l-r, Julie Taymor, Jane Campion, Massy Tadjedin, Shona Auerbach, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Sharon Maguire, Beeban Kidron, Antonia Bird
The 50 Shades of Grey trilogy has sold over 70 million copies and has been on the best-seller list for over 50 weeks. The books are being made into movies and the first just found its director after a long period of speculation. Big A-lister director names were mentioned along the way but the job went to an unknown, Sam Taylor-Johnson. Taylor-Johnson’s a photographer with just a few films in her credits so all eyes will be on her to see how she casts and develops this popular erotica story. According to The Directors Guild, less than 5% of all feature films produced in America are directed by women so it’s great to boost up that percentage with this news.
Female directors would like the hiring percentage to change and are working hard to make that happen. This year’s Sundance Film Festival saw an equal number of male and female directors in its 16-film U.S. Dramatic Competition category – which hasn’t happened before. One of those Sundance feature directors, Lynn Shelton, director of Touchy Feely, shared her thoughts with Entertainment Weekly on the topic.
As a woman navigating through a traditionally male dominated field, I have often felt like more of an oddity than an artist. In addition to a gratifying sense of justice in this ‘Finally!’ kind of moment, I also hope that this year’s gender parity among competition filmmakers at Sundance means we can look forward to a time (hopefully soon) when the quality and content of our work will be considered on its own terms without regard for what happens to be (or not to be) in our pants.
Take a peak at Shelton’s Touchy Feely which will be released on iTunes/On Demand August 1, and in theaters September 6, 2013.
Now, sit back and enjoy a few clips from some our favorite Miramax women-directed films. May the list continue to grow!
Bridget Jones’s Diary – directed by Sharon Maguire
The Piano – directed by Jane Campion
Frida – directed by Julie Taymor
Last Night – directed by Massy Tadjedin
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – directed by Beeban Kidron
Dear Frankie – directed by Shona Auerbach
Priest (1994) – directed by Antonia Bird
- When Fanny makes an arguement about the injustices of slavery, Sir Thomas finally takes notice of her...but not in the way she had hoped. In this scene: Mr. Rushworth (Hugh Bonneville), Fanny Price (Frances O'Connor), Henry Crawford (Alessandro Nivola), Edmund Bertram (Jonny Lee Miller), Mary Crawford (Embeth Davidtz), Mrs. Price/Lady Bertram (Lindsay Duncan)
- Still missing their piano, Ada and Flora convince a reluctant George to take them back the beach where they first landed. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Flora (Anna Paquin), George (Harvey Keitel)
- Diego proposes to Frida and she agrees on the condition that he always be loyal to her, though not necessarily faithful. In this scene: Frida (Salma Hayek), Diego (Alfred Molina)