women screenwriters initiative

I was interested to read the following story on the women in film and television website

In a recent report  by Dr Martha Leuzen,  •Women accounted for 11% of writers working on the top 250 films of 2017. This represents a decline of 2 percentage points from 2016 and from the figure achieved in 1998. Eighty three percent (83%) of the films had no female writers.

Things may be slowly changing.  Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman are backing a new initiative for women screenwriters over 40, The Writers Lab. Olivia Hetreed, the screenwriter of The Girl With the Pearl Earring, says age is an advantage for a screenwriter.

“I don’t think there’s necessarily a closed door once you reach a certain age. In fact, most screenwriters are over the age of 40, as much of their early years are spent writing TV and radio scripts in order to get established. In terms of age, it’s generally considered that age is a benefit to writing; you have more life experience, more empathy, more subject matter.”


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