The Original Six: The Story of Hollywood’s Forgotten Feminist Crusaders

There are women who have been fighting for the chance to direct films for decades, often at great personal and professional risk. Which is why the story of the Original Six, and their bold public fight against the studio system in the 1980s, hit me in the gut. These were women who walked into boardrooms full of men and explained how deeply unfair the hiring situation was for female directors, and then pressed for legal action when the studios wouldn’t listen. Because of these six women — Susan Bay Nimoy, Nell Cox, Joelle Dobrow, Dolores Ferraro, Victoria Hochberg, and Lynne Littman — and the landmark research they pursued as part of the original WSC in 1979, the DGA (not typically a radical organization) had sufficient evidence of gender discrimination to sue Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures in 1983. The lawsuit was dismissed — more on that later — but because of this very public legal action, along with continued pressure from the DGA, the number of women directors working in the industry started, slowly, to rise. 

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Halloween (1978) dir. John Carpenter

I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.

i cannot believe the article about marvel doing the right thing in essentially discarding female representation for ten years and the claim that dc doing Wonder Woman first is only to compete with their domineering stance on the movie front. just no. marvel definitely fucked up and they should be told. all of this only highlights to me the way the media tug on marvels dick for any form of content no matter the quality and dismiss what dc does as just a failure before it’s even been made. the article even had the audacity to say that wonder woman wont mean anything if it isn’t well reviewed??? i mean it’s almost a given when you look at dcs track record, no matter what they do it’s always overshadowed by marvel who ‘did it better’ or even 'the right way’.

let me take a direct quote from the article to highlight exactly what i have been talking about

'Feige wasn’t making female representation in the world’s most popular franchise a priority. But as frustrating as Feige’s comments may have been, it’s much easier now to admire the chess game Marvel has been playing.’

and one concerning dc

'Though they fared fine at the box office, those DC films were lambasted by critics, forcing the studio to soldier on in the shadow of a damaged brand. And if Marvel hadn’t already learned to take it slow and steady with directorial selection after losing first Patty Jenkins on Thor 2 and, more publicly, Edgar Wright on Ant-Man, then Warner can, again, serve as a reminder. Thor 2 and Ant-Man were, at least, lower-stakes projects. Warner Bros. lost director Michelle MacLaren from Wonder Woman and Seth Grahame-Smith from The Flash, two big movies the studio absolutely has to land in order to keep any momentum on The Justice League franchise. Hopes are high, yet easily shaken when it comes to Wonder Woman which is now in the hands of Patty Jenkins. But if that movie fails to land with audiences, Warner Bros. won’t get any extra credit for bringing fans a female-led superhero film first.’

the article also continually goes on about marvel using a 'take it slow’ attitude concerning female representation. i mean is that what you want from one of the worlds most popular brands?

i mean if that doesn’t say exactly what’s going on in the media concerning both companies rn then idk if you can be convinced otherwise.

as a sidenote they also talked shit about fox and sonys attempts at making comic book movies so i mean

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You know what I’m proud of? Well, not “proud of,” but “grateful for,” is when people come up to me and tell me it helped them receive acceptance for being gay. I think, for a lot of them, it was their first taste of acceptance. And that, I’m grateful for. It’s always gratifying to hear that something you’ve worked on has touched somebody that deeply and that fundamentally. I think all artists dream of making an impact in somebody’s life. Sometimes the movie comes out and it might only touch one person in the universe that powerfully, but that’s our goal, as artists: we’re doing it on stage, on film, as writers — whatever. We’re trying to reach people to show the humanity, somehow, between all of us.

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