Salon Talks: Women in Film


2017 was the year when the world finally acknowledged the brutal climate women in the film industry have endured for decades.

However, the year also that gave us memorable, female led hits featuring Lady Birds, Wonder Women and Girls Trips. And behind the camera, female directors including Patty Jenkins, Sofia Coppola and Greta Gerwig scored successes — and Ava Duvernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" is already one of the most anticipated films of 2018.

Connecting the dots between blockbusters like "Wonder Woman" and "Atomic Blonde" and smaller, critical hits like "The Beguiled" and "A Quiet Passion," writer, producer, publicist and artist Cynthia Parsons McDaniel told Mary Elizabeth Williams during a recent "Salon Talks" that we can expect a lot more of these "I think you're going to see a lot more films with women as action heroes, films where the woman is very repressed and has to bust out, and then you're going to see the women who've already busted out."

McDaniel also discussed the breakthrough success of movies like "Girls Trip," noting that "really conveyed the sense of camaraderie" of "all these comedic actresses clearly having a good time," while adding that it was a welcome relief in what often felt like an otherwise "pretty grim year on so many levels."

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