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Bird Box director: “It’s time to stop glorifying mums on screen”

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Emily Baker talks to Susanne Bier about the male gaze on motherhood and why it’s so hard for young female directors to break through. Motherhood, and all it entails, has been mined by the entertainment industry for decades – but, as Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier points out, more often than not the stories have been created and told by men. “It’s been a very serene, glorified image,” she says. “Great mothers don’t always necessarily behave in a great way. The all-forgiving, beautiful mother is pretty boring. I think a tough woman, with a sense of humour, is much more intriguing.”...

Books

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: playing long game in the fight for women’s rights

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

 Rachael Sigee speaks with directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen about their documentary on the life and work of Justice Ginsburg t Live. I knew her by her tightly pinned-back hair, her white lace collar and enormous Iris Apfel glasses. I knew that liberals liked her and that Trump probably didn’t. Having watched RBG, the new documentary about her life and career, I now know that Ginsburg is a lesson in what happens when a patriarchal society tries to stifle a brilliant woman. Snubbed by law firms, underestimated by peers and firmly in the minority at university, RBG used everything...

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You can now search Netflix for “movies directed by women”

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

That’s your weekend plans sorted, then. Did you spend yet another evening slumped in front of the telly, re-watching episode after episode of Queer Eye? Don’t worry, this isn’t a lecture about the dangers of spending too much time in front of a screen. Instead, we want to let you know that Netflix has finally introduced a “movies directed by women” category, and that means we can now successfully claim our binge-watching habits are feminism in action. The streaming service has always had a wide-ranging, eclectic variety of films available and you might be surprised by the selection of movies...

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The Roe v Wade trailer would be hilarious – if it wasn’t so terrifying

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

The anti-abortion film refers to the historic ruling as a “second civil war” and a “conspiracy” “I’ve got to go before I blow a gasket,” has to be the funniest line in the trailer for Roe v Wade, but it has strong competition. The inexplicable staircase lined with women dressed as Playboy bunnies, the horrendously cheap iMovie special effects and the sheer number of old, white, bald men present are all hilarious sights to behold. Well, they would be, if the film wasn’t a project of unashamed anti-abortion propaganda. . While the trailer confusingly begins with news footage of Brett...

Books

The Riz Test is challenging how Muslims are portrayed on screen

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Sadia Habib, who co-authored the already esteemed test, explains why it’s so crucial we change the way Muslim people are represented in film and TV. Films and television programmes are powerful mediums that are often taken for granted. They can connect us to cultures and people locally, nationally and globally. They are major sources of entertainment and escapism and excitement; they educate us about society, people and cultures. But, if you are Muslim, that excitement also comes with a dose of apprehension. Muslims see time and time again how carelessly (or intentionally) film- and television-makers bandy around stereotypes about Muslim...

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“It’s not just about painting historic women as iconic and powerful

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Emily Baker chats to Mary Queen Of Scots director Josie Rourke about choreographing rape scenes, the pressure of being a woman in power and why we should rewrite history. Josie Rourke: The initial draw was that Saoirse [Ronan] was attached to it. I loved the idea of getting to work with her, and my spidey sense was tingling about the way Mary had been portrayed. The movie is based on a book by John Guy – a very vivid writer, but also a forensic historian, who had put aside everything that had been written and supposed about Mary, and went...

Work

“Nice girls don’t make very good drama”

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone talk their new movie, The Favourite, the #MeToo movement one year on and how “niceness” plagues women on screen. Rachel Weisz is not optimistic about how far #MeToo has come. When we meet, it’s almost been one year to the day since Ronan Farrow broke the Harvey Weinstein story in The New Yorker, and the world is reflecting on how the movement has changed and disrupted the power and misogyny of men, particularly in Hollywood. “I don’t think it should be a celebration,” explains Weisz, of her possibly controversial statement. “It’s more about strength in...

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This week we're reading

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

A novel that's a supernatural version of Westworld, Michelle Obama's memoir and an insightful story into growing up as a transgender boy. VIC PARSONS IS READING… NOT JUST A TOMBOY BY CASPAR J BALDWIN This honest and intimate account from a trans man of how it felt to grow up labelled a "tomboy" but actually being something else brought me comfort and relief. I recommend this for anyone interested in masculinity and feminism; we don't hear from the trans masc viewpoint often and I think the conversation is missing something in that respect. Caspar's insights into male privilege – from...

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It’s time we gave chick-lit the respect it deserves

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

When author Caroline O’Donoghue was forced to defend her book against “chick-lit” haters, she decided to investigate why the genre is so maligned – and ended up starting a podcast trying to fix it About a year prior, and after nearly overlooking the term completely, I began hearing the expression "chick-lit" a great deal. I had quite recently composed my first novel, Promising Young ladies, and individuals appeared to be taking as much time as necessary choosing whether or not the term fit it. The book featured some young ladies (some of whom could apparently be portrayed as "cheeky"), had...

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This week we're reading

Dec 10, 2019 by William Lewis.

Richard E Grant's movie diaries, a realistic and joyful romcom and a tale of three friends – two of whom are suspected of murdering the other ATE SEVILLA IS READING… THE PROPOSAL BY JASMINE GUILLORY I'm currently reading The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory and it's a total fucking joy. Jasmine's previous novel, The Wedding Date, has a cult following, and The Proposal does not disappoint. The characters in these books are diverse, well-rounded, realistic and funny (plus they're always eating, which I love). I won't give away too much of the plot (TBH the hint is in the title), but...