“Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want. We’ve been really indoctrinated with this culture of permission. I think it’s true for women, and I think it’s true for people of color. It’s historic, and it’s unfortunate and has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed. “
– Ava DuVernay
The stigma surrounding the hiring of women directors is negative, negative, and more negative. The idea is that women need the experience to do the job. BUT they need to get hired to get experience. It’s a vicious cycle with no end. There are also fewer women because they are told they cannot do the job. This means there are fewer people to hire from. AND the obvious rules of sexism still in play say women can’t do the job. It has also been said that women don’t want to direct big budget movies, furthering the idea that women don’t want the job. This is all perfectly wrapped up in a neat bow punctuated by the recent DGA changes in January.
“I’m still confounded by how few female directors there are. I don’t get it.”
– Stacey Snider
In 2015 the DGA (The Directors Guild of America) found women only made up 16% of all first-time Episodic TV Directors hired that year. In 2016 the DGA found that the jump in hiring of women was only by 3%. This means that even in what has been dubbed “The Best Year For Female Directors,” men still vastly dominate the field.
“I tend to like films about things that I would like to walk up and tell people about, but I can’t because they would like punch me.”
– Alison Bagnall
Alison Bagnall launched her career into the Feature Film World in 1998 as co-writer to Vincent Gallo for his directorial debut Buffalo ’66. Her most recent film Funny Bunny, which she both directed and wrote, played in the prestigious Film Festival South by Southwest in March of 2015. Funny Bunny is her third feature. She also directed and wrote Piggie (2003), and The Dish & The Spoon (2011).