It was seen as a job for the sons. Thats changing thanks to the likes of Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins and Claire Denis being given opportunities to oversee big-budget productions
Critical reactions to Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time may have been mixed, but there’s no disclaiming it is a cinema landmark. DuVernay is not just the first female of colouring to lead a $100 m( PS72m) movie, but a member of a exceedingly exclusive association- female directors of big-budget science fiction.
It is sobering be recognized that Kathryn Bigelow’s $42 m sci-fi noir Strange Days was exhausted nearly a part of a century earlier. It was a sounding flop, which no doubt persuasion studios that ladies should not be allowed to send the category at all. Since then, we have also had Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending from the Wachowskis. But one can’t help wondering if, back in 1999, Warner Bros would have entrusted The Matrix’s $60 m budget to a couple of relative unknowns if they had been called Lilly and Lana, instead of Larry and Andy.
The next high-profile sci-fi film be administered by the status of women will be Claire Denis’ first English-language film, High Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche on a spaceship. But Denis is French, and a 2014 sketch found that nearly a quarter of France’s film directors were female, compared to single illustrations for the US. Sci-fi movies invariably require big budgets, and Hollywood is notoriously reluctant to admit girlfriends into a boys’ playground where Colin Trevorrow, Josh Trank, Gareth Edwards and Jordan Vogt-Roberts were all given blockbusters to send after a single indie ten-strike, whereas Patty Jenkins had to wait 14 times between Monster and Wonder Woman.
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