Research task planning

Question: Why is there such a lack of women in major roles within the international film industry?

To what extent is the lack of women purely an issue of sexism?

To what extent have the conditions for women changed over the last few decades?

Is the independent industry more accessible for women than the mainstream industry?

Which roles within the film industry contain the least women? Why might this be?

Is it easier for British or American women to break into the industry?

Are the conditions for women within the film industry comparable to any other creative industries?

Is it easier for younger or more established women?

What are the effects of this lack on aspiring female filmmakers?

How does this lack affect the content of films?

Are there signs of improvement?

 What are the proposed solutions for this lack? 

Possible areas for secondary research:

– female on-screen representation in the industry

– parity in the UK film industry compared to the US film industry

– Bechdel test

– most prominent women within the industry + their backgrounds

Ideas for primary research

Interview with writer/director Andrea Arnold – Arnold is a powerful female voice within the UK independent film industry and is renowned for putting strong female characters at the lead of her films. She is also a family friend which makes organising an interview with her highly achievable.

Focus group with students aged 17-18, to see if they recognise the lack of female influence on the film industry and if they have any reasons for this lack. I already know of suitable people, some with strong feminist views, others with possible counter arguments, who I could use for the focus group. 

Data analysis of all the key information I gather from my secondary research to allow for easy digestion of the information which I can then cross-reference for my final report

How will you cross-reference your findings?
I plan to use a method of data collection that I have applied during other research projects in the past. This includes taking notes of the key information from each source, both secondary and primary, and then assigning each piece of a data with a category. So instead  of making my own categories, I will use the ones I discover from the sources. I can then go through each category in order to find segments of different sources discussing the same issue. This would provide me with an easy way of collecting data, as well as a possible structure for my report.

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