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Guest blogger: Jenny Neighbour, Programs Manager and Documentary Programmer for Sydney film Festival.

I’ve been reading the current debate about the levels of abuse directed at women directors, as well as the under-representation of women in the film industry. Only 23% of directing positions and 26% of key behind-the-scenes roles are filled by women, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University last year. Cannes is opening tonight with a film directed by a woman (La Tête Haute, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot) for the first time since 1987 - that’s 28 years ago... Outraged? You should be! If you want your blood to boil further check out Shit People Say To Women Directors.

Thank goodness, women are slightly better represented in documentary making. An earlier study by the same university found that 39% of documentaries at top film festivals were directed by women, compared with 18% of narrative features. I checked out this year’s Sydney Film Festival stats [read more]

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