We have often decried the dearth of women in film. This article expresses so well the frustration I feel. It talks about how even though we have all these “break-out” movies with female leads that make a killing at the box office (Bridesmaids, Hunger Games, The Heat etc), we are still not actually getting more movies with women in the leading roles. And last week Forbes published an article highlighting gender pay gap in movies (top 10 highest paid actors in Hollywood made 2.5 times more than 10 highest paid actresses). The folks at Forbes think that the lack of lead roles for women in highest grossing movies is the major cause of this pay gap.
With women comprising only 28.4% of the speaking roles in 2012, new movie coming out this weekend, In a World, is a breath of fresh air. Written and directed by Lake Bell, who is also the star of the movie, the film won the Sundance Film Festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Lake Bell plays a vocal coach who tries to break in into male-dominated field of movie trailer voice-overs.
Trailer with subtitles here.