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Women vs Hollywood by Helen O'Hara

Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film

Helen O'Hara

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Imprint: Robinson
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781472144430

A call to arms from Empire magazine's 'geek queen', Helen O'Hara, that explores women's roles - both in front of and behind the camera - since the birth of Hollywood, how those roles are reflected within wider society and what we can do to level the playing field.

4 stars out of 5
Daisy Goodwin
31 Jan 2021

"Helen O’Hara’s fascinating polemic"

In 1917 Universal Studios released eight films with women credited as directors; 100 years later the same studio produced just one, Pitch Perfect 3. That is the surprising reality behind Helen O’Hara’s fascinating polemic, Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film.

Anybody who has watched the latest in the Wonder Woman franchise, “helmed” by a woman, Patty Jenkins, might assume that women were taking their rightful place in mainstream Hollywood just as Kamala Harris is doing in the White House. But as a new wave of feminist film historians and critics like O’Hara are revealing, this is no steady climb, but a U-shaped recovery.

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