Last month, I published a report into what percentage of crews on the top US grossing films of the past 20 years are women. I found that, on average, women made up only 23% of a typical film crew and in some jobs such as cinematography and composing, it was around 2%.
The results were reported widely and sparked a healthy debate about the causes and what, if anything, should be done. One consequence was that I was asked by a number of people what the situation is in the UK.
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The UK results in summary
I studied 2,336 UK films to assess the gender of their crews. In summary…
- Between 2009-13, women made up 26.2% of crew members on British films.
- This compares favourably with top US films over the same period (22.2%)
- Of all the departments, the Transportation department is the most male, with only 7.7% women.
- The only departments to have a majority of women are Make-up, Casting, Costume and Production.
- Visual Effects is the largest department on most major movies and yet only has 16.5% women.
- 6.4% of composers on UK films were women.
- 14% of UK films had a female director, compared with 3% of top US films.
- The percentage of women on British films has barely changed in the past five years.
On average, women make up 26% of crews on UK films
The only departments which have a majority of women are make-up, Costume / Wardrobe, Casting and Production.
Arguably, the roles which have the largest impact on the final story are writers, producers and directors. Therefore, the fact that women only account for 15%, 27% and 14% respectively must have an effect on the representation of female issues and viewpoints on-screen. You can see my research into whether audiences care about the gender of the key creative roles here stephenfollows.com/do-women-prefer-films-made-by-female-filmmakers