Friday, July 24, 2015

The Activist Complex Female Protagonist Whispers, in New Zealand

Pro Quote Regie at the Berlinale
The first part of this series delighted in the roar of the collective, global Activist Complex Female Protagonist who works to improve representation of women in front of and behind the camera. (It was a limited record because I can only access information in English and – sometimes – in French.)

The second celebrated a recent surge in this protagonist's work, in Australia.  

This post focuses on gender equity in New Zealand feature film funding. Like other European and British Commonwealth countries we have taxpayer-funded systems to support local screen production– feature filmmaking, short films, webseries, transmedia work and television. And like theirs, our hard data demonstrates that fewer producers apply for development and production funding of women-written and -directed features than for features that men write and direct. 

One suggestion for New Zealand is that among other taxpayer-funded systems we create a women's film fund, to provide an incentive for producers and support women writers and directors. This sent me back to similar funds in the past and to my own history with women-only initiatives. So, even more than usual – autoethnography has always been my methodology for this project – this is a personal post because I read and thought about what I researched in light of my own experiences, waaay back and over the last decade. 

We've got to get it right this time. –  70s feminist film activist, still working to achieve gender equity in film funding