To celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th) the education charity Into Film has created an interactive Power Point Assembly for schools championing women and gender equality in the film industry. Using clips of Into Film young reporters interviewing female filmmakers on the red carpet such as actors Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway and Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) and director Amma Asante (Belle), the assembly aims to spark discussion and engage more young people with the current Hollywood #Askhermore campaign, in which stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Patricia Arquette are calling for people to ask female filmmakers about their work rather than their wardrobe:
“This is a movement to say we’re more than just our dresses… It’s exciting for me to get to talk to other nominees, to talk to other women about the work they’ve done.” 2015 American Academy Awards Nominee Reese Witherspoon
Activities for students include reflecting on why it’s important to ask women in depth questions and what questions they would ask if interviewing a female filmmaker. Highlighting statistics about women in film, the assembly from Into Film (a charity supported by the BFI with Lottery funding) also invites students to name a successful female director or screenwriter, looks at films made by female filmmakers from around the world, and provides information about different careers in and pathways into the industry.
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