However, what do these Directors have in common?
Famous movies? Yes.
Being men? Yes.
That last question is where this article is going to go. What about the female directors of the film world? I honestly had no idea that there were any famous female directors until I was given this article. I was very complacent with what movies I watched: Avatar, Titanic, Transformers and Harry Potter. I never once questioned why there weren’t women taking on the roles of being a director until now.
But where am I going with this?
So what if a woman, in this case Kathryn Bigelow, won an Academy Award, which is a prestigious award, for Best Director for the movie The Hurt Locker that was about the war in Iraq?
She changed history.
‘So what?’ indeed.
However, the succeeding Best Directors have all been men. In 2010, Tom Hooper won; in 2011, Michel Hazanavicius won; in 2012, Ang Lee won; in 2013, Alfonso Cuaron won and in 2014, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won. Even the other nominated Best Directors were all men.
Did you know that Selma, a critically acclaimed film, was directed by a woman? No?
Neither did I.
Very few women have had the opportunity to direct big named movies as many of the films that women have directed have been indie movies. However, did you know that a woman, Vicky Jenson, co-directed Shrek? Did you know that a woman, Gurinder Chadha, directed Bend It Like Beckham? Did you know that a woman, Sofia Coppola, directed Lost in Translation? Did you know that a woman, Penelope Spheeris, also directed Wayne’s World? Did you know that a woman, Lana Wachowski, and her brother Andy directed The Matrix series? No?
It is sad to think that I had to do research to find out that women actually directed these movies. It is sad to think that all the movies I grew up watching had some sort of female-directoral influence and yet all I raved about was how Avatar was stunningly beautiful or how Transformers was a pile of shit but yet I watched the last one.
Women are not recognised for what they do and it has become apparent that movies being directed by women tend to be indie movies. When I was doing research, all that kept on popping up were indie movies by women from Germany or Russia or China and never any big-ticket movies that everyone goes to watch.
So what if one woman won an Academy Award?
So what if few women have been recognised for their work?
So what if you didn’t know that The Matrix was co-directed by a woman and you now know?
The whole point of this is to realise that, although women are not accepted or as well-known as their male counterparts, there is a positive step being taken.
And who knows, maybe women will have their own Quentin Tarantino in the future.
It could be the woman who is reading this right now.