- The 25 Most Feminist Moments in Sci-Fi History (according to New York Magazine) including seminal movies like Alien and Star Wars as well as comic book heroines, sci-fi novelists and ground breaking tv shows like Star Trek and The Bionic Woman (she was so cool).
- and another list The 25 Best Films Directed By Female Directors there were a few directors left off which I was a wee bit surprised about (no Catherine Breillat, Deepa Mehta, Sally Potter, to name a few) but also still many excellent directors are in there and it must be hard to narrow the list down to 25 (hooray for the plethora of female directors out there!) AND it’s still a list of must see movies so if you’ve got time to spare go seek some of these out at the dvd store or however you access movies nowadays.
- This bloggers statement on video games and equality is excellent, including this quote: “Literally the worst possible thing that can happen here is equality”.
- This is an interesting excerpt from recent ‘state-of-the-film-industry’ book ‘Hope for Film’. It doesn’t go into too much detail (probably because he wants you to buy the book) but it did get me thinking about how most of the opportunities out there for women in film are in independent cinema since the big studios are too afraid to take ‘risks’. And what does that mean exactly in terms of the compromises you make, and how hard you have to work to get a film made, or even just funded (answer very very hard) and does that actually further disadvantage women film-makers because you have to be producers and financiers and directors as well as mothers and partners and caregivers because that’s what society expects you to be. ALL THE THINGS.
- And following on from that, it’s not just movie studios that are afraid to take risks, book publishers are too. On the one hand it’s super exciting that so many African writers are having their talents recognised on a global scale, on the other hand…oh yikes just so many things that are unsettling about western publishing and this habit of using races as literary trends (Indian writers were trendy, then it was Latino writers, now it’s African writers), or having only a set number of slots for writers of colour… how do walk the line between tokenism, fad-ism and actual celebrations of diversity?
- The headline says not unsurprising but I am kind of still surprised that the UK currently has the lowest number of women-directed TV shows in 40 years. Really? Especially I’m looking at you Luther – I thought you were cool?
- And last but certainly not least, Lynda Obst on Hollywoods reluctance to accept that female-led movies are consistently super popular and they will be beloved by all while making pots of dollars at the box office if they’d just give them half a chance. Sigh.
And here’s some Janelle Monae to play you out: