Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

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Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History


Bert is one half of the UK-based directing duo Bert & Bertie, who recently participated in the Fox Directors Initiative.

There is currently no shortage of articles being published about the 'Struggle of the Female Director' or 'Sexism in Hollywood', etc. It's important that this conversation is taking place but already the industry is growing weary of it. So what if we, the 'poor suffering female directors', changed the conversation to something more empowering.

In a world where everyone is looking for the next big thing or the life-changing experience that looks awesome on Instagram, it's just a matter of time before the film industry realises that the next big thing in storytelling and the largest untapped pool of talent is right there in front of them every time a female director walks through the door. We are pushing story, taking risks, delving deeper into character and multi-tasking like relentless motherfuckers to get our films made.

The industry is at that eerie stage just before a large wave hits when all the water is sucked back from the shore and animals flee to higher ground. The difference is that our wave is made up of female talent and when it hits, it will elevate the industry to a higher ground. The landscape will be changed forever, for the better.

How do we know this? Well, we are one of these creatives surfing the wave and from our point of view we can finally see the shore. And I say we, because I am one half of the award winning, writing-directing duo Bert&Bernie. Don't let the men's names fool you, we are most definitely women... and talented too!

At the end of last year, we were selected for the Fox Directors Initiative headed up by two kickass women, Nicole Bernard and Gina Reyes. Twenty directors from around the world attended the six-week intensive aimed at getting us inside the haloed Fox Studio walls. All 20 just happened to be fiercely talented women. My fear was that Fox were going to pin that dreaded 'diversity' label on us and parade us around; fortunately I couldn't have been more wrong.

Instead they empowered us. Because of their approach I believe we took a large step forward in changing perceptions of the executives, producers and showrunners - whether they realise it or not. …

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