A Glass Ceiling

From a recent podcast on Network ISA, writers/directors Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell discuss the beginning of their film careers, the motions of their writing process and their most recent film Claire in Motion.

Claire in Motion is explained as a thriller, capturing the devastation of a woman’s loss, through the unexpected disappearance of her husband. Checking out the trailer, a Gone Girl chill came about, but no full-on comparisons.

Considering the writers and directors being women in the film industry, the question arises: are women’s attendance in the industry growing, or has it grown with the closing of a past year?

Sadly, Women in Television & Film claims that the percentage is down from the past year, studying the top 100, 250 and 500 films of 2016. Specifically geared toward the independent route, a separate report still proves little change.

With this truth, is it important for female writers and directors to make their protagonists a woman and explore identity, as well as strength and abandonment, such as Robinson and Howell touch base with their film? Because they are female writers and directors, do they only attract a female audience–mostly?

While the film is still fresh to ten cities, and according to Robinson and Howell, will be on video demand, and later streaming, IMDb already has Claire in Motion at a 4.6/10, and the stats adhere to the main audience being women. Robinson and Howell mentioned that they had not seen many strong woman roles make it to the big screen, but one has to wonder, if they had switched the protagonist to male, would they have had much of an audience at all?

Women seem to be taken for a joke within the film industry, and they are given barriers that are sometimes visible, and sometimes not. Entering into 2017, is there really much change to be expected within women’s roles in the industry, or can it be expected to decline even more?

Fingers crossed for more growth and more outlets for the women of the film industry to have their voices heard.

 

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