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    Heroines of Cinema: 9 Things We Could Learn From Taking a Global Perspective on Women Directors

    The level of public consciousness about the barriers faced by female filmmakers is higher than it has ever been. Despite this, the discussion more often than not centers around North America and to a lesser extent, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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    Heroines of Cinema: Why Rejecting Maya Angelou Was a Huge Mistake Made By the Film Industry

    In the many obituaries that followed Maya Angelou's death, her career as a filmmaker was often touched upon, usually as a side note. This is quite understandable -- Angelou's literary achievements clearly dwarfed her work in cinema, which was sporadic and relatively unprolific. But what was not rema...

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    Heroines of Cinema: These 10 Female Filmmakers Prove Why Hollywood Studios Should Change Their Tune

    One thing that shocks me more than anything about the sexism of the film industry is the inability of the Hollywood studios to hire female directors. The statistics speak for themselves — last year, the only woman to solely direct a film released on more than 2000 screens was Kimberley Peirce with "...

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    Heroines of Cinema: How Thuc Nguyen's 'Bitch Pack' is Fighting for More Female-Driven Stories

    In our latest "Heroines of Cinema" column, we write about Thuc Nguyen and her brainchild, The Bitch Pack.

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    Heroines of Cinema: Why Amma Asante is a Ground-Breaking Director

    Here’s an extremely abridged version of Amma Asante’s career as a director. Back in the early 2000s, she was touting a feature script she had written (“A Way of Life”) to the British Film Institute, while actively seeking a director. The BFI executives then suggested that she herself direct the film...

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    Heroines of Cinema: Mimi Leder and the Impossible Standard for Women Directors in Hollywood

    If you were a Hollywood studio, who would you hire to direct your $170 million action tentpole? A director with two blockbuster action hits to their name, or the team behind the commercial flop “Welcome to Collinwood” and the critical flop “You, Me & Dupree”. The answer, for Marvel Studios and their...

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    Heroines of Cinema: How Judi Dench Became a Box-Office Phenomenon In 10 Easy Steps

    In the week "Philomena" crosses $100 million worldwide, Judi Dench once again confirms her status as a true box office draw.

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    Heroines of Cinema: Why Don't More Women Make Movies? Marian Evans on Bridging The Gap Between Theory and Practice

    Writing this column, my gender makes me well aware that issues relating to women in film can be experienced quite differently in theory and practice. But this is scant insight compared to that offered by New Zealand writer, activist, academic and filmmaker Marian Evans, Wellywood Woman. Traversing t...

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    Heroines of Cinema: 10 Feminist Highlights of Awards Season

    There are many reasons to hate awards season. But for me, its greatest value has always been the potential platform it offers to progressive films, voices and characters. Let's not kid ourselves - 90% of the time, awards shows are a platform for vast egos and cinema at its most conservative. But at ...

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    Heroines of Cinema: 10 Trans Actors Who Could Have Played Jared Leto's Role in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

    I was going to start this article by saying that I don't want to take anything away from Jared Leto's performance in "Dallas Buyers Club". But in a sense, I do. The performance certainly holds up as a piece of art, but as a part of our culture, I believe it needs contextualizing.

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