Celluloid Ceiling: Women Directors Breaking Through

Celluloid Ceiling: Women Directors Breaking Through

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Highlighting rising 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. This collection of essays, by an impressive array of international writers and filmmakers, examines the progress of women film directors around the world, and arrives at some surprising conclusions. From the blockbusters of the Hollywood studios to emerging voices from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Laos, we learn of women making films in traditionally male-dominated areas such as action, fantasy and horror. With wide-ranging contributions from countries with mature and nascent film industries, Celluloid Ceiling demonstrates that economic and technological changes are creating new opportunities for women film directors everywhere. With contributions from Africa, Latin America, Europe, USA, Asia and India, chapters on new voices in Japanese and Middle Eastern cinema, the book also covers women directors working in TV, and reminds us of the first woman director, Frenchwoman, Alice Guy Blache. Exploring the rise of the independent film sector including the horror aficionados the Soska Sisters, Celluloid Ceiling asks whether economic and technological change will work to the advantage of women in film.

Celluloid Ceiling follows in the footsteps of Supernova's Women Make Noise, which lifted the lid on the widespread and destructive misogyny that still plagues the rock music world.

Author: Gabrielle Kelly, Beti Ellerson
Publisher: Supernova Books
Published: 06/17/2014
Pages: 388
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 7.70h x 5.10w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780956632906

About the Author
Gabrielle Kelly, screenwriter and producer, has worked in Hollywood on both studio and indie films. Her films include: All the Queen's Men, Stag and D.A.R.Y.L., and the script for All Ages Night, set in the music scene of LA. She developed and edited the industry bible, The Movie Business; a Legal guide with entertainment Lawyer, Kelly Crabb.

Cheryl Robson is a producer of several independent films, most recently Rock n Roll Island which aired on BBC4 and was a Sunday Times Critics Choice. She worked at the BBC for several years and then taught filmmaking at the University of Westminster, before running a theatre company. She also created a publishing company where she has edited over fifty books and published over 200 international writers. As a writer, she has won the Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition, been longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and has had several stage plays produced. In 2019, Cheryl was a finalist in the ITV National Diversity Awards.