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Only 1 female director worked on the top 20 Hollywood movies of 2013

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The ratio of female directors behind the top 20 films at the box office last year was so low that it was less than 1 in 20.

A total of 23 directors worked on the top 20 grossing movies of 2013, but only one of the films had a female director. Jennifer Lee co-directed animation hit ‘Frozen’ with Chris Buck, which technically meant that no female director alone had total vision on the outcome of a picture in the top 20.

As a percentage only 4.3% of directors were female but from an audience demographic perception, the ratio was hugely different. We certainly didn’t see women representing just 4% of box office receipts within the top 20 biggest films.

We can also see a low ratio for female screenwriters. A total of 4 out of 45 writers who worked on the top 20 movies of 2013 were women representing just 8.8% of the above-the-line-talent.

Although the profession of a film director is traditionally dominated by men, is the film industry at a point where there’s a little bit too much of a one-sided approach? Surely female scriptwriters and directors should play a bigger role in motion picture production. What do you think?

Sources: Box Office Mojo, IMDB

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