Exercise

“If I were to select a topic now [for my next film] I think it would focus on a woman’s story. I have two daughters. My films have been ‘guy stories’ and I think maybe its time to change course.” — Slumdog Millonaire director Danny Boyle recently speaking to Variety editor/columnist Peter Bart.

Imagine a woman director saying she thinks it’s time to do a guy’s story because she has two sons, her films have all been primarily about or made for women and maybe it’s time change course. Imagine it, I’m saying, because it’ll never happen. No, take it back — Kimberly Peirce shot her brother’s story with Stop Loss. I stand corrected.

But generally women directors don’t feel they have the freedom or the options to flip it over and explore the other side. It’s too much of a lopsided deal as it is with over 93% of the films out there being directed by guys. They feel they have no choice but to guard and work their turf. I don’t blame them. I’d probably do the same.

18 thoughts on “Exercise

  1. MindlessObamaton on said:

    Most pointless post of the day? Kinda weak, Wells, especially after your praise of The Rourke interview, which is one of the best Charlie’s ever done.

  2. Has THE HURT LOCKER finally slipped your mind? The closest thing Kathryn Bigelow has made to a ‘woman’s story’ is BLUE STEEL.

  3. Mindless, your post would have the distinction of most pointless.

    Good for Boyle, but if any director needed to change course less than him, I don’t know who it could be.

    When was the last time a director made films as radically different in tone as 28 Days Later, Millions and Sunshine?

  4. Took the words right outta my mouth, Burma.

    Hey — what about Stop-Loss??! Maybe not a great film (I liked it), but didn’t Peirce say she was inspired to do it because of her brother’s involvement in the Iraq war?

    Isn’t this the same basic, weak argument as the “women directors have no visual sense?” As many said in that thread, the female directing contingent proportionally is so much smaller than the male’s, it’s almost futile to make direct comparisons or draw useful conclusions.

  5. Wow, I actually caused Wells to edit his main story.

    Holding my head up high as I’m off to walk down the aisles of my local grocery store…

  6. Also, Mary Harron adapted the male-dominated American Psycho.

    But you could easily argue that the film is mainly a satire on masculinity, so her portrayal of extreme male behavior is actually a rebuttal, which would ultimately make it (I guess?) a feminist film.

    If that’s the case, she certainly doesn’t take the obvious route to get there (however, she would try a more traditional technique years later with her Bettie Page biopic…sorta).

  7. This is NOT a pointless post, Wells, and thanks for bringing this issue up.

    It’s so frustrating for female screenwriters and female directors, period. I have the most amount of respect and admiration for them in this cutthroat male-dominated industry.

  8. I’m not sure I agree with your thesis, but it’s an interesting one. Seems to me it has at least as much to do with the ratio of male/female directors in general. Kelly Reichardt’s “Old Joy” was a dick-flick I really enjoyed, and I always felt “Strange Days” was perversely male.

  9. Mr. Wroe’s Virgins is pretty much a women’s story. I’m surprised that hasn’t come out now that Boyle’s become such a name director.

    I caught it a number of years ago when it aired on Sundance Channel and although it was slightly edited (Minnie Driver reported insisted on having her nude scenes cut out because she was big and fat) it was still a fantastic film — one of Boyle’s best.

  10. This is NOT a pointless post, Wells, and thanks for bringing this issue up.

    It’s so frustrating for female screenwriters and female directors, period. I have the most amount of respect and admiration for them in this cutthroat male-dominated industry.

  11. I’ve spent most of the year so-far wishing that “Punisher Warzone” had been a hit, not so much for the movie-proper (near-perfect as what it is, but nothing earth-shattering) but rather for the “Wait… THIS was directed by a WOMAN??” reaction and commentary. Might even have opened studios etc. up to the idea of female action directors as some kind of potential ‘hot new thing.’

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