Each year, Dr. Martha Lauzen releases the Celluloid Ceiling Report, an annual look at how many of Hollywood’s top-grossing films are written or directed women, and how many female characters these films tend to have.
The numbers are usually pretty brutal.
Tomorrow, at the Masonic Hall, at 9am, Rina Fraticelli from Women in View, a Toront-based non profit that advocates for fair representation of women and visible minorities in film and television, will release the first annual Women in View on Film report.
The report looks at how many Canadian feature films were directed or written by women and/or visible minorities.
“The numbers are not good,” says Fraticelli.
You can listen to her interview with Chris O’Neill Yates on CBC WAM here.
What do you think? Should we even care? Should we have a quota system? Does looking at stats like these reveal a deep insecurity that maybe women really aren’t as good as men at stuff like, oh, making massively lucrative and successful films?
You can have your say during a panel discussion that will follow the release of the report. Rina Fraticelli, Jordan Canning, Barbara Doran, Kay Armitage, Susan Alexander, and a representative from Telefilm will be there, hashing it out.
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