Female characters scarce in 2018's top films, says study

Screen | 2/19/2019 | Staff
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North American audiences were almost twice as likely to see male characters as female characters in the top grossing films of 2018, according to the latest annual report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at California’s San Diego State University.

The report, It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: Portrayals of Female Characters in the Top Grossing Films of 2018, shows a drop in the percentage of female major characters last year but an increase in the percentage of female protagonists.

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Compiled by the Center’s executive director Dr Martha M Lauzen, the report is based on an analysis of more than 2,500 characters appearing in the 100 top domestic grossing films of 2018.

Only 35% of the films featured ten or more female characters in speaking roles and 82% had 10 or more male characters in speaking roles. Females comprised 35% of all speaking characters, up from 34% in 2017, and 36% of major characters, down...
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