Gender & Series #2


This word translates one of our society's hottest topics, and a key element of the audiovisual landscape.

Between clichés, stereotypes and dicrimination, some series sometimes fall under tropisms.

At Canneseries, we would like to try and understand the dynamics at work by relaying each week a series of articles, studies and key data decoding the subject.

Behind or in front of the camera, how are stories told, and produced, as well as the gendered identities they identifiy with?


Did you know?


On January 6th, a social media campaign was launched to support female directors, left out of the Golden Globes nominations, and to urge the Oscars' voting members to take their work in consideration. 


But the name of the movement in itself is rooted deeper in History than one would think. In a letter written in March 31st 1776, Abigail Adams urged her husband John Adams to take the female perspective into consideration when establishing the laws of post-independance America.

Because Abigail's demand is still as vivid and meaningful today as it was over 200 years ago, we decided to share an extract of her letter, which might as well have been taken from the script of the second season of The Handmaid's Tale...

“In the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”




What is the "Celluloid Ceiling", the cinematic equivalent of the glass ceiling limiting women profesional evolution? In a study dedidacted to female employment behing the scenes in over 500 movies released in the US in 2018, Martha M.Lauzen establishes how little progress the industry has made and how parity is still rather illusory.


In 2018, women comprised


of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. 

 Last year, only 1% of films employed 10 or more women in the above roles.  In contrast, 74% of films employed 10 or more men. 

Women accounted for 8% of directors, down 3 percentage points from 11% in 2017.  This is 1 percentage point below the 9% achieved in 1998


Source/ The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind the Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films of 2018 by Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D.




Wish list?

Which festivals signed the Gender Parity Pledge?

Venice just joined the ranks. Les Arcs, Toronto, Cannes, La Rochelle, San Sebastian, and numerous others:festivals worldwide, key actors in the international entertainment landsape, pledged to respect the charter established by 5050x2020.


3 criteria

1. Compile statistics of gender and race of the directors of all the films submitted to selection, and when applicable, to also compile all members of the cast and crew mentioned in the registration process of the film.

2. Make public the gender and race of all the members of selection committees and programmers as well as all programming consultants.

3. Make public the gender and race of executive boards and/or boards of directors and to commit to a schedule to achieve parity in these bodies.





How YOU doin'

The Drama series YOU brought back former Gossip Girl's cast member Penn Badgley to the screen; only this time we're far from the meddling snitch stirring up the lives of Upper East Side's brats, Dan Humphrey has gone full sicko mode.

Beyond the underlying denunciation of a generation obsessed with digital exhibition, the show is a good example of how biased love can result in the total abnegation of the target of one's feelings. The new Netflix phenomenon deals with the questionable position of a charming prince going at lenghts to rescue a damzel he considers to be in distress without her consent. A gruesome and modern blue-beard that journalist Todd VanderWerff analizes through the prism of the #MeToo movement.



The portrait of Dorian's ways

Galeca, gathering journalists and Entertainment critics from the LGBT community held the Dorian Awards.  The show Pose won Best TV Drama and actress Sandra Oh won Best Actress for her role in the TV series Killing Eve