Sian Brett

Of the 100 top grossing films of 2012 only 4% were directed by women. Of the 500 top grossing movies of the same year 71.6% of film characters were men. Women are horribly misrepresented in cinema as two-dimensional characters, but they’re also not being represented at all.

Earlier in the year I was annoyed at the suggestion that characters such as Homer Simpson and Peppa Pig’s Daddy Pig were bad representations of modern day fatherhood so I’m in no way suggesting that I want every female character on screen to be perfect, because life isn’t like that, and film is essentially about life. I’m just suggesting that perhaps the balance is currently not fair. In any way. At all.

And when we do get strong and interesting female characters, such as Black Widow from The Avengers or Katniss from The Hunger Games they’re still only seen by the media as…

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