The Number Of Female Directors In Hollywood Is On The Decline

Despite the debate on diversity...

Despite the ongoing debates about diversity and the fight for gender equality in Hollywood, the number of female directors has fallen from last year.

In 2016, women comprised of just 7% of directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases, a decline of 2% in 2015, according to the annual report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

It was also found that the number was below the figure of women directors in 1998.

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Executive director of the center Martha Lauzen lamented to Variety: "I would say I'm dumbfounded.

"It is remarkable that with all of the attention and talk over the last couple of years in the business and the film industry, the numbers actually declined. Clearly the current remedies aren't working."

The study revealed that women faired equally as badly behind the scenes, with 35% of films having no female producers, executive producers, cinematographers or editors.

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Genre-wise, women were most likely to be employed for documentaries and dramas, and least likely for action and horror films.

Films directed by women last year included Jodie Foster's Money Monster, Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe, Andrea Arnold's Honey, and Ava DuVernay's documentary The 13th. 2015 saw Sam Taylor-Wood's Fifty Shades of Grey and Elizabeth Banks's Pitch Perfect 2 becoming two of the year's biggest hits.

But it's not all doom and gloom: 2017 will offer more diversity behind the camera with Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, Pitch Perfect 3 from Trish Sie and Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman.