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Women directors and producers are still a rare breed. It’s time we change that, so if you’ve got the talent and passion, apply for a film production degree!
Working as a film director or producer is exciting, with no two days the same and amazing opportunities to travel, as well as a chance to mingle with the rich and famous. But very few women pursue this career path, and statistics are shockingly one-sided when it comes to females in film.
While the gender gap is slowly closing in other industries, the percentage of women working on top-grossing films (not including artists) hasn't changed much over the last two decades.
In fact, the number of females in film (directors, writers, producers and cinematographers) only rose marginally from 17% in 1998 to just 21% in 2019. For two whole decades of pushing for equity and equality, that’s a disappointing figure to look at.
It’s time for a change, and we believe that accessibility to the right education and networking opportunities is key. The University of Bolton’s BA Film & Media Production course invites people of all genders, religions and backgrounds to launch a career in this global industry.
Whether you’re male or female, here are some interesting facts and figures to spur you on!
Discounting on-screen artists, women are massively underrepresented on set. While they account for 50% of all moviegoers and enjoy going to the cinema or using subscription services at home just as much as men, they don’t have much to do with films behind the scenes.
On the top 100 grossing films of 2019, females in film made up:
- Just over 10% of directors
- Under 20% of writers
- Less than 25% of producers
They did however make up a huge 70% of casting directors, placing them in a very people-orientated role.
While there’s no shortage of female actors, it’s important to note that women taking lead roles has only narrowed more recently, with over 47% of lead actors being female in 2020.
When it comes to salaries, artists are just as much affected. The gender pay gap appears to be significantly larger in the film industry, with the highest-paid male actor in 2017 being $57.4 million (in comparison to the highest-paid female actress being $21.8 million for in the same year).
This means that disparity is almost the same as it was back in 1980, and many people have now called for contracts to be made public.
In order to close this gap, it’s important for both men and women to work together to make the industry an equal platform for all.
But there’s a race gap too!
As well as the huge gender gap that needs closing, it’s also important to highlight the race gap when it comes to the biggest paid roles in the industry, whether on screen or behind the scenes.
Figures from the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film reveal that 68% of all female characters in the top 100 films of 2019 were white. This compared to just 20% of black artists, 7% Asian artists and 5% Latina artists.
A similar disparity is seen with directors and producers, so inclusivity should be the main focus for education institutions, recruiters and employers.
If you’re interested in applying for a film production degree, choose a university that puts diversity first. We rank No.2 in the UK for Social Inclusion*, and with over 60 nationalities represented on campus, life at the University of Bolton is a real celebration of cultures.
We’re also in the Top 50 UK Universities in Film Subjects** and have been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction for three years running in the North West^, so there’s nowhere better to hone your craft in the Greater Manchester region.
To find out more about applying for a place in September 2021, see the course page for details.
Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
** The Guardian University League Tables 2021
^ Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019,
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