- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From the Publisher
"[T]he book offers an engaging combination of industry anecdotes, behind-the-scenes stories about the making of specific films, and useful tips for budding writers. Women Screenwriters Today is aimed at women pursuing careers in screenwriting specifically and filmmaking and television production generally, but it is also a potentially useful scholarly resource for quotations and production history details….[I] would without doubt recommend Women Screenwriters Today to any aspiring screenwriter male or female, and I will suggest it as outside reading when next I teach a course on women and film. It touches upon several issues that are highly relevant to the study of women in the arts, and it does a good job of highlighting (without delving deeply into) the problems facing women in the film and television industries today."
"This breezy, accessible book contains a good deal of fascinating information on the lives of women who work not only as screenwriters but also as producers and directors. McCreadie interviewed a wide variety of women in the fields of cinema and television, from beginners to seasoned professionals, and got the inside story on what working in the rough-and-tumble world of Hollywood is really like. Some of the women she talked to are independent filmmakers; others are longtime denizens of the studio system. McCreadie tells the story in a straightforward way; she allows all of her subjects space in which to talk about their work….[t]his slight but affectionate book gives a voice to those who work in an industry that is still remarkably sexist and unforgiving, telling their story directly, truthfully, and with a minimum of editorializing. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates, researchers and faculty, general readers."
"Through interviews and close scrutiny of screenplays for both film and television, McCreadie pursues the question of whether women write from a unique perspective. She discusses such films as Little Women, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Under the Tuscan Sun and talks to actors and directors including Sofia Coppola and Emma Thompson. McCreadie also discusses how women have managed to survive and prosper in the unforgiving world of cinema."
Reference & Research Book News
"Women Screenwriters Today demonstrates the variety of experiences for women within the business: from Oscar winning writers to jobbing hacks to highly renumerated script doctors. It may fail to address the larger questions, but McCreadie's accessible survey is littered with insightful interviews, stories and anecdotes which allow the small number of women screenwriters to record their experiences of the industry. Women Screenwriters Today illuminates this often overlooked area of the film industry. In drawing attention to the spectrum of work being done by contemporary women screenwriters, McCreadie not only rectifies this, but also demonstrates how little the business has changed since Frances Marion carried her scripts around the MGM lot in an unmarked folder."