FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL is to be released on DVD, Blu-ray and available as a digital download in March in the UK. The film, which was nominated for three BAFTA awards, will be available to download early on Mothering Sunday (11th March) and on DVD and Blu-ray on 19th March. Special features include... read more >
Director and Screenwriter Christina Choe has won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival for her film NANCY which is executive produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The film which had its world premiere at the festival, stars Andrea Riseborough in the title role, alongside J. Smith-Cameron, Steve Buscemi,... read more >
FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL has been nominated for three BAFTA awards. Annette Bening and Jamie Bell both received Leading Actress/Actor nominations while Matt Greenhalgh was acknowledged in the Adapted Screenplay category. These nominations were closely followed by a Best Actor nomination for Jamie Bell in The London Evening Standard British Film Awards alongside... read more >
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FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL, produced by Barbara Broccoli (SPECTRE, SKYFALL) and Colin Vaines (GANGS OF NEW YORK, CORIOLANUS), has been nominated for four British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). The film, which is currently at cinemas in the UK, features in the following categories: Best Actor (Jamie Bell), Best Supporting Actress (Julie Walters), Best... read more >
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When it comes to the minuscule percentage of women directing films, the numbers are less depressing within the independent film scene.
But a new study shows that little progress was made in 2015, and that a disturbing disparity between men and women directors in the space has continued in the past year.
Women accounted for 28 percent of directors whose films screened at top U.S. film festivals last year, according to the annual study “Women in Independent Film” released on Thursday. While still far from reflecting 50-50 parity, the number is markedly better than the 9 percent of women directors who helmed major-studio films in 2015.
Led by Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, the study focuses on women’s representation at 23 U.S. festivals, including AFI Fest, SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival.
“The findings indicate that while women fare better in independent films, particularly documentaries, than in studio features, they are not close to achieving parity in the independent realm,” Lauzen said in a statement.
Indeed, 35 percent of documentary directors working the festival circuit last year were women. Compare that with the mere 19 percent of women directors who worked on narrative features.
When crunching the numbers on directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers as a group, women made up 25 percent of those working on U.S. festival circuit films — a figure that has not changed significantly since 2008-09, when Lauzen’s team began its study.
“Women’s representation on independent films is stagnant,” Lauzen said. “In spite of the increasing dialogue about this issue, the numbers have yet to move. We are not seeing year-to-year growth.”