04 October 2016
SLATED infographic reveals gender disparities
An infographic created by SLATED based on the analysis of 1,591 feature films released theatrically on at least one screen in the US between 2010-15 exposes a systemic lack of trust on the part of the film industry when it comes to collaborating with women in the workplace.
Findings that SLATED has identified and represented in its infographic include:
- Women directors are the most under-represented major category in cinema, accounting for 8.8% of films made in the survey period, followed by women writers (13.2%), women producers (19.8%) and women acting leads (29.4%) Even roles for supporting actors are tilted towards men.
- Regardless of role, women are afforded smaller budgets than male counterparts. And yet, with the exception of women directors, those same women generate higher returns despite deploying those smaller production resources.
- Women writers’ scripts achieve the highest return on investment of any category, yet their work commands two-thirds of the average budgets given to male writers. For films budgeted at more than $25 million, women writers achieve an industry-high ROI of 3.72% and yet account for just 8.7% of theatrically released screenplays.