Rose McGowan said what we’re all thinking at the New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony earlier this week when she urged for more films from women directors while accepting the group’s Best First Film award for The Babadook on behalf of Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent. (McGowan is currently working on her own feature debut.)
“Let’s give the six percent a shot,” McGowan said, referring to the statistic that only 6% of the 250 top-grossing films of 2013 were helmed by female filmmakers.
“That represents 50 percent of the audience, of which I am a member. I am not being served, and I am not being heard. I ask you to take up the hand of the female director until we no longer say ‘female director.’ It is a unisex term. I am a director. Jennifer Kent is a director. Let’s do smart, let’s bring it. She did. I think she’s thrown down the gauntlet. When they say, ‘Oh, the box office is down,’ it’s perhaps because we don’t need more fucking superhero movies! It’s time. It’s getting a little old, and Jennifer is a wonderful, dedicated director and I can’t wait to see what she does next.”
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