F For Feminism, F For The F-Rating | Film News
Remember back before Blockbuster went, well, bust, one might find a set of parents or two wandering around the aisles and flipping around DVD cases to confirm a G or PG rating before allowing their kids to rent a film. Well, it’s time for a new era of ratings! IMDb has officially adopted the F-rating system for films!
Okay, so the F-rating isn’t exactly part of the same breed as G or PG. Unlike other ratings, which usually entail warnings for parental guidance administered when watching films, the new system focuses on highlighting the role of women in movies.
“The F-rating is intended to make people talk about the representation of women on and off screen,” said Holly Tarquini, Bath Film Festival director and creator of the system.
“It’s exciting when new organizations decide to join us in shining a light both on the brilliant work women are doing in film and on how far the film industry lags behind most other industries, when it comes to providing equal opportunities to women”.
“But our real goal is to reach the stage when the F-rating is redundant because 50 percent of the stories we see on the screen are told by and about film’s unfairly underrepresented half of the population – women”.
The F-rating first came to be back in 2014 and to this day, more than 40 movie theatres and festivals in the UK have adopted the system. IMDb is now hopping on board with the system and you can find 21,800 films under the F-rating tag on the site.
For a film to qualify for the rating, it must either be directed by, written by or feature “on screen in their own right”, a woman. Each qualification will score a tag, so films can earn up to three F-ratings. Frozen, American Honey and Bridget Jones’ Baby have already received the triple tag honor.
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