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The Wrong Kind of Woman: Inside Our Revolution To Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood

Beacon. Feb. 2020. 265p. ISBN 9780807033456. $26.95. FILM
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Long denied equal opportunities as filmmakers, directors, producers, writers, actors, and cinematographers, women in Hollywood have also endured abuse by those in power. In this carefully researched book, Jones discusses the roadblocks she encountered as an independent film producer, screenwriter, and actor, and interviews other women with similar experiences. She offers data and informative commentary on the disproportionately low number of women in defining positions within the industry and explores the cultural impact of women’s objectification both on screen and off. But despite the grim realities, Jones foresees a brighter future. Her own filmmaking ventures are just one example of the increasing numbers of women outside the mainstream studios who are organizing talented creative teams and financial and distribution strategies. Extensive resources (graphs, tables, lists, and notes) add context.
VERDICT An intriguing read about how influence works in the film industry, for people in it; also relevant for the way it spun conversations around #MeToo.

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