The lack of female directors on TV is scary, but the lack of female directors in Hollywood is even scarier, like Jaws versus Apocalypse Now. Actor and director Jodie Foster has addressed this issue recently at Cannes, putting the lack of gender diversity down to fear rather than ignorance.
“I’ve seen drastic changes,” she said “When I was younger, I only saw women as the script supervisor, makeup person or as fellow actors. I saw faces change as time went on. When I was young, there were a lot of men on movie sets ambling around these towns, getting into trouble and unhappy. Everything changed when women got onto movie sets. Suddenly it felt more like a family – and movie sets became healthier.”
“I think studio executives are scared, period, I think this is the most risk-averse period in movie history. Now so many things have changed in terms of the economy, the structure of studios.”