The surprising origins of Wonder Woman

Two of the films attracting the most buzz at the Toronto Film Festival – about how Wonder Woman was created and a female artist who painted Sitting Bull – are directed by women.

Less than 10 per cent of the top 200 highest-grossing films made in the last year were directed by women. To address the film world’s systemic gender inequity, the Toronto International Film Festival this year programmed its line-up so that 30 per cent of its movies were directed by female film-makers.

Two of these movies are Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, about the life of the creator of the iconic superhero and the character’s unexpected inspiration, and Woman Walks Ahead, about a female artist, played by Jessica Chastain, who painted the Native American warrior Sitting Bull in the late 19th Century.

In a video chat from the Toronto Film Festival, Tom Brook talks to BBC Culture deputy editor Christian Blauvelt and film reporter Emma Jones about these films and whether or not Toronto’s push for increased representation of women in film-making will have a meaningful impact in Hollywood. Click the play button above to start the video.

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