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The Surprising Stats of British Cinema

8 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway looks at a new tool that explores the facts and figures of UK film…

This week the British Film Institute released a rather nice online tool that will surely keep you entertained for hours now the nights are drawing in. Or you could use it like I do to confirm all your prejudices about the film industry in the UK.

BFI Filmography combines more than a century (it goes back all the way to 1911) of cinema stats with some smart visualisations and surprising facts. It’s a nice way to see the changing faces of British film. For many of us the 90s don’t seem that far away, but when you realise that the most prolific actors in British film during that decade were Sadie Frost and Keith Allen – when did you last see either of them in a movie? – it seems like another era. Did they »

- Neil Calloway

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Newly Launched BFI Filmography Reveals Stark Gender Disparity in UK Film

20 September 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Jodie Whittaker, one of the BFI Filmography’s most prolific actresses, in “Adult Life Skills

Today the BFI introduced the BFI Filmography, a complete, living record of all the 10,000-and-counting UK films released since 1911. While the resource is, as the BFI describes, “a treasure trove of new information,” it is also a revealing account of the pronounced gender inequality present in UK movies, both on and offscreen.

Among other issues, the filmography is plagued with gender stereotypes. The BFI found that the four character types women are most likely to portray are prostitutes, housekeepers, nurses, and receptionists. Of course, that’s when women are onscreen at all. As the filmography shows, the past century hasn’t featured much change in opportunity for female actors: women comprised 31 percent of film casts in 1913 and, so far, represent 30 percent of the casts in 2017.

Overall, female actors tend to work less than their male counterparts. For example, the most prolific male actor working today is Michael Caine, who has made 70 films to date. The most prolific actress still working is Judi Dench, who has made 41 films.

As for women in behind-the-scenes roles, the BFI Filmography includes only 23 projects with a majority-female crew, which amounts to about one percent. Just seven percent of the films made since 2000 were made by a majority-female crew. As one would expect, the number of women working on film crews has increased over the past 100 years — but the rate of change is still frustratingly slow. Women accounted for three percent of film crews in 1913, and by the early 2000s that number had grown to 27 percent. Women comprise 34 percent of this year’s film crews.

Women helmed only 4.5 percent of the BFI filmography and, like their onscreen counterparts, female directors tend to work much less than men. With 13 movies, Muriel Box (“Rattle of a Simple Man,” “The Piper’s Tune”) is the filmography’s most prolific female director. Maurice Elvey (“The Suicide Club,” “Love in a Wood”) is the most prolific male director with 151 films. That’s right: Elvey made over 11 times as many films as Box.

Director of Photography is the crew role that features the largest gender gap. Women DoPs have shot just 1.3 percent of UK films. With eight films, Nina Kellgren (“Young Soul Rebels”) is the female DoP with the most work experience.

The gender disparity of the BFI Filmography is disheartening of course, but it could also be a springboard for reform in the UK film industry — and not just for women’s representation. The lack of racial diversity in UK movies is also startling: 59 percent of the last decade’s films featured no black actors. As the BFI stated: “Whilst the BFI Filmography launches with a detailed look at gender, it is the intention to continue to build on the data, to provide a greater understanding of representation on and off screen.” Here’s hoping that studios really consider the BFI Filmography and decide that the next 100 years of cinema will be a better, more inclusive place.

Some additional stats from the filmography are below, courtesy of the BFI. Go to the BFI Filmography website to look through the new resource and find out more.

Most prolific women actors of each decade 1960–2017


Marianne Stone — 62 films


Marianne Stone — 37 films


Liz Smith — 14 films


Sadie Frost — 10 films


Shirley Henderson — 18 films


Kate Dickie — 13 films

Jodie Whittaker — 12 films

Most prolific women actors (still working)

Judi Dench — 41 films

Maggie Smith — 40 films

Vanessa Redgrave — 40 films

Sylvia Syms — 38 films

Liz Fraser — 37 films

Joan Collins — 37 films

Honor Blackman — 36 films

Jane Carr — 34 films

Julie Walters — 34 films

Helen Mirren — 33 films

4 Characters women are Most likely to play (when name/gender is unspecified)

Prostitute — 94% cast as women

Housekeeper — 91% cast as women

Nurse — 88% cast as women

Receptionist — 80% cast as women

4 Characters women are Least likely to play (when name/gender is unspecified)

Police Inspector — 0% cast as women

Police Sergeant — 0% cast as women

Steward — 0% cast as women

Taxi Driver — 0% cast as women

Most prolific women directors

Muriel Box — 13 films

Christine Edzard — 7 films

Gurinder Chadha — 7 films

Sally Potter — 7 films

Wendy Toye — 6 films

Mira Nair — 6 films

Penny Woolcock — 5 films

Beeban Kidron — 5 films

Debbie Isitt — 5 films

Mary McGuckian — 5 films

Newly Launched BFI Filmography Reveals Stark Gender Disparity in UK Film was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Whoopi Goldberg Reunites Sister Act Cast for 25th Anniversary Performance

14 September 2017 6:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, and composer Marc Shaiman had a Sister Act reunion on The View in honor of the hit movie's 25th anniversary. Goldberg hosted the 25th anniversary reunion interview as well as a performance of "I Will Follow Him" for the ecstatic studio audience. As it turns out, much of the cast has kept in sporadic contact over the years and through the interview today, we learned a whole lot about the behind-the-scenes fun that the cast had making the movie.

"I Will Follow Him" is featured as the finale hit song in the 1992 movie, which starred Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, a lounge singer who goes into hiding at a convent after witnessing her mobster boyfriend kill a man. The Academy Award winning actress stepped out onto the stage of The View to lead co-stars Wendy Makkena (Mary Robert), Kathy Najimy (Mary Patrick), Sherri Izzard, »

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Watch: Whoopi Goldberg and Sister Act Cast Get Back in the Habit for 25th Anniversary Performance

14 September 2017 1:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Oh Happy Day!

Whoopi Goldberg and cast members from the 1992 film Sister Act reunited Thursday on The View for a joyful (joyful) performance of “I Will Follow Him” in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary.

Joining the 61-year-old Oscar winner — who played Deloris Van Cartier, the lounge singer forced to go into hiding in a convent after witnessing a murder — in the celebratory tune were cast members Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Sherri Izzard, Darlene Koldenhoven, Beth Fowler, Andrea Robinson and Prudence Holmes.

The film’s music supervisor, Marc Shaiman, sat in on the piano for actress Rose Perenti (Sister »

- Dave Quinn

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The View Hosts Sister Act Reunion: Watch Whoopi Get Back in the Habit

14 September 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Twenty-five years after Whoopi Goldberg first donned that iconic habit, the Sister Act star reunited with several of her castmates Thursday on The View.

VideosAisha Tyler’s Final Day on The Talk: Watch Her Emotional On-Air Goodbye

Kathy Najimy (aka Sister Mary Patrick) and Wendy Makkena (aka Sister Mary Robert) joined Goldberg — who scored a 1992 Golden Globe nomination for playing Deloris Van-Cartier — to reminisce about filming the iconic comedy. One particularly exceptional story involved Najimy and Makkena putting porn on their hotel room TV, then ordering room service. (Oh, did I mention they were still wearing their full nun costumes? »

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Plowright, Dench, Smith To Reflect In BBC’s ‘Nothing Like A Dame’; Fremantle Buys Oz’s Easy Tiger – Global Briefs

11 September 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

As part of a new series of arts programming, the BBC has set a one-off program of insights and revelations from Joan Plowright, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins. The four old friends will reflect on their lives and careers in BBC Two's Nothing Like A Dame, directed by Roger Michell, as they spend a weekend together at the retreat once shared by Plowright and Laurence Olivier. The channel will also celebrate the world of Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary… »

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Judi Dench and Maggie Smith to reflect on lives in new BBC arts output

10 September 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Two actors will spend a weekend retreat together with fellow dames Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright for new programme

Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright will reflect on their lives and careers in a new programme for BBC2.

The old friends will spend a weekend together reminiscing at a retreat once shared by Plowright and Laurence Olivier for a one-off programme directed by the Notting Hill filmmaker Roger Mitchell.

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'The Children Act': Film Review | Tiff 2017

9 September 2017 1:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It’s no secret that women in film have a much harder time than men finding rich, complex roles as they age. This was true throughout the history of Hollywood, and the situation is only mildly better today, which explains why award-winning actresses like Jessica Lange or Sally Field turn to television or theater to find stimulating opportunities. The situation may be a little different in England; the Brits revere their grande dames like Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Emma Thompson of course is considerably younger than Dame Maggie and Dame Judi, but even she hasn’t had a rich array of »

- Stephen Farber

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Emmy Review: Drama Supporting Actress

23 August 2017 11:31 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We've been reviewing various Emmy categories as the Academy completes their voting (ballots due Monday). Here's Spencer Coile...

It is an exciting change of pace to see the Drama categories actually become competitive this year. No race demonstrates this better than the Drama Supporting Actress category. After last year's batch of mostly Game of Thrones ladies (with Maggie Smith still sleepwalking her way to another victory), the six ladies this year feel fresh, new, and all worthy of discussion. Uzo Aduba is the only returning nominee (after missing the year before), so all six of the contenders in this category feel viable for the statue. Only one can be victorious »

- Spencer Coile

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Emmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series?

18 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Now that the Dowager Countess has retired, the Emmys race for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series is looking very modern indeed.

With all of last year’s nominees either ineligible — Dame Maggie Smith won for Downton Abbey‘s final season — or not making the cut, five of this year’s six contenders come from freshman series. The lone veteran in the field is Uzo Aduba, who’s already won a pair of Emmys for playing inmate Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Netflix’s prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black.

RelatedEmmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? »

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1963 Convo Pt 1: Liz-Mania and "Tom Jones"

15 August 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel welcomes guests Teo Bugbee, Keiran Scarlett, Séan McGovern, and Brian Mullin. We just wrote about the Supporting Actress nominated performances of 1963 but now it's time to zoom out on the films themselves and the year in question.  

Smackdown '63 Companion Podcast Part 1

(42 minutes)

In which the panel plays "tag yourself" within Best Picture winner Tom Jones while discussing Tony Richardson's cinematic eccentricities in the early '60s, the movie's politics and preference for anarchy and the Academy mindset given the political tragedies of the year. We also discuss Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton mania (Cleopatra + The VIPs). With brief asides to: Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Benny Hill, that awkward supporting actress presentation at the Oscars, and more.

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you?  »


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Smackdown 1963: Three from "Tom Jones" and Two Dames

14 August 2017 4:10 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '63. Well well, what have we here? This year's statistical uniqueness (the only time one film ever produced three supporting actress nominees) and the character lineup reads juicier than it actually is - your Fab Five are, get this: a saucy wench, a pious auntie, a disgraced lady, a pillpopping royal, and a stubborn nun.

The Nominees 

from left to right: Cilento, Evans, Redman, Rutherford, Skalia

In 1963 Oscar voters went for an all-first-timers nominee list in Supporting Actress. The eldest contenders would soon become Dames (Margaret Rutherford and Edith Evans were both OBEs at the time). Rutherford, the eventual winner, was the only nominee with an extensive film history and she was in the middle of a hot streak with her signature role as Jane Marple which ran across multiple films from through 1961-1965. In fact, Agatha Christie had just dedicated her new book "The »


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Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson Are Dying to Work with….Maggie Smith?

11 August 2017 1:49 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Maggie Smith needs to look no farther for her next leading man — or men, rather.

Turns out The Hitman’s Bodyguard costars Ryan Reynolds, 40, and Samuel L. Jackson, 68, are both huge fans of Downton Abbey‘s family matriarch.

“I still want to do a scene with Maggie Smith,” Jackson tells People when asked which actor he would like to work with. “Maggie’s one of my favorite people. We hang out or go to dinner.”

Reynolds says he too loves watching the Dowager Countess in action.

“I love that Maggie’s face can turn one word into a 68-syllable thing: »

- Mia McNiece

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‘Drop the Mic': James Corden Reveals Dream Rap Battle – and It’s Judi Dench Vs Maggie Smith

27 July 2017 11:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James Corden and Jensen Karp, executive producers on TBS’s “Drop the Mic,” shared their dream rap battle: Judi Dench vs. Maggie Smith. The new TBS series, yet another musical spin-off of one of Corden’s “Late Late Show” bits, pits celebrities against one another in no-holds-barred rap battles in front of a live studio audience and hosts Method Man and Haley Baldwin. The stars team up with the show’s writers and rappers to pen their verses, and the executive producers revealed who they’d most like to write for at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Diana Rigg: TV’s Sexiest Woman to Mrs. James Bond to ‘Game of Thrones’

14 July 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On July 16, “Game of Thrones,” the medieval fantasy for people who don’t normally like medieval fantasies, begins its seventh season on HBO. The battle scenes and the dragons are epic, but the series’ success is mostly due to the vivid characters created by George R.R. Martin and the actors.

Especially notable are the powerful women played by Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey — and Diana Rigg.

Rigg, whose birthday arrives a few days after the season premiere — she was born July 20, 1938 — plays Olenna Tyrell, aka the Queen of Thorns. To younger audiences, Rigg is best known for “Thrones,” her role as Mrs. James Bond, and a “Dr. Who” episode. But others remember the TV show that shot her to stardom: “The Avengers” (the real “Avengers,” long before the Marvel team), which was a tongue-in-cheek British spy actioner.

For two seasons, 1965-67, Rigg played Emma Peel, who often wore skin-tight catsuits as she outwitted and outfought evil masterminds. Emma »

- Tim Gray

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Emmys: No ‘Game of Thrones’ Means New Drama Champs Will Be Crowned

13 July 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There was an interesting byproduct of series like “Game of Thrones” and “Orphan Black” sitting out this year’s Emmy race, and others like “Mr. Robot” stumbling with voters this time around: all seven major drama competitions are without a defending champ.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which nearly over-shadowed the Thursday morning nominations announcement with a lavish season seven premiere at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall Wednesday night, took the drama series crown last year. This year, with all that chain mail on the sidelines, the race will be between “Better Call Saul,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “House of Cards,” “Stranger Things,” “This is Us” and “Westworld.”

Last year’s lead actor winner, meanwhile, was “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek. He was passed over this time, leaving Sterling K. Brown (“This is Us”), Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) and »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Emmys 2017: Complete List of Nominations

13 July 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Nominations were announced on Thursday morning for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, to be held Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

CBS will broadcast the ceremony live, with The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert serving as host.

TVLine is detailing the major nominees below, as they are announced/reported. Your job, as opinionated consumers of TV, is to storm the Comments section with gushes of glee… or eruptions of righteous outrage! (Reminder: Orphan BlackGame of Thrones and Twin Peaks were Not eligible this year, while last summer’s Orange Is the New Black Season 4 Was.)

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Ian McKellen and Maggie Smith are Living Their Best Lives at Wimbledon

12 July 2017 4:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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Watch out, Patrick Stewart. Ian McKellen might have a new celebrity Bff.

McKellen was spotted chilling with Maggie Smith at Wimbledon on Wednesday, watching the gentlemen’s singles quarter final match between Andy Murray and Sam Querrey.

The on-court action was fine, but the real drama happened in the royal box, where photographers captured Smith and McKellen in a full range of facial expressions — including elation, fear, disappointment, outrage, and surprise. The resulting photos are a master class in emotion from two of Britain’s most esteemed national treasures.

Funnily enough, McKellen has »

- Devan Coggan

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Editors debate Drama Supporting Actress bloodbath: With so many open slots, ‘The field is clean’ [Watch]

29 June 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“The field is clean,” declares Gold Derby editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery about this year’s Emmy race for Best Drama Supporting Actress. With reigning champ Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) and Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”) all ineligible, that means we could see a bloodbath in this […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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Hollywood Studios' First Gay Romantic Drama Back on the Big Screen

24 June 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a »

- Andre Soares

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