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The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood

The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood (Hardback)

By Jones, Naomi McDougall

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An insider's account of near-absolute systemic exclusion of women from Hollywood, the experiences of women trying to break the system open, and the impact their absence is having on our cultural psyche. The Wrong Kind of Woman provides a hard-hitting and unflinching look behind t...he silver screen and into the darkest corners of working life for women in Hollywood. Actor, screenwriter and award-winning, indie filmmaker Naomi McDougall Jones deconstructs the casual, commonplace misogyny rampant in Hollywood, as well as the grassroots, women-in-film activism that is emerging after #metoo and the fall of Harvey Weinstein. To this day, a mere 5% of top studio films are directed by women. If you have watched mostly American mainstream movies in your lifetime, 80-90% of all the leading characters you have ever seen were male. And even just over the past five years, 55% of the time you saw a female character on screen, she was naked or scantily clad. Those data points have remained static since the early 90s (before which they were worse), and leading indicators suggest that those numbers show no concrete signs of improvement. This is the environment that young actresses, as well as those seeking to become filmmakers or work behind-the-scenes, have been walking into, then trying to navigate to get roles. Crucially, the experience is compounded for women of color, who are also finding workarounds. Informed by the journey of her own career -- and after conducting over 100 hours of interviews with other women and men in film, ranging from the famous to the shooting-on-a-cell-phone-in-Staten-Island types -- McDougall Jones offers her story and those of her peers as living examples of the maneuvering and movement-building that female filmmakers are doing outside the traditional studio system, courtesy of streaming services, crumbling distribution models, innovative online platforms and outside advocacy groups. The Wrong Kind of Woman makes a business case for financing and producing films by female filmmakers. But, packed with cold, hard data, research, and personal history, the moral case is clear, too. It is -- like women in film these days -- fearless, bold and ready for a closeup.
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ISBN 9780807033456
Released NZ 4 Feb 2020
Publisher Beacon Press
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9780807033456
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Beacon Press
Imprint Beacon Press
Released 4 Feb 2020
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Jones, Naomi McDougall
Category Individual Actors & Performers
Film Theory & Criticism
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Women's Studies
Media, Information & Communication Industries
Communications Engineering / Telecommunications
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 384.8082
Weight 567g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women in motion pictures, Sex discrimination against women, Women in the motion picture industry, Minority women - Employment
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade