You may remember in January I set myself to complete the #52FilmsByWomen challenge.
I thought back then that it would be breeze and I would see these movies organically, without having to plan for them.
And was I wrong about that!
I’m currently on my 31st movie, which is way behind. A quick peek on Letterboxd shows many other participants having completed and seen many more. So what have I done wrong?
I definitely should have planned this and I’m now going to have to if I want to complete the challenge. So please, recommend away!
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.
Because I’m not doing enough already, I’ve added another one to the list.
This time it is to watch at least 52 movies directed by women, you can read more about it here: WIF 52 films
I’ll report back on this, most likely towards the end of the year.