Sandra Bullock in Gravity (2013) portrayed a female protagonist well, but the industry has a long way to go.
Only 10% of films have a gender-balanced cast, and getting more women on screens starts with the screenwriters. The solution can be as simple as giving minor characters female names.
New guidelines for screen time for children should make it easier for parents.
Updated guidelines for how much screen time children can have puts most of the onus on the parents to decide.
Script writers need to think past adjectives for “sexy” when creating female characters.
Bad female characters start with bad writing. We compare male and female character descriptions, which are often used as the starting point for casting calls.
‘It’s peculiar the way in which viewers of my vintage judged the first part of Seven’s miniseries on its authenticity.’
Image courtesy of Channel 7.
'I suppose that, as I'm 50, Molly is absolutely my demographic: I was nine when Countdown began and 23 when it ended, and I was a devotee for most of that time – a devotee who was often disgusted ...'
Jane Austen horror has burgeoned into a distinctive subgenre of adaptations.
England’s green and pleasant land will be beset by a plague of the living dead, corpses will dig their way out of graves ... Jane Austen horror is now a distinctive subgenre of Austen adaptations.
Perhaps you might enjoy this list of movies and videos that look at ways contemporary Sydney has been fictionally invaded or destroyed on the big screen.
It seems to me no coincidence that in Australian popular culture our founding colony is usually the site of major onscreen attacks. Might this speak of cultural guilt and repressed truths?
An unlikely group of bounty hunters, bandits, and lawmen take shelter from a merciless blizzard.
Quentin Tarantino has secured his place in popular culture by reaching into neglected corners of cinema for genres that are ready for reinvention and rediscovery.
What is the male gaze, and does the female gaze exist?
You may have heard about the male gaze, but what is it? And is there such as thing as the female gaze?
The ubiquitous superhero finally seems to be growing up and moving on.
Eneas De Troya
It was the year of the grown-up superhero. Dark, witty and complex, superheroes on the big and small screen have – mostly – matured past mindless violence.
The voices that can be used in a show like this are not those one would hear in Madama Butterfly.
Patrick (Peter Cousens), Ellen (Melissa Madden Grey), The Divorce. ABC TV.
The kinds of voices that can be used in a show like ABC's The Divorce are certainly not typical of those one would hear in Madama Butterfly. But – and let's be honest for a second – does it matter?
Australia’s defining narratives are apparently stories by, for and about white cis men.
George A. Spiva Center for the Arts
Australia’s defining narratives are apparently, with rare exception, stories by, for and about white cis men. We need more than Screen Australia’s new measures to address gender equity in the film industry.
Even with Kate Winslet and Judy Davis cast in The Dressmaker, the film was considered too high a risk for international buyers.
Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
If the Australian screen industry is to grow into the future and prosper, it cannot ignore the untapped creative talent and leadership potential of women. We need strategies to address this problem.
The great detective’s purchase on popular culture was not always so assured.
Benedict Cumberbactch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock, courtesy of Channel Nine
As Benedict Cumberbatch prepares to return to 221B Baker Street for a Sherlock Christmas Special, a great, unsolved mystery remains: what is the source of the detective’s enduring appeal?
The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen represents the strength of living the Beatitudes against injustice.
The Hunger Games movie franchise has ended. What can we learn from Katniss Everdeen about living a just life? This article contains spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II.
This year’s Tropfest has run into trouble – what does that mean for Australian filmmakers?
The future of the worlds largest short film festival hangs in the balance. Can Tropfest survive? And, if not, what's the loss to Australia's film industry?
In the absence of content quotas, the broadcaster’s children’s offerings seem vulnerable to cuts.
We know the ABC is facing tough times, given the decision last year to cut its budget by A$254 million over five years. But how hard are those cuts falling on locally-produced children's TV?
Violence. Yes. Glamour. Yes. But the most engaging element of Spectre may be its tone.
Spectre is a return to form for the series, and the best of the Daniel Craig films, tying together the legend with a narrative that incorporates and develops the past 50-plus years of Bond.
The life Adams was leading 100 years ago was far from a Hollywood fantasy.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC.
This Remembrance Day, spend some time with Claire Adams Mackinnon – the silent Hollywood movie star who stole the heart of Melbourne bachelor and lived the last 40 years of her life in Victoria.
Love complicates the complex marriage deals arranged by parents on the island of Tanna, though rarely with such profound ramifications as those depicted in the film.
The new Australian film Tanna, which won two awards at Venice Film Festival, is as much a tale about romance as it is globalisation.
The Society of the Spectacle.
The Counter Image
“What is the point of studying popular films?” As barbaric as it may appear, this is a good question. It forces one to reconsider, and to some extent thereby refresh, one’s perspective on the subje