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Half the Picture – Film screening and Panel Discussion

Half the Picture celebrates the ground-breaking work of female film directors and investigates the systemic discrimination that has, for decades, denied opportunities to far too many talented women in Hollywood

What’s Happening

Whilst the #MeToo movement brought the inequality faced by women to the forefront of culture, women directors remain the minority in Hollywood.  Using a screening of the inspiring documentary Half the Picture as a springboard for discussion, this event will explore the reasons behind this gender inequality as well as celebrating the many successes of ground-breaking women directors. Presented as part of doctoral research on women in American independent cinema and brought to you by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Amy Adrion (via Skype) and scholars Laraine Porter (DeMontfort University) and Dr Claire Jenkins (University of Leicester).

*please note that Amy Adrion will be participating via Skype and will not  be present in person.

Who is it for?

Audiences interested in the film industry, feminism and women directors.

About the film


Director: Amy Adrion
Certificate: 18 
(Please note that this rating is due to not currently having a BBFC rating and not to any explicit content within the film itself. Contains some bad language) 

Short summary: Half the Picture celebrates the ground-breaking work of female film directors and investigates the systemic discrimination that has, for decades, denied opportunities to far too many talented women in Hollywood.

Longer summary: Half the Picture consists of interviews with high profile women directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July, among many others, who discuss their early careers, how they transitioned to studio films or television, how they balance having a demanding directing career with family, as well as challenges and joys along the way.

Half the Picture also includes interviews with experts about gender inequality in Hollywood including the ACLU’s Melissa Goodman, Sundance Institute’s Caroline Libresco, Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan, USC’s Dr. Stacy Smith and San Diego State University’s Dr. Martha Lauzen, who establish the magnitude of this employment discrimination issue as women are shut out, across the board, of an industry that systemically denies their expression and point of view.


To book your place, please visit: https://www.phoenix.org.uk/programme/half-the-picture/

26 November 2019

Phoenix 4 Midland Street Leicester LE1 1TG