I am working on a long-term research project looking at gender among documentarians. Previously, I’ve studied the gender split among directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, composers and sales professionals – but always focusing on fictional feature films.
As I branch out to study factual films, I wanted to do a couple of micro-research projects to learn just how similar the worlds of factual and fictional filmmaking are.
First up: do documentary directors also direct fictional films? And vice versa?
I started by building a database of all feature films made around the world in the past two decades (1999-2018 inclusive), both factual and fiction. See the Note section at the end of this piece for more details.How many people have directed a feature film?