Look a little closer at the movies on studio rosters — and who is directing them — and Hollywood’s inclusion narrative around diversity falls apart by one crucial measure. Even after years of being called to task for sidelining female filmmakers, studios as a whole continue to rely overwhelmingly on men to lead productions. Why the disconnect?
There have been grumblings that the group is cliquey and disorganized, and that its members have used meetings to network. There have also been whispered concerns that it has overshadowed decades of work by others long devoted to advancing the gender equity cause. But Tina Tchen, who spearheaded the creation of the legal defense fund, said that thousands of callers, hailing from 60 industries, have contacted the organization for guidance, and that two-thirds were lower income.
According to research released Tuesday by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, female critics tend to give higher ratings to films with women in leading roles than male critics do: women writers gave an average rating of 74 percent to films starring women, whereas male writers gave those films an average rating of 62 percent. Those figures leveled off more when men were in leading roles; women critics gave those films an average rating of 73 percent, and men on average rated them 70 percent.
Called Time’s Up, the movement was announced on Monday with an impassioned pledge of support to working-class women in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, many of them A-listers. The letter also ran as a full-page ad in The New York Times, and in La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper. “The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter says.