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Written by Jack Hopkins on 30th November 2017

How is it nearly December? It seems like it was yesterday when we were enjoying yet another rainy summer. Alas, it’s nearly Christmas time, (whether we like it or not) which means it’s nearly time for this year’s Women in Film and TV Awards - tomorrow to be exact.  

The WFTV was originally set up in 1989 by a small group of female creatives who wanted to level the playing field and create a platform for other female creatives to thrive from. The organisation exists as a network of members who attend and organise events to progress the status of women. The yearly awards ceremony is a celebration of the most talented women in UK film, TV and digital media. Past award winners include Dame Julie Walters, Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Maggie Smith amongst loads more amazing female creatives.

The work that The WFTV do is as important as ever, with The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film releasing some quite damming statistics. They have discovered that ‘in the top 250 films of 2016, 92% had no women directors and 77% had no women writers.’ In contrast, they also discovered that ‘females accounted for 42% of major characters on broadcast network, cable and streaming programs, showing an increase of 4 percent since in 2015-16.’

This year’s breakthrough film, Lady Bird, goes against the above trend. It currently has a ‘100% rating with 173 reviews compared to Toy Story 2‘s previous 100% record with 163 reviews.’ This places it at the top of the pile as Rotten Tomatoes’ most critically acclaimed film. The film is so significant in 2017 because it has female director in the form of Greta Gerwig and its central character is played by Saoirse Ronan. It will almost definitely be one of the pivotal films at next year’s Sundance Film Festival, having always displayed a balanced catalogue of films directed by and starring women.

GLOW is another great example of the tide of change that is sweeping the creative industries. It's a Netflix original which follows the life of a struggling actress who tries her hand at amateur wrestling. The lead character is played by Alison Brie and it is produced by an all-female team. It’s yet another really positive case study of the equality that The WFTV continue to strive for. 

We’re really looking forward to seeing who picks up an award tomorrow evening!

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