in many areas such as politics, media, diplomacy and even the arts! Sometimes, instead of trying to break thru these entrenched clubs, we’ve got to create our own structures. Great information!

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