The English-language Danish news source CPH Post has claimed that the Danish films being released in 2017 highlights a potentially ‘underwhelming’ year for films due to the lack of gender equality.
In the article, they make the point that out of the 26 films being released this year, only two films will be directed by women. Furthermore, only two films will have a female lead. That’s a problem, according to Nanna Frank Rasmussen, a film reviewer for Jyllands-Posten newspaper, who is the head of the women’s rights advocacy organisation Women in Film and Television (WIFT).
“Film helps generate a mutual understanding of our society,” Rasmussen told Berlingske newspaper.
“And women pay taxes and thus contribute to culture funds, so you could call it a democratic problem that more women aren’t represented in Danish film. It’s not about the talent not being there – it’s not being allowed in.”
The Danish Film Institute has responded by saying that within the next three to four years they hope to achieve gender equality, but patience is a must.