In celebration of International Women’s Day this month, we salute the exceptional women who have helped shape the film industry.
Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968)
Screenwriter, director, and producer
Lights, camera, action! When society dictated that she be in the kitchen, pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché became the first female behind a camera. She experimented with sound syncing, colour tinting and special effects. Guy-Blaché also created the first film with an all African-American cast, A Fool and His Money (1912).
Alice Guy-Blaché is the true mother of film.
Kathryn Bigelow (1951-present)
The first and only female Oscar winner for Best Director. Kathryn Bigelow took a massive step for women, making cinema history in 2010 with her film The Hurt Locker. Bigelow was also the first woman to win a Bafta and DGA.
Edith Head (1897-1981)
Edith Head holds the record for the female with the most Oscars, having eight under her belt. She makes history as Hollywood’s most famous costume designer. The films she won for include All About Eve, Sabrina, The Sting. Head also inspired the character Edna Mode in The Incredibles.
Jennifer Lawrence (1990-present)
Not afraid to voice her opinion. From highlighting gender pay inequality in Hollywood to her clever responses and goofiness in interviews, Jennifer Lawrence is paving the path for young actors.
Brit Marling (1983-present)
Actress, screenwriter, and producer
Brit Marling plays the lead in Netflix series, The OA, which she also co-wrote. Marling brings a woman’s perspective to a male-dominated Hollywood by writing and playing interesting women. She is our up-and-coming lady of film and one to watch.
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