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Red_Rock   , 52

from London


Women in British Films


Analyzing this question, first of all, let’s consider that women can be involved in the film industry in many ways: as actresses, directors, script writers and members of the cast as well. However, the role of women in British films has been underestimated. The latest data from the British Film Institute provide us with other information about female participation in screenwriting and directing the UK films.


The Institute explored the situation and counted, that the female representation in British films is reaching up to 38% in the overall percentage of people involved in the filmmaking process. This information was collected by taking into consideration the significantly successful British films (nearly 25-30 projects), that became profitable according to the individual statistics, developed by the BFI.


This data is quite relevant, as in its research the Institute analysed the involvement of female screenwriters in the most popular British films over the past 15 years comparing to the last five years.


However, this information has allowed the BFI to name this difference as the core factor to change the situation and an opportunity for female writers to be more widely involved in the British film industry. The information also indicates that although the engagement of female professionals in the film industry is not as high as it should be, their participation in British film production has led to impressive success.


Speaking about women directors working within the U.K. film industry, the BFI has also stated that only 13% of the 420 directors were female. This data shows the situation during the period of the last three years. Experts still consider this area to be difficult for women to break into, but everyone admits, that once they have done it, there is no way back and the percentage of women involved in British films will only become higher and higher. Also, it is acknowledged that taking into account the released British films, females are always better represented in such genres as biography, drama, musicals and romance.


If we consider successful British films directed by women, we can present a rather impressive list. But let’s take a quick look only at a few of them.


Blue Scar created by Jill Craigie is a drama telling about a woman, who chooses a singing career while her husband does his best to remain an influential person in his village. The most exciting question the viewer can have is whether her husband will try to win her heart again. 


Simon and Laura – a film-satire about the reality TV shows directed by Muriel Box. Simon and Laura is a couple, who agreed to take part in a TV show, but instead of gaining fame, they only put their marriage at risk.


The Other Side of the Underneath is one of most radical feminist films ever made in Britain by Jane Arden. The film analyses the female mental illnesses and their varieties.


Orlando directed by Sally Potter,shows us the interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s novels, taking a journey through 400 years of English history and depicting the director’s involvement in two other branches of art – music and choreography.


Dreams of Life -  a thrilling detective telling the story of Carol Vincent created by Carol Morley. She was found dead due to the unknown causes, and no one made any attempts to investigate the case. The director tries to put all the puzzles together to find the reason of her death.


Wuthering Heights was created by a female director Andrea Arnold in the social drama genre. However, this masterpiece is a literary adaptation with more than stunning results.


Nevertheless, women are mostly involved in British films as actresses now. There are more than 200 British actresses recognised and honoured around the globe. One of the brilliant examples of the greatest transformation and acting performance is a role of Heather played by Gillian MacGregor in a new western adventure film The Stolen, which was produced by Red Rock Entertainment. As the film has been recently introduced, the actress gave an exclusive interview during the promotion period. She opened up about all the peculiarities of the filmmaking process and her personal experience when it comes to being a female in the film production industry. Gillian MacGregor character is one of the dancers among the group of girls, searching the happiness during the Golden Rush.


The reason why Gillian agreed to play that role was her fascination with the obstacles that had brought a woman from Scotland to New Zealand at those times and what a strong individual Heather had to be in order to survive in that landscape. Her character was released from prison and started fighting for her own life not being able to find any work. Her will and her determination served her well and she managed to overcome the difficulties. The admiration for the woman as a person and not an object of desire is the key idea that the producers and the cast tried to put an emphasis on.