The Celluloid Ceiling: International Women’s Day In Film

Habibi The Celluloid Ceiling: International Women’s Day In Film

Hollywood / Britain / The Emerging Middle East

And yet. For the last sixteen years, an academic from San Diego State University has been carefully and quietly compiling annual reports on what she calls the Celluloid Ceiling; the vast gender gap that permeates Hollywood. Martha Lauzen’s research encompasses the 250 top grossing films at the US box office (so we’re not just talking 10 mega blockblusters), crunching the numbers and pulling the stats – and for a gender that makes up 52% of the population and just pulled in $4 billion, we’re not getting a very good deal.

Women have had a rough time behind the camera as well as in front. Only four women – Sofia Copolla, Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, and Kathryn Bigelow – have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, and Bigelow is the only one to win (The Hurt Locker, 2009). In fact, the pickings are slim across all the top jobs, from directors to producers to writers, editors, and cinematographers; women make up only 16% of these roles in the US.

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