The conversation about gender equality in the film industry is an ongoing one that’s far from over. Points are constantly rehashed on both sides, but this new video essay is one of the most succinct and brilliant pieces on the topic currently available.
Using an amalgamation of quotes from some of the most successful and vocal women actresses the essay, entitled “Second Class Superstars,” builds upon the theme that women are underused and underrepresented in films. Patricia Arquette, Salma Hayek and Emma Watson are just a few of the advocates whose powerful words can be heard over the course of the 9-minute video.
Using “The Smurfs” as a starting point for where movies can go off track in terms of representing women seems odd, but will make sense by the end of the video (we promise). Clips from a great variety of films, both ones that are doing it right and getting it all wrong, are on display here.
So get to it. Watch the video above or on TungstenLightProductions Vimeo page.