Women in film: what does the data say?
We've published two new articles, with a series of data visualisations, which analyse the gender imbalance in UK film casts and film crews using a new Filmography from the British Film Institute (BFI).
We have undertaken a gender-focused analysis of this Filmography, which contains records on over 10,000 UK films, stretching back to 1911, and over 250,000 unique cast and crew members.
Key findings include:
- The gender mix in UK film casts has not improved since the end of the Second World War.
- In crews the gender mix has improved, but in some departments women still make up less than 10 per cent of senior roles.
- Female actors have tended to make fewer films and have had shorter careers than male actors.
- Unnamed characters who work in high-skilled occupations (e.g. doctor) are much more likely to be portrayed by men than women.
- Films that have one woman in a senior writing or directing role contain relatively more women in their casts.