I was recently interviewed for LA Women. There’s quite a lot about how women are treated in the Industry, a subject that doesn’t come up on TAPA as much as it should.
Here’s a quick snippet:
You work for a guy and he doesn’t take you seriously, you work for a girl and she sees you as competition. I wish I could say that it was an even playing field, but there’s a reason you see so few women in Hollywood. I do have the controversial opinion that women in Hollywood are cruel to other women; we have to change that or we’ll never gain momentum.
Shoot on over to the LA Women Tumblr for the full interview.
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In related news, the Bitch Pack has announced the latest Hollywood list– the Bitch List.
For those of you who don’t know, the Bechdel Test is a measure of how Hollywood treats women. To pass the test, the movie must, 1) Have at least two (named) female characters, 2) who speak to each other, 3) about something other than a man.
Of course, the test is not perfect, and reasonable people can disagree on whether or not a movie strictly passes.
And then there’s this moron, talking about Black Swan:
Swan Lake is written by Tchiakovsky, so any time the characters are talking about the play and the pressure of performing the role, they’re really talking about him.
The Bechdel Test is an attempt to codify a measure of how films represent genuine, complex female characters (part 1), who don’t exist alone in a world of men (part 2), and who have lives outside of their relationship to men (part 3). It’s sad that so many movies fail. But the strict reading of the rule (written as a punchline to a comic 25 years ago) leads to comments like this, regarding Bridesmaids:
The subject matter of the conversations in this movie matter little because every single interaction is done under the context of a wedding, under a man. None of these conversations would be occurring if a man were not involved at some point, even if behind the scenes, so no matter how you spin it a man is being referred to somewhere along the line, even in a conversation about puppies.
This absolutely does make a difference as to whether or not it passes the Bechdel test. #3 is supposed to mean that female characters’ conversations occur in their own right, not under the context of a man. Why can’t women in film have their own conversations under their own circumstances? Why does a man always have to be involved at some point? This is blatant patriarchy and it’s foolish to claim that something like this should pass the Bechdel test. I’ll grant you that it’s a step up from most movies, but it’s nowhere near acceptable.
By this rationale, The Hangover does not pass the reverse-Bechdel, and does not truly represent men outside the context of women. And do you know what that is?
If you’re an agent, manager, exec, producer, or an assistant thereto, send an email to email@example.com the next time you read a good script that passes (to what ever degree you choose).
Still, I wouldn’t hold your breath–