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24 Frames: The 'Women On Screen' Edition

Last week saw the release of White House Down starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum. A slight and silly movie framed around the traditional action cinema base that centres upon macho men, doing macho things like, well saving the president from impending doom! While the film has garnered unfavourable reviews and perhaps is a victim of the rash of conservative hatred towards it from certain outlets, the thing that shone out from the box office last week for me was the fact that the movie was beaten at the box office by The Heat (as well as the kids movie Monsters University). Now there is one crucial element that I hope is indignant of a change in cinema, a change that has been rising for some time.

While White House Down is led by two male protagonists, it has been beaten at the box office by a buddy cop movie starring two female leads in Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Also this month will see the release of The Bling Ring a 'true story' about women stealing from Hollywood stars to make a quick buck directed by Sofia Coppola. This month has also seen the release of The East which is co-scripted by and produced by Brit Marling following her stunning work on Another Earth in 2011. Marling also stars in the movie and is fast becoming a stunning screen presence and writer.

Why have these developments brought a cheer to my face? These small steps are continuing a trend in which women can be as prevalent at the box office as men.

It was about six years ago when an unnamed studio executive claimed explicitly that "women don't sell movies." I remember reading the headline and being dismayed as this represented a step back for the industry. In the years since I have been heartened by the rise in the amount of movies that are explicitly sold by women. Angelina Jolie had box office receipts ringing in 2010 with the silly but fun thriller Salt, and then the following year we had Bridesmaids; the funny and heartening comedy which was helmed by a female cast.

Jennifer Lawrence is the only reason The Hunger Games trilogy will transcend its subdued trilogy of books and Katheryn Bigelow's directing career continues to go from strength to strength. While I do not have a gender bias myself I do believe that any arena, whether in work sport acting or politics, both genders have an equal impact on our lives and our culture. When I think of the amount of acting talent in film I would cite Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Gemma Arterton, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska and Jennifer Lawrence amongst many others as being the crème of female talent around. These women deserve a platform in which to let their talent come to the fore as well as the sterling work they do as part of ensemble pieces. I would hope that the comments of the aforementioned Hollywood executive is the talk of scattered laughs around restaurants and coffee shops worldwide in a few years; when it is even more explicitly obvious that women do sell movies from in front of and behind the camera following the work of the likes of Emma Thomas and Kathleen Kennedy in years gone by.

To make a complex point to conclude with then... (cue drumroll!) as a writer myself I understand the different emotional and aesthetic tropes that an audience naturally has when approaching men and women (we do this in our personal lives too) as it's human nature, but I also know that a female brings as much to the story as a man does, and the future for women in film is hopefully looking bright. Brighter than our good old executive thought anyway.