“That’s 6-18% of the creative vision in the world’s most powerful medium. We live in a visual culture, and what we see on screen profoundly affects the way we see ourselves and each other. Film offers us an incredible thing – an immersive trip into someone else’s universe, someone else’s vision of the world.
But if that vision is dominated by men then we are missing out on so much complexity, richness, diversity and creativity. It staggers me that we accept such a radically skewed perspective in cinema. Film after film of nearly all-male casts, with female characters as thin as their waistlines, and we barely bat an eyelid. If you do the Bechdel Test you’ll be amazed at how many films you love fail to pass. That is, they don’t have two or more named women, or if they do, those women don’t talk to each other about anything other than men, if at all. Think about it. Then watch Inception again. What you will find in the Birds Eye View programme, is a sense of balance. These films, without doubt, boast more interesting representation of women than an average night at the flicks.”
If you live in London go to Birds Eye View film festival this week. It’s not just important, it’s also fun.