The last Article in our series “ The Next Generation of Films for Women.”
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival finally opened this week and despite my excitement I still can’t get over the lack of female filmmakers in the festival. Now granted this year they did manage to squeeze in one female director; her name is Valeria Bruni-Tedeschis and the film in competition is A Villa in Italy. Can this lack of diversity in festivals like Cannes and others be due to other mitigating factors? What’s causing women to get passed over? Are female moviegoers really to blame for female filmmakers not advancing?
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby will have the honour of opening this year’s Cannes Film festival on the 15th of May. Apart from the state of New York the film couldn’t have a more perfect setting for a premiere, as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote parts of the book while vacationing not far from Cannes. The story follows Nick Carraway (played by Toby Maguire), a bond salesman who has just moved to New York. There he meets Jay Gatsby (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), an enigmatic millionaire, who has been secretly in love with Nick’s cousin Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan) since a brief romantic encounter with her five years ago. Daisy however has since gotten married and had a child but Gatsby never gives up hope that he may meet her again. When Daisy and Gatsby finally reunite, Nick starts seeing the glittering façade of the rich world he has come to live in crumble before him and realises that having money and fame isn’t everything they appear to be. Continue reading
LIH wishes all mother’s a Happy Mother’s Day. In celebrating mothers we wanted to ask our viewers what would the world be like if women ruled the world? Below is a video to give you some ideas. Enjoy!
4th article in our series Next Generation of Films for Women
Nominating Katherine Bigalow’s work “The Hurt Locker” (2008), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012), we will prescribe her as an antidote for contemporary weaknesses in popular filmmaking. This article will also predict what other female filmmakers will once again rise to the occasion and save audiences from the kinds of predictability that are apparent in so many contemporary films. That’s right, women will be Hollywood’s secret weapon, once again stale ideas, myopic visions, and impotent paradigmatic planning will eventually be overturned. Unlike yesterdays Hollywood, in tomorrow’s Hollywood it will be the male acting stars that will be running for exposure in breathe-taking female helmed productions. Judging from the ambitiousness of their current work, their future work will likely have the narrative and dramatic experiences current Hollywood films are missing. But you may be asking what did he mean by “once again?”
Norman Rockwell triple self-portrait
In recent articles (The Hollywood Beauty Part 1, 2, and 3) we have discussed the issues with age and beauty in Hollywood, especially among women. Today, our article will focus on how we view and interpret the person we see in the mirror. Continue reading