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How Have Women Fared in Film Over the Last Five Years? (GRAPHS)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 26, 2013 at 12:11PM

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" caught box office fire this past weekend as a female-led action film. In timely fashion, the New York Film Academy has created a lengthy graphic showing that, despite the winningly tough likes of Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen or Jena Malone's Johanna Mason, quite a lot of work still needs to be done in the film industry toward gender equality. Check it out, below.
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Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" caught box office fire this past weekend as a female-led action film. In timely fashion, the New York Film Academy has created a lengthy graphic showing that, despite the winningly tough likes of Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen or Jena Malone's Johanna Mason, quite a lot of work still needs to be done in the film industry toward gender equality. This is the obvious thing that always bears repeating. Issues broached in the graphs include percentages of female speaking characters, percentages of female characters called upon to wear "sexy" clothing or get partially naked (versus their male counterparts), percentages of documentaries made by women versus narrative films, and much more. All is looked at within the prism of the last five years. Check it all out, below.

The Hollywood Reporter's Actress round table recently broached the issue of women in film, and the no-bullshit Emma Thompson pointed out that, despite the occasional salient example, not much has changed for women over the past 20 years in the industry. Meanwhile, our coverage of the "Women Who Kick Ass" panel at Comic-Con is here; and "Hunger Games" franchise producer Nina Jacobson at CinemaCon, talking Hollywood's never-ending chase of the young male demo, is here.

Women IN Film Graph


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.