Laura Peatman’s fantastic preview for Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents… The Launch.
Catch us tomorrow night (17th) or the 24th at Waterloo East Theatre!
In November 2013 it was widely reported that some Swedish cinemas had introduced a rating system based on the Bechdel test: to gain an A rating, a film must contain two female characters who engage in a conversation that is not about a man. Few would dispute that the representation of women in film is not currently equal to that of men – it’s interesting to read that huge movies such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Avatar, and, incredibly, all 10 hours of the Lord of the Rings trilogy fail spectacularly; yet it’s also open to criticism, with possible suggestions that it oversimplifies the situation or becomes too reductive to effectively address gender equality. Particularly startling is how long the idea has been around: it was first devised by Alison Bechdel in the 1980s but certainly strikes a chord today…
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