Among highest grossers that opened in 2020 was Patty Jenkins’ Christmas release “Wonder Woman 1984”, starring Gal Gadot, which was also one of the most-talked about Hollywood releases of the year. That apart, Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow”, starring Scarlett Johansson, was ready for release in 2020 although the film is now scheduled to open in April this year owing to last year’s lockdown.
Last year also saw the release of Cathy Yan’s “Birds Of Prey”, starring Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor. Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland”, starring Frances McDormand, is another heroine-centric release made by a woman director that was much-talked about. In 2020, when there was a total closure of cinema theatres globally for most of the year owing to Covid lockdown, the number of women technicians involved with ‘Watched At Home’ films makes for interesting statistics, too.
Women accounted for nine per cent of directors working on the watched at home films, besides 12 per cent of writers, 15 per cent of executive producers, 31 per cent of producers, 19 per cent of editors, and three per cent of cinematographers working on such films, said the study, which included films released digitally for the first time.