The Gender Inequality and Screenwriters report studied 12 years of filmmaking in the UK and found that between 2005-2016 four out of every five UK movies were written mainly by male writers. If they broadened the criteria out to UK feature films with at least one female writer, the figure remained worryingly low. Less than a quarter of films made over the 12-year period had at least one female writer.
Creative England was highlighted as one of the UK public funders which has been most supportive of female-written feature films.
This follows the Directors UK commissioned study, “Cut Out Of The Picture – A study into Gender Inequality Amongst Directors within the UK Film Industry”, in 2016, which highlighted Creative England’s positive contribution to the sector with the following findings:
Following the report, Creative England supported the introduction of 50-50 gender parity for all public film funding by 2020, as called for by DirectorsUK.