Screen International reported today on the findings of the Center for Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego University. The centre’s survey of employment on the Top 250 domestic films at the US Box Office in 2011. Although the survey found that there were marginal increases in the overall employment of women – a 2% increase in total employment since 2010, but only 1% since 1998 – the striking figure is that only 5% of the directing roles on the 250 films went to women. Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar success is still likely to be an isolated incident for American films unless something changes dramatically in the mind-set of studio executives. As it is, the report comments on women’s opportunities thus:
“Women were most likely to work in the documentary, drama, and comedy genres. They were least likely to work in the horror, action, and animated genres.”
Teachers and researchers can download an executive summary of the findings from the link above. The same website has a useful list of links and books/articles on women in the film and TV industries here.