2017 has been an incredible year for female directors. Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman is the highest grossing domestic superhero movie of the year and one of the highest-reviewed superhero movies of all time. Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival for her work on The Beguiled. And Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is already generating Oscar buzz. The unfortunate side of these recent achievements is that it didn’t happen much sooner; women have traditionally not been offered the same opportunities as men when it comes to directing major Hollywood projects. While the successes of Jenkins, Coopola and Bigelow are promising, it is clear that more needs to be done to provide equal opportunities for women in filmmaking.
In the entertainment industry, it seems that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same! In the same summer where Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman became the highest-grossing live action film to be directed by a woman and Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival, The Washington Post just reported that the writers room for the upcoming season of Fox’s The X-Files consists entirely of male writers.
This isn’t the first time that the show has been associated with gender inequity. When The X-Files first returned to the airwaves in 2016, Gillian Anderson revealed that she had initially been offered half of what her male co-star, David Duchovny was offered to return to the series. Fortunately, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Anderson and Duchovny ultimately earned equal pay for the event series after concluding negotiations. read more
Sofia Coppola is officially the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival. She was awarded this prestigious honor on Sunday for The Beguiled, a dark thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell. The film is being described as her most feminist work to date.
Starting off as an actress in various small roles in her father, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather series, Sofia Coppola first entered the world of directing in 1996. Her debut full length film, 1999’s The Virgin Suicides earned tremendous critical acclaim; and 2003’s Lost in Translation delivered one of Bill Murray’s and Scarlett Johansson’s best performances of their respective careers. read more
Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled is currently making a splash at the Cannes Film Festival. Coppola is known for her directorial work on such classics as The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Her new film is a loosely based upon the 1971 Don Siegel film, which starred Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page. While not exactly a straight-up horror film, the trailer promises an eerily dreadful psychodrama. You can watch the full trailer below:
The Beguiled stars Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell, and Nicole Kidman. It is set to hit American theaters on June 30th, 2017. read more