Celluloid Ceiling: women film directors breaking through

Celluloid Ceiling: women film directors breaking through

Publication: April 2014
ISBN: 9780956632906
Price: 15.99 GBP
Extent: 384 pages
Size: 129mm x 198mm

Celluloid Ceiling: women film directors breaking through

Edited by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson

• Includes exclusive interviews with women directors

• Essential resource for film students, gender studies courses and film fans alike


About the Book

Now Kathryn Bigelow has made history as the first woman to win an Oscar for directing, is this a new era for women filmmakers? The figures suggest otherwise. Seeking to redress the imbalance between male and female film directors, Celluloid Ceiling explores inspiring new work appearing in the USA, the UK and globally. Highlighting emerging women directors alongside ground-breaking pioneers, this is a one-stop guide to the leading women film directors in the 21st century and those who inspired them.

From Oscar-winning action director Kathryn Bigelow to emerging strong voices from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Laos, particular attention is paid to women making films in traditionally male-dominated areas such as action, sci-fi and fantasy and to works with a new take on the violence and pornography of the horror genre. This book shows that the changes overturning current business and artistic processes are opening up new opportunities for women film directors who are determined make the most of these.

With contributions ranging from Africa, Latin America, Europe, USA, Asia and India to new voices in Japanese and Middle Eastern cinema, and covering women directors working in TV, as well as the first woman director Alice Guy Blache, the rise of the independent and the horror aficionados the Soska Sisters, Celluloid Ceiling includes numerous interviews and b/w photographs.



"Aside from correcting discrimination, the call for equality is timely: in troubled economies, the editors note, any less would be 'a waste of a country's human resources'.  - Total Film

"After 50 years when women directors are still a minority in Japan, it is inspiring to read a book about female filmmakers around the world and to understand why we need them." - Yukie Kito, Japanese producer whose work includes The Namesake by Mira Nair and Tokoyo Sonata by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

"This is a book to smack down on the desk of Thierry Fremaux, the director of the Cannes Film Festival (or any programmer, professor or snotty cinemagoer who claims women aren't as good at making films, or aren't interested in making them), as abundant evidence not only of international female filmmaking, but its dynamism, ambition and complexity." -  Sophie Mayer, The F-Word

"The arrival of a new book, "Celluloid Ceiling," could not be more timely. It takes a purposefully global overview of the status quo and in doing so provides some fascinating stories and insights, reminding us of what is lost when we limit the discussion to Anglophone directors." - Matthew Hammett Knott, Indiewire

"Every aspiring film-maker, every aspiring woman film-maker should delve into this book. Its panoramic view of film-making can only propel you forward." - Sharon Elliott, Stage Screen and Radio

"...in taking readers outside the familiar and comparing the experiences of women in dozens of national contexts, Celluloid Ceiling shows us the rich diversity of female filmmaking and examines the different circumstances faced by women in the Majority World." - Karen Pickering, Girls on Film Festival, Melbourne

CC_BECTU Review_Dec 2014


About the editors

GABRIELLE KELLY, screenwriter and producer, has worked in Hollywood on both studio and indie films. Her films includeAll the Queen's Men, Stag and D.A.R.Y.L and the script for All Ages Night, set in the music scene of LA. She developed and edited the industry bible, The Movie Business; a Legal guide with entertainment Lawyer, Kelly Crabb.

CHERYL ROBSON is a writer and producer of several short independent films, most recently Rock n' Roll Island. She worked at the BBC for several years.

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