Magazine article Screen International

BFI: Women Work at UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

BFI: Women Work at UK Box Office

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The BFI has released new research highlighting the successful box office performance of UK independent films with a female screenwriter and/or director.

Women are severely under-represented in writing and directing roles in the film industry. On UK independent films released between 2010 and 2012, just 11.4% of the directors and 16.1% of the writers were women.

However, according to the research for the top 20 UK independent films over the same period, 18.2% of the directors and 37% of the writers were female.

The snapshot is small but encouraging.

The picture is still more encouraging on what the BFI terms "profitable" UK independent films, where 30% of the writers were female.

The report also shows that films with female writers or directors were more likely to have female producers or executive producers, and have received financial support through BFI Lottery and BBC Films or Film4.

Earlier this year, the BFI's statistical yearbook revealed that UK women writers declined from 18.9% of total writers (to have had films made) in 2011 to 13.4% (25 writers) in 2012.

The picture for women directors was bleaker, with men accounting for 92.2% of directors on UK films in 2012, an increase of more than 7% year-on-year. This translates to 165 male directors in 2012 compared to 14 women directors. …

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