Women at the helm of more than half the films screening in Competition at SXSW 2019

Posted Tuesday 22 Jan 2019

Titles helmed and co-helmed by women account for 60% of the features screening in this year's South by Southwest Festival Competition categories. Seven of the 10 films in the Documentary Feature Competition are helmed or co-helmed by women, and of the 10 films in the Narrative Feature Competition, five are women-directed. All eight of the Global entries are directed by women. The least female-friendly categories are The Headliners (for the "big names"), where Olivia Wilde's directorial debut Booksmart is the sole woman-directed title, and the 24 Beats Per Second section, where the only feature with a woman at the helm is Julia Parnell's The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps.

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A still from The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps



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New UK guidelines for films depicting sexual violence

Posted Tuesday 22 Jan 2019

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published new guidelines which include a key change to the classification of films which include scenes of rape and other forms of sexual violence. The change means that no film that contains depictions of rape and strong sexual violence will be allowed a rating below 15. The guidelines also say depictions of sexual violence in 15-rated films must not be "detailed or prolonged". Little or no change is being made to guidelines around swearing or non-sexual violence.