Female directors have just begun breaking their way into Hollywood cinema. There are not nearly as many female directors as male but they are starting to become well known for their highly successful films. Here is a short clip explaining the gender gap in Hollywood cinema.
Male directors make a much larger income and are much more well-known in Hollywood as well as in the rest of the world as compared to women. Even though Kathryn Bigelow is known as one of the most successful female Hollywood directors her fame is nothing compared to male directors such as Steven Speilberg and James Cameron. These men have made highly successful films for years and are very well-known household names.
Pictured: James Cameron
Some famous female directors are not common household names however, some of their films are for sure. There are only a few I showed in the previous post; Shrek (co-directed by Vicky Jenson and Andrew Adamson), The Hurt Locker (directed by Kathryn Bigelow), and Twilight (directed by Catherine Hardwick), all directed or co-directed by women in Hollywood. Many women in the film industry start out by co-directing before directing on their own. One of the more recent and highly successful films, Frozen (2013), was co-directed by a woman, Jennifer Lee.
Pictured: Kathryn Bigelow
Pictured: Jennifer Lee
Film has shaped the way we view the world sine it had been invented in the late 19th century. Women have played a key part in film. In the early years of film-making women were not as prevalent on screen. However as time moved on women were needed to help illustrate a story. Even though women have finally been showcased on film it was not initially in a positive light. Women were either shown as the dutiful housewife or the overly sexualized femme fatale. The femme fatale is known for her provocative clothing, charismatic wit, and her crippling need for a man to save her. The earliest films showcase women as weaker than men. Women did not have leading roles in Hollywood cinema or they were shown as the enemy to the man. Traditional ideals were illustrated in film such as waiting to have sexual intercourse until marriage and wearing “appropriate” clothing.