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 denying it is a cinema landmark. DuVernay is not just the first dame of emblazon to aim a $100 m( PS72m) movie, but a member of a exceedingly exclusive team- female chairmen of big-budget science fiction.
It is sobering be recognised that Kathryn Bigelow’s $42 m sci-fi noir Strange Days was secreted nearly a part of a century ago. It was a sounding dud, which no doubt persuasion studios that dames should not be allowed to steer 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 got a couple of relative unknowns if they had been called Lilly and Lana, instead of Larry and Andy.
The next high-profile sci-fi movie directed by a woman will be Claire Denis’ first English-language movie, High Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche on a spaceship. But Denis is French, and a 2014 canvas found that nearly a quarter of France’s film directors were female, to report to single fleshes for the US. Sci-fi movies invariably expect big funds, and Hollywood is notoriously reluctant to admit girlfriends into a son’ playground where Colin Trevorrow, Josh Trank, Gareth Edwards and Jordan Vogt-Roberts were all given blockbusters to aim after a single indie smack, whereas Patty Jenkins had to wait 14 times between Monster and Wonder Woman.
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