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Celluloid Ceiling

Celluloid Ceiling

Women Film Directors Breaking Through

Edited by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson

Aurora Metro Press

“Aside from correcting discrimination, the call for equality is timely: in troubled economies, the editors note, any less would be ‘a waste of a country's human resources.’” —Total Film

“After 50 years when women directors are still a minority in Japan, it is inspiring to read a book about female filmmakers around the world and to understand why we need them.” —Yukie Kito, Japanese producer whose work includes The Namesake by Mira Nair, and Tokyo Sonata by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

“This is a book to smack down on the desk of Thierry Fremaux, the director of the Cannes Film Festival (or any programmer, professor or snotty cinemagoer who claims women aren't as good at making films, or aren't interested in making them), as abundant evidence not only of international female filmmaking, but its dynamism, ambition and complexity." —Sophie Mayer, The F-Word

“The arrival of a new book, Celluloid Ceiling, could not be more timely. It takes a purposefully global overview of the status quo and in doing so, provides some fascinating stories and insights, reminding us of what is lost when we limit the discussion to Anglophone directors." — Matthew Hammett Knott, Indiewire

Includes exclusive interviews with women directors. Resource for students of film and gender studies courses, and film fans alike.

Now Kathryn Bigelow has made history as the first woman to win an Oscar for directing, is this a new era for women filmmakers? The figures suggest otherwise. Seeking to redress the imbalance between male and female film directors, Celluloid Ceiling explores inspiring new work appearing in the USA, the UK and globally. Highlighting emerging women directors alongside ground-breaking pioneers, this is a one-stop guide to the leading women film directors in the 21st century and those who inspired them.

From Oscar-winning action director Kathryn Bigelow to emerging strong voices from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Laos, particular attention is paid to women making films in traditionally male-dominated areas such as action, sci-fi and fantasy and to works with a new take on the violence and pornography of the horror genre. This book shows that the changes overturning current business and artistic processes are opening up new opportunities for women film directors who are determined make the most of these.

The contributors represent women making film  Africa, Latin America, Europe, USA, Asia and India, with new voices in Japanese and Middle Eastern cinema, the women directors working in TV, as well as the first woman director Alice Guy Blache, the rise of the independent and the horror aficionados the Soska Sisters,  Celluloid Ceiling includes numerous interviews and black & white photographs.

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