Simply eight days into the New Year, Meryl Streep took the stage at the Golden World Awards and began 2017 off with a defiant bang.While accepting
a lifetime achievement award, Streep, in a six-minute speech, provided a blistering criticism of then President-elect Donald Trump– without night mentioning his name– that would dominate the news cycle in the following days and prompt a reaction from Trump himself.
“When the powerful use their position to bully others, all of us lose,” she said.More than she or anybody else could have known at the time, those words would appear strangely prescient by the end of the year.Led by the
bravery of the so-called “Silence Breakers,” the home entertainment industry stands in a brand-new era– one where women feel empowered to share their stories of unwanted sexual advances and attack, some after lots of years of believing they were alone with their experiences.It might be called fitting that this numeration is happening when storytelling about and by females is not just of higher quality than ever, however is also being taken in and valued more than before.From a bulletproof warrior, to a cunning handmaid, to a group of ladies who brought friendship and chuckles to the cinema, 2017 has been a historical year for female characters and developers– a year that lots of hope is the start of more to come.
‘Specific niche’ say goodbye to
Since coming out of film school in 2010, Tracy Oliver knew the kind of stories she wished to tell.She had been long motivated by the storytelling of Nora Ephron and the characters brought to life in movies starring Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock. ” I never ever saw females of color in them, “she told CNN.Oliver set out to change that.” Women Journey “debuted
in July. The funny is about a group of females who revive their friendship throughout a wild and mentally loaded trip to New Orleans. It stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and breakout star Tiffany Haddish.Oliver, who co-wrote the script with”Black-ish”creator Kenya Barris, hoped “Girls Journey”would prove that a movie starring ladies of color could record the exact same spirit as the films she grew up loving, and interest a mass audience regardless of being labeled by some as “specific niche. “The movie has actually made over$115 million at the United States box office to date, domestically out-grossing comedies like “Baywatch,””
Daddy’s Home 2,””Bad Mom’s Christmas” and “Rough Night. “”People were able to look beyond color and whatever cultural distinctions that separate us and distill it down to its core, which is a love story between women,”she stated.” Girls Journey”was not the only female-led film to obtain audiences to theaters in droves this year. “Beauty and the Monster, “starring Emma Watson, was the greatest earning film of 2017, making nearly $1.3 billion worldwide.With a gross of $821.8 million worldwide,” Wonder Woman,”from director Patty Jenkins. Made a record-setting $103.1 million throughout its opening weekend. It is the biggest opening ever for a female director.For Jenkins, the primary shock
about any of her achievements is that it they are accomplishments at all. “I believed I remained in the middle of a story,”she informed CNN recently, describing the “extraordinary”female filmmakers who
have actually come before her.”I didn’t believe I remained in any early place in line.” For Elizabeth Hannah, co-writer of the award
season frontrunner “The Post,”the underlying message in all these successes is how banking on female writers and stories is just excellent service. “What I’ve seen this year, what we have actually all
seen this year, is these films generate income,”Hannah told CNN. “A great deal of individuals I know went to go see’Woman Bird.’ A lot of people I know went to go see’I, Tonya.’Individuals are visiting these movies, and I think it’s
about busting through this preconceived concept. ” A year of firsts All told, it was a huge year for firsts across tv and film.Joi McMillon was the very first black female to earn an Oscar election in film editing for her operate in” Moonlight.”With her finest supporting actress win at the Academy Awards, Viola Davis became very first black starlet to win an Emmy, Oscar and
Tony.Lena Waithe became first black lady to win a funny composing Emmy for her much-hailed episode of” Master of None. “Julia Louis-Dreyfus made her 6th straight win for “Veep,”
and in the process ended up being the record holder for the most Emmys won for the very same role in the same series.Also in television: The leading honors in all 3 general classifications at the Emmys– limited series, drama and comedy– went to the female-led series”Huge Little Lies, “”
Handmaid’s Tale”and, for the 3rd time in a row,” Veep.”Even the titular Medical professional on” Medical professional Who “will quickly lose a”Y “chromosome throughout the character’s next regrowth. Jodie Whittaker will become the very first female to lead the renowned series in 2018. In a year that has seen fantastic successes for ladies in home entertainment, Hannah, the co-writer of”The Post,” said she’s feeling positive about exactly what will come next.”I think all of it starts with individuals behind the scenes and the more women we can have in functions of authority and roles of ownership, the more you will see female voices out on the planet,
“she said.Oliver hopes those voices come from all walks of life. If her motion picture”Girls Trip”does not in some way make it easier for female authors or young writers of color to be seen, heard and worked with, she
stated,”then we haven’t done enough.” That may look like a great deal of pressure to put on a single task, and even a huge responsibility for a bachelor to take on. But like Wonder Woman showed when she single-handedly took on rounds gunfire in No Male’s Land– and as any of the females who stood up and out in 2017 showed, for that matter– when something appears impossible, it’s most likely because it’s a task for a female.