Links On Women And Film

1. Feminist Frequency – a series of thought provoking video logs. Set aside a few hours.

2. Reel Grrls – whose mission is to cultivate voice and leadership in girls at a vulnerable age in their development. Participants don’t just drop into a computer lab after school — they develop lasting relationships with women filmmakers and learn skills that propel them to leadership roles… A model to be replicated in every country.

3. The Iron Lady, an Anti-Feminist Film? from Culture Mom. I have yet to see this film myself, but I do know that Margaret Thatcher herself neither liked nor identified as feminist. Margaret Thatcher was a woman, sure enough, but she operated as a man in a man’s world in order to get by. This is what got her there in the first place. Should we really expect this to be a feminist film?

4. The Best Female-Directed Films of 2011 from Indiewire, because there are still very few films directed by women. Five percent, to be precise. That’s why we still need these lists, unfortunately.

5. The Rise Of The Female-Led Action Film from The Atlantic: “The three best-reviewed female-led action movies in recent years—Salt, Hanna, and now Haywire—are completely original properties, with strong, well-written female leads to match. These movies have a contemporary, refreshingly progressive tone that speaks to the changes in the genre.

6. This one’s about women on TV: Fall’s Women Friendly TV Line-up, from which I’d like to take an excerpt, because it may apply equally to film:

It is said that TV is our culture reflected back at us and in many ways, is a reflection of mass desires, wants, and selves. Apparently this means that women only exist in two dimensions. One is the stuff of male ego dreams, the burping, slurping, raunchy, politically incorrect and racist joke throwing gal who loves beer pong and thinks, “All chicks are crazy! What are they, on the rag or something?” The other exists in a polished world, where everything is sculpted, sprayed, and made to perfection, their narratives only existing to serve and please, smiles on their faces, all while secretly having sex with married men as a means of liberation. All white. All thin. All pretty. Straight, relatively privileged, all vying for the same old male attention.

7. And why are there still so few films about women for women? See this article from Indiewire for some anonymous (honest) thoughts from those at the top.

8. Women directed films of 2011, linked by The Mary Sue