Suffragette: Why are female film-makers rare?

Suffragette is a new British film written, directed and produced by women. Why is this still an oddity in the film industry? Rebecca Laurence reports for Talking Movies.

It’s a defining part of modern British history, but the story of the Suffragettes – the women who campaigned for women’s voting rights – has not been shown on film before.

Now Suffragette, which stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter and Meryl Streep, is set to address a piece of cinema’s missing history.

But by featuring women both in front of and behind the camera, the film highlights a gap in the industry. Why are there not more women making films and telling women’s stories?

Clare Stewart, director of the BFI London Film Festival, has chosen Suffragette to open this year’s programme. “The strong woman is definitely the central theme of this year’s festival,” she says.

What more can festivals – and the wider industry – do to ensure more progress can be made? BBC Culture’s Rebecca Laurence reports for Talking Movies.

This story is part of British film week, a series running on BBC Culture and BBC Britain.

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