Jessica Chastain Shuts Down Tweet Shaming Praise of Female Directors
Jessica Chastain showed her love for director Niki Caro of "The Zookeeper’s Wife" and all female filmmakers in a Twitter post on Saturday when a Twitter user replied, Chastain brought the Hollywood stats to the table.
Here is how the series of events played out:
Actually its important to have multiple points of view in storytelling. Having more than 90% of the stories from a male gaze isn't healthy. https://t.co/lce1AWDN2K— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) March 18, 2017
According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, women comprise just 7 percent of all directors working on the top 250 highest-grossing domestic released films in 2016. That means for almost 24 male directors, there is one female director. This is a decline of two percentage points from the peak levels achieved in 2015 and 1998.
Here are the statistics broken down:
Chastain wrote a letter in The Hollywood Reporter in December reiterating the good things that happen when women are directors, starting with more females being hired, which is a problem in Hollywood.
"This comes from when women in power make room for other women," she writes.
She notes her time on set of "The Zookeeper's Wife" as one where she was surrounded by "so many women" she never had been before. She notes that when both genders are more fairly represented, there becomes a "healthier point of view" in a film.
"The energy is great, you are all working together as a community, and everyone is participating in the exchange of ideas," she said.
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