My inspiration this week, and every week for that fact, is an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to women in the film industry. Founded by Holly Tarquini in Bath, England, the F-Rating is a classification given to any film that is directed by a woman, written by a woman, and/or features significant women on screen in their own right. According to their website, the rating is designed to support and promote women and redress the imbalance in the film industry. It's a phenomenal project that really shows the importance of female representation in the industry. And as a woman trying to make it into the industry myself, I thrive to see the support of organizations like these championing women in the industry.
The F-Rated website offers some pretty staggering statistics about the lack of representation of women in film. In 2015, women made up only 3.6% of all directors, 4.4% of all writers, and 10.4% of all producers from the top 250 films that year. It's clear that, although women make up 50% of the population, they are not being equally, or realistically, represented in the industry that is meant to represent life. The stories we see on screens should rightfully capture our diverse culture. Without change, we will continue to propagate the white-male dominance for generations to come. Women from all backgrounds and cultures should be allowed to use their voice to comment on our world just like any man. F-Rated puts it perfectly when they say: "In real life women are not primarily just eye candy, princesses, dumb blondes, nagging wives or victims. They are engineers, heroes, trailblazers, surgeons and rulers. We need to see a massive increase in roles that reflect women’s real place in society in order to give a true representation of 50% of the population."
It is so important to stand up and fight for the right to equality, whether it be pay, representation, or just to have our voices heard. I love this industry, but I want this industry to love me, so I support organizations like F-Rated films because female below on screen too.
TOGETHER WE CAN PUT EQUALITY ON SCREEN
What you can do to support F-Rated:
Watch more F-Rated films
Pledge support and share on social media
Ask film festivals and your local cinema to use the F-Rating
Sign up to F-Rated newsletter and follow them on Facebook
MAKE SOME NOISE!
Read more about the F-Rating on their website: f-rated.org!