Listen to My Interview on Australian Radio

by Melissa Silverstein on May 14, 2010

in Sexism,Statistics,Women Directors

I was interviewed by Julie Rigg for her show Movietime about the lack of women directors in Cannes and the overall state for women in Hollywood.

Listen here.

Here’s the overview of the piece:

This week’s interview looks at women and their mysterious near absence from the key creative roles in the film industry, 30 plus years after the feminist revolution. Is it a question of hidden gatekeepers, little knots of patriarchal power keeping them out? Or is the industry so designed that few women have the stamina for the long haul?

It’s been a bit of a theme on this program over the past month, starting with my chat with Geena Davis some weeks ago. When Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for best director in March, it was Barbra Streisand who said it. Finally. It had only taken 50 years.

And then, a few weeks later the Cannes Film Festival announces its list of films in competition for the Palme d’Or, with not one woman-directed film amkong them. Despite the addition of some films directed by woman in special screening slots, there are only a handful of films directed by women selected across the huge range of Cannes programs.

So what gives? Well, I tracked down one of the bloggers who has been following this issue. Her name is Melissa Silverstein, her blog is and while she blogs from New York her focus is very much on Hollywood. Where it might be said, the participation of women filmmakers is abysmally low. But her remarks on the Cannes selection — mirrored in the mainstream media and the trades, by the way — have provoked a reaction.

Check it out here


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wellywoodwoman May 17, 2010 at 5:41 AM

Melissa I listened to this interview and thought it was terrific. You’re SO clear and dispassionate. Really nice to be able to refer people to this— Thank you.

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