Little Change in Number of Women in Key Creative Roles in Top 250 Films at US Box Office
The latest Celluloid Ceiling report from the San Diego State University – now in its 20th year – which looks at the top 250 films at the US box office in 2017 has found that women only comprised 18% of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers. That’s just one percentage point higher than 20 years ago, when 17% of those who held such roles were female.
The study also found that only 11% of those 250 films were directed by women, an increase of 4 percentage points from the previous year. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was the most successful of those female-directed films, and the ninth top-grossing film overall.
The category where women were best represented was as producers, though they still only account for a quarter of all producers (25%). The number of women writers, editors and cinematographers all decreased on the previous year, with women accounting for 11% of writers, 16% of editors and just 4% of cinematographers. Only 3% of composers were women, and 5% of sound designers.
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