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Men Outnumber Women Film Reviewers 2 to 1, Latest Study Finds

Thumbs Down 2018: Film Critics and Gender, and Why It Matters is the latest edition of the longest-running study of women’s representation and impact as film reviewers. The report considers individuals working for print, broadcast, and online outlets in the US during spring 2018 and is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

The reports key findings include:

– The majority of print, broadcast, and online film reviewers in the U.S. are male.
There are approximately 2 male reviewers for every 1 female reviewer. Men comprise 68% and women 32% of all film reviewers.

Male writers outnumber female writers in every job title category.
For example, men comprise 77% and women 23% of film critics. Men account for 68% and women 32% of freelancers.

– In every type of media outlet, male reviewers dramatically outnumber female reviewers.
For example, men account for 70% and women 30% of individuals writing for trade publications such as Variety and The Wrap. Men comprise 68% and women 32% of reviewers writing for newspapers.

– Men comprise the majority of those writing reviews about films in every genre.
For example, men write 78% and women 22% of reviews about horror films. Men write 70% and women 30% of reviews about dramas.

– A larger proportion of films reviewed by women than by men feature female protagonists.
51% of reviews written by women but 37% of reviews written by men are about films featuring at least one female protagonist. Conversely, a higher proportion of the reviews written by men than by women are about films with exclusively male protagonists. 63% of reviews written by men but 49% of reviews written by women are about films featuring male protagonists only. It is unclear whether these differences are due to the preferences of writers or assignments made by editors.

– 83% of all female critics are white, 14% are minorities, and 3% have an unknown racial/ethnic identity.
82% of all male critics are white, 9% are minorities, and 9% have an unknown racial/ethnic identity.

– On average, women reviewers award higher ratings than men to films with female protagonists.
Women writers award an average rating of 74% and males an average rating of 62% to films with female protagonists. The two sets of critics differ less in their ratings of films with male protagonists. Women writers award an average of 73% and men 70% to films with male protagonists.

– A larger proportion of films reviewed by women than by men are directed by women. 25% of films reviewed by women but 10% of films reviewed by men have female directors. Conversely, 90% of films reviewed by men but 75% of films reviewed by women have male directors. It is unclear whether these differences are due to the preferences of writers or assignments made by editors.

– When reviewing films directed by women, female writers are more likely than males to mention the name of the director in their reviews and to speak about the director in exclusively positive ways.
Female reviewers mention the name of a woman director in 89% of their reviews and males in 81% of their reviews. Further, female critics make only positive comments about those women directors in 52% of their reviews. Men make exclusively positive comments about women directors in 38% of their reviews.

Read more about the study and its findings here.

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Can You Help With Academic Research into Work-Life Balance in TV & Film?

Abigail Gregory (MMU), Susan Milner (University of Bath) and Annabelle Waller (University of Salford) are carrying out research into work-life balance and career progression in film and TV. Here they tell us a little bit more about why they’re looking into this area and what you can do to help:

There has been a lot of media and political interest in gender balance and diversity in recruitment into the industry, but we believe that attention also needs to be paid to what happens at work and during the production process. We think that the best people to tell us about this are those working in the industry today, and that’s why we want to hear from you.

We are conducting a pilot study which we will use to write an article and a blog piece, and also to put together a full proposal for research funding to investigate further. This survey focusing on women in TV will help us to gather information about work-life balance and your views on what helps and hinders it. We have included questions about digital technologies because they are at the heart of the changing world of work.

We would really like to hear your views. Please also let us know if we have missed anything you think is important.

The survey will only take about 5-10 minutes to complete, and of course we will protect your anonymity. We are very grateful for your time and input, and will report findings to you via the WFTV newsletter.

The survey can be accessed here, using the password short questionnaire.

The deadline for responses is midnight on Tuesday 24 July.

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New Writing Lab for Female and Non-Binary Screenwriters Launched in Wales

SHIFFT Script Lab is a new writing lab for female and non-binary screenwriters in Wales.

It is designed as a place for screenwriters to share and receive feedback on work that is in development. It will provide actor, peer and mentor feedback in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. The lab’s mission is to nurture writers, invest in female driven stories and promote women as creators of content.

SHIFT Script Lab is based on a format first created in Toronto, called FEM Script Lab, and is supported by Film Cymru Wales.

Submissions

Script submissions are currently being accepted. To participate, you should send your script and a short bio about yourself and your work.

They accept scripts of all forms and genres (features, shorts, TV, documentary, etc).

Please e-mail your script submissions to: SHIFFTScriptLab@gmail.com

LAB # 1 – 4th September 2018

LAB #2 – 2nd October 2018

Deadline to submit: 1st August 2018

LAB #3 – 6th November 2018

LAB #4 – 4th December 2018

Deadline to submit: 15th September 2018

Actors who are interested in reading at the lab can also e-mail for more information on how to get involved.

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Canadian Study into Screen Proposers Reveals Shocking Gender Gap

The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) has released a report looking at gender in the Canadian screen composing industry. The study examines the number and proportion of female-identifying screen composers in Canada and looks at the differences between genders in professional experiences, such as career trajectories, hiring practices, type of work, and rate of pay.

Some of the key findings of the study include:

– men earn eight times more than women in up-front screen composing-specific earnings

– the average annual payment of royalties distributed to women were 30% of those distributed to men.

– The proportion of royalties received by women compared to men has steadily declined over the past 10 years

– men are twice as likely as women to work full-time as composers, own an incorporated business and report themselves as being “professionally mature”

– women were twice as likely to have completed a graduate programme and more likely to have studied composition or music formally.

– women are more often called to submit a demo of previously composed work or be one of many asked to write a piece of music on spec without client consultation

– 61% of female screen composers witnessed gender-related issues

– – Between 2012 and 2016, publicly funded audio-visual productions hired 5% female composers, 92% male composers and 3% teams of mixed gender composers

To read the complete report Gender in the Canadian Screen Composing Industry and find out more about gender advocacy initiatives in the screen composing sector, click here.

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