Welcome to The queue – Your daily distraction from curated video content from across the web. Today we’re looking at a video essay celebrating women in film in 2020.
When I think of gender differences in filmmaking, I think of a study published by The Pudding in 2016 that breaks the dialogue of two thousand scripts by gender (and age). The data make concrete to what extent there is a gender gap on the screen. 75 percent of the dialogue in the examined scripts was dominated by 60 to 90 percent by men. Only nine scripts were mostly spoken by women. I’m not surprised, but the numbers make the rhetoric around the topic more specific.
Part of me wishes the study could be revised and repeated every five years or so, like some wonderful, data-driven comet. It would be interesting to see (given the site’s spectacular visualizations) how other areas of the industry-wide gender gap – like cinematography, directing, and production – have or have not changed over time. Gender-specific differences particularly affect queer people and women of skin color. I can only imagine that records highlighting such gaps would light up, to say the least.
With this in mind, it is important to identify and name changes and improvements in order to determine who is allowed to make films. While 2020 wasn’t great for many different reasons, it was actually a blast year for women in film after legends like First Cow Helmer returned Kelly Reichardt to exciting feature debuts like Channing Godfrey Peoples‘Miss Juneteenth.
As the video essay below proves, listing all the women who got a little less than a grade in 2020 is indeed a powerful thing. A form of data presentation that is less analytical, if more brazenly triumphant, than a cold, hard data set. If you’ve been looking for a way to bring more female-led movies to the fore in your own watch habits, here is a very good place to start:
See “Women in Film 2020 – A Festival of Women Directors“:
Who did that?
This video was kindly provided by the fine people of Little white lies, a film-obsessed magazine based in the UK. Luís Azevedo edited this video. You can follow Little White Lies on Twitter here. And you can check out their official website here. You can subscribe to her YouTube account here.