Anyone looking for a silver lining by 2020 will find one in a current story from Variety. It’s about how many women were allowed to make the highest-earning films of the past year. In addition to some of the selected independent films of the year, blockbusters were represented more behind the camera than ever before. The numbers are still low, but it’s an arrow toward parity that is overdue in the industry. Hopefully Hollywood continues to learn the right lessons from this and the numbers keep rising. Read on for a bit more …
According to Variety, 2020 was the best ever for women filmmakers, with the number of women behind the camera rising four percent in the highest-grossing films of the year. Of course, 16 percent is still a tragically low number, but at least it’s a step in the right direction, isn’t it? To many more steps not only in 2021, but in the years to come. It’s more than time, and that’s putting it mildly.
Here’s a bit from her report:
Hollywood tapped a record number of women in 2020 to be in charge of major films, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
Women represented 16% of directors working on the top 100 highest-grossing films in 2020, a high water mark for representing women behind the camera. This is an increase from 12% in 2019 to just 4% in 2018 and a sign that pressure on studios to encourage more women filmmakers can lead to noticeable changes.
Of course, this was a year like no other, in which the theater business practically came to a standstill for months due to the coronavirus. It also meant that some of the biggest budget films with female filmmakers, like Chloe Zhao’s “The Eternals” and Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow,” had postponed their releases until 2021. Zhao directed the Oscar-winning Nomadland, while other women filmmakers like Cathy Yan (Birds of Prey) and Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman 1984) oversaw some of the year’s most iconic releases.
Stay tuned to see how it goes in 2021!