It can be tough being a female movie fan. I should know, I’ve been one all my life.
There’s an expectation that you should only like certain genres. People assume you must love Dirty Dancing and The Notebook; I don’t.
When people discuss the latest blockbuster, for example, I find that my opinion “doesn’t matter” and I’m largely ignored. Certain folk just cannot fathom the fact I can enjoy a Sci-Fi or comic book movie. For the record, I love Sci-Fi. Love it.
It’s not all bad though, there are respectful peeps out there with whom I can enjoy in depth discussions of whatever’s current in the movie world.
Let me make one thing abundantly clear: my gender has no bearing in appreciating movies, understanding them or analysing them.
It occurs to me I should start a series celebrating women’s achievements in film. This will be for future posts.
I’ll leave you with some statistics in the meantime:
Women across the top grossing films of 2014:
1.9% – Directed by women
18.9% – Produced by women
21% – Had a female lead
11.2% – Had female writers
Definitely time to start recognising women in film.