The Celluloid Ceiling
Click here to read the Celluloid Ceiling 2017 report. Now in its 20th year, the study considers the employment of women working in a variety of key behind-the-scenes roles (directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, cinematographers) on the top 100, 250, and 500 films. It is the longest-running and most comprehensive study of women’s employment in film available.
In 2017, the inequality in women’s employment remained staggering. 1% of top grossing films employed 10 or more women in key behind-the-scenes roles, while 70% of films employed 10 or more men. This year’s study also considers the employment of women on the top 100 and 500 grossing films. The analysis of the top 500 films reveals that features with at least one woman director employ higher percentages of women as writers, editors, cinematographers, and composers than films with exclusively male directors. For example, on films with female directors, women comprised 68% of writers. On films with exclusively male directors, women accounted for 8% of writers.