Plenty of women in Hollywood express frustration over lack of representation in their field. Meryl Streep is actually doing something about it.
“The lack of film roles for women over 40 was the topic of much discussion earlier this year when actor Russell Crowe brushed aside the notion that roles dry up for actresses of a certain age. He pinned the problem on women being unwilling to act their age on film and used Meryl Streep as a vaulted example for actresses everywhere. When asked about Crowe’s comments, Streep seemed on board, saying, “I agree with him. It’s good to live within the place that you are.”
But, apparently Streep acknowledges that more could be done for older women in Hollywood because the actress has used her own money to help fund a screenwriting lab for women writers over 40, to be run by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers. This support for her fellow women should come as no surprise given recent Streep events like that enthusiastic response to Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech or her role as women’s-voting-rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the upcoming film Suffragette.
So how will a Streep-funded screenwriting lab for women over 40 combat ageism and sexism in Hollywood? Well, the prevailing school of thought is that improvements for underrepresented groups on camera (women over 40 being just one of many such groups) will only truly change when Hollywood shifts away from the straight, white-male-dominated scene behind the camera. According to a recent study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, the percentage of women behind the camera is actually declining. Women only represent 7 percent of directors, 11 percent of the writers, and 18 percent of the editors on the biggest moneymaking films over the past 17 years.
This new Streep-funded Writers Lab aims to give that 11 percent writing number a healthy bump and the program has drafted a few established talents in mentorship roles including writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights), producer Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood), and writers Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde) and Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On).
Presumably, the Writers Lab participants won’t be restricted to writing female-focused scripts. But it is worth noting how a female perspective can not only potentially offer up more roles for women over 40, but also change the established rules for what a woman-over-40 role looks like on film. Streep may have agreed with Crowe that “it’s good to live within the place that you are,” but at 65 years old, she’s constantly pushing the boundaries of what that “place” is.
This year the Streep-funded Writers Lab will accept submissions May 1–June 1, with eight winning writers named August 1. That’s just in time for winners to celebrate with a screening of Ricki and the Flash which opens on August 7. Get your writing and shredding fingers ready.”
Aoi Shouta LIVE 2016 WONDER lab. ~ Bokutachi no sign ~ 2016/03/13 Report
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I compared this a lot with 5th Stage as that’s the only other Japanese Live I’ve been to. I’m just going to put the whole report in this one post! As always, it’s personal and long! I just have a lot of feelings, maybe a bit too much…
**Edit: SUPER personal, SUPER long.
If you don’t want to read this then you can just skip to the Live part below~ Please try your best to read the whole of the Live part though. I want everyone to experience the same thing as I did after all.
So it’s only the one day for the goods sale which is on the same day as the live. After what happened with 5th Stage sales I decided I’ll go early.
This is the second live I’ve been to in Japan, so never been to Budokan before, it’s pretty impressive with the traditional gate and building. Never took photos of the outside building ^^;
I was meant to be going by myself, but @jeanette-ting managed to win a ticket last minute and contacted me. Thanks for getting in touch! ^^
So by the time we got there, as expected there was a lot of people already queued up, we had to walk pretty far to get to the end, but at least we can tell how far we were from the start. You couldn’t tell with 5th Stage as everyone was all packed together and you had to go downstairs too.
For some reason they were selling the gacchas separately from the other goods?? But I thought, queue up for the goods first as they are the most important then head for gacchas.
I thought the line won’t start moving until 10am, but we did move gradually which was good!
Even though I was prepared and wore more clothes it was still so cold >< Girl behind me “Ah, Shoutan da, ‘Ohayou…’” SHOUTAN TWEETED?!? *checks twitter* (pretty much my reaction each time) Ahhh, he’s such a sweet heart telling us to be careful and not catch a cold (/ _ ; ) thank you~
I noticed there was quite a lot of guys here, more than there was for Utapri. The number of females still outnumbered the guys of course though.
Moved quite a lot and going round the building, this was behind us. Maybe about 10am here
Thank god we came early!!
We heard a few of Shoutan’s songs playing!! Very quiet though. They seem to reaally liked TRUE HEARTS and played it a lot XD
NO WEAK ⇔ YES WEEK!! And it stopped after a few moments… Nande?! 😒
Selling gacchas there in the left shelter, middle was to buy Zessei STARGATE and pre-order S, right one was for joining his fanclub (LET ME JOIN).
Yes finally! The order list!!! The quality of the paper was really bad? 5th Stage had really nice paper LOL
Things I ordered. (I realised they never gave me the paper back, glad I took a photo for the memory XD)
I actually already decided to buy at least one of each thing even before they announced the line up. Why? Because it’s Shoutan 😎 the only thing I didn’t get was the black wrist band as I liked the white more.
I was always the odd one out, even being a small child I stuck out like a sore thumb. Maybe it was the fact that I was too smart for anyone my age. Or maybe it was due to the fact I had my face buried in a book any waking moment.
But now I was working for a top secret lab, for prince T’Challa. No one knew of the lab but a very few. It might have been to the winter solider that was frozen in time.
Every moment was put into research. Me and mine small team was in charge of figuring out how to get the brainwash of hydra out of James’s head. Along with that we had to keep an eye on him as he was frozen. Keeping someone frozen and alive wasn’t easily.
When people are just dumb ;,; Day 48 (???) Monday. Notes in chem and a “lab” (not really). Got Le petit prince projects today, we’ll work on them tomorrow. Small ensembles in band. Got nothing done. :/ Sub in English, sat with Amy. Got photo shoot set up with Molly at lunch. More in calc on differential equations. Another century video in history. Tutoring. Got a 7 on my synthesis paper so that was nice. Played oboe for an hour and a half and dropped off my flash drive. Hope Weller got it alright. Made pizza for dinner. I miss reading.
Shania looked around as the scientists left the lab room. She and a child were both chained down to tables. They had talked about switching something or cutting them both open. Whatever it was she wasn’t gonna wait for it to happen. “Hey kid you alright ?"She asked looking over at the child.