Imbricated in the criticism of Dunham and her work is an implicit criticism that if Dunham is taking from her life—if she IS the characters she writes—then her writing is an exercise in narcissism, and all her ventures are iterations of her “being herself” rather than inspired works of art produced through hard work.
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"When you look at my other films, you see that I was always interested in underdogs — people who have no chance in life, but they try to make the best out of it."
"This is a film about being a performer — and in my film, most of those performers are women — who are in the spotlight, and about being resilient in a world where the Big Top on the horizon may soon, if we are not careful, be a thing that survives only in pictures."
"I hope that as I dig deep into myself, other women see reflections of themselves there. But the fact that these stories are about the experience of being a woman in the world can make them feel political. Just making a film as a woman is a political act."
The news about Spanish filmmaking's gender disparity comes at the heels of a pan-European study conducted by the European Women's Audiovisual Network (EWA) released last month at the 2016 Berlinale. The report, which conducted research in seven European countries, found similarly dismal statistics across the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Austria and Croatia.
Julia Roberts is set to star in the film adaptation of best-selling author Harlan Coben's new novel "Fool Me Once." Roberts will also produce the film with her partners at Red Om, Lisa Roberts Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill.
The 2015 VIDA Count was released Wednesday and though the figures demonstrate small gains overall, the picture looks different for women of color, LGBTQ women and women with disabilities. VIDA dubbed this year "The Year of Intersectional Thinking," focusing their report on the numbers of women in marginalized communities with bylines in literary and news publications.
About 29% of the films in the lineup for the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival are directed by women. Of the 173 films showing at the festival, 50 are directed by women. As previously reported, 35% of the features competing for the festival's Golden Gate Awards are female-helmed.
The subject matter and the radical form of the play are different from Hansberry's best known work, but according to Yaël Farber, the play's director, "[Hansberry] thought 'Les Blancs' was her most important work."
Women are nominated in every category excluding lighting and sound design.
The European Women's Audiovisual Network (EWA) is teaming up with Cannes' "Women in Motion" program to host events highlighting women's achievements in film at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Live-Action Movie About Snow White's Sister, Rose Red, In Development at Disney | Women and Hollywood
The movie sounds like a welcome addition to the recent slate of live-action women-centric Disney re-imaginings including 2014's "Maleficent," last year's "Cinderella" and the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" starring "Harry Potter" alum Emma Watson.
The eight-week lab is an opportunity for women television writers early in their careers to receive mentoring and feedback on their work. The lab will hold master classes with seasoned writers and Hollywood executives. There will also be intensive workshopping and script development sessions. The program has not yet announced the Master Class teachers and writing coaches.
It's been a good week for women-centric films at the box office.
Dench took home the award for her supporting role as Paulina in the Kenneth Branagh Company's production of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale." The actress told The BBC that although the award was "lovely to have," the honor "in actual fact [...] belongs to [the company and crew and stage management] as much as it belongs to me."