This article from Screen Daily by Orlando Parfitt (11 January 2018) indicated that there has been virtually no change in the participation of women directors.
Women directed 11% of the 250 top-grossing films in the US last year, rising from 7% in 2016.
The study, entitled ‘Celluloid Ceiling’, shows that women comprised 18% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films, a rise of 1% from 2016 but unchanged from 1998.
25% of all producers for the top 250 films were women, (up 1%); 16% of editors (down 1%) and only 4% of cinematographers (a decrease of 1%).
The number of women writers was down two percentage points, to 11%.
Once again, the report also flags up that almost all blockbuster films are directed by men. Only one film directed by a woman made the top 20 highest grossing films: Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, the third highest grossing film of the year in the US with $412m.
The next highest was Pitch Perfect 3 directed by Trish Sie, at number 34 in the US chart.
Some more statistics from the study:
- 88% had no women directors
- 83% had no women writers
- 45% had no women exec. producers 28% had no women producers
- 80% had no women editors
- 96% had no women cinematographers
- 30% of films had no or 1 woman in the above roles
As in 2016, no women directors were nominated for a Golden Globe or a Bafta this year.
The Celluloid Ceiling report has been published annually since 1998.
Read more: Baftas 2018 – full list of nominations