Women filmmakers once again enjoy welcoming world of Whistler Film Festival

It was just recently reported that Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s new coming-of-age film, is now the best-reviewed movie on the popular Rotten Tomatoes online aggregate review site.

Now, to be clear, the film was written and directed by Gerwig, a female, and it tells the story of a teenage girl and her relationship with her mother, both females.

This image released by A24 Films shows Beanie Feldstein, left, and Saoirse Ronan in a scene from “Lady Bird.” (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP) ORG XMIT: NYET615

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Beanie Feldstein, left, and Saoirse Ronan in a scene from Lady Bird.

The point is females can make films. This is, unfortunately, a point Hollywood is still slow to fully grasp.

Take for example Patty Jenkins. She wrote and directed Wonder Woman, a true chick flick super hit that grossed US$819 million worldwide. So you’d think handing her the reins again for the sequel would be a no-brainer, right? Wrong. Apparently it took some time for the Warner Brothers suits to sign off on a deal for Jenkins to write, direct and produce the sequel. It has been reported she will make between $9 million to $11 million for those three, count ’em, three jobs. I’m sure that makes her the highest-paid female director, but again reports say that cheque doesn’t come close to what dudes collect for steering a comic-book franchise film.

Feel free to sigh.

So while Hollywood is still dragging its knuckles, the good news is film festivals like the one that just concluded up at Whistler are a welcoming home for women behind the lens.

This year 30 per cent (14 features and 16 short films) of the 87 movies at the Whistler Film Festival were produced by female filmmakers.

While the director is often looked to first as a signpost, the WFF’s programmer, Paul Gratton, points out that the whole of the industry still needs some fine-tuning.

“It’s not just who is directing, but it is who is producing. Who is writing and who is controlling the stories,” said Gratton. “When women make up 50 per cent of the population it was always so shocking how

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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