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Women in Hollywood seem to have it all. They’re rich, successful and usually gorgeous to boot. But look closer and you’ll see that even these apparently blessed people are fighting an uphill battle against sexism. The revelations of #metoo and #timesup shook Hollywood to its foundations – but behind that obviously appalling sexual predation and low pay there’s an entire, insidious belief system designed to keep women sidelined in filmmaking: they comprise fewer than 20% of lead characters and only about 10% of directors. In a good year. The figures for LGBTQ+ women, non-white women and women with disabilities are far, far worse.
Women Vs Hollywood is a new podcast that aims to explore how and why we got into this situation, and how we can make moviemaking more representative for everyone. Isn’t it embarrassing that there are fewer female screenwriters now than there were in the silent era? How can we still be arguing about whether women can lead action movies, when they led enormously successful action serials in the 1910s?
With the help of a fascinating roster of filmmakers, actors and experts, film journalist host Helen O’Hara aims to delve into the real problems faced by women in the film industry. Based on her non-fiction book of the same name, a Radio 4 Book Of The Week earlier this year, O’Hara and guests examine how far sexism in Hollywood goes, and how to change the picture.

You can purchase Women vs Hollywood in the UK, here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/  
You can purchase the audiobook of Women vs Hollywood on Audible in the UK, here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Women-vs-Hollywood-Audiobook/  
You can purchase the audiobook of Women vs Hollywood on Audible in the US, here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Women-vs-Hollywood-Audiobook/  
You can pre-order Women vs Hollywood in the US, here: http://bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/  
Host: Helen O’Hara (she/her)
Producer: Maddy Searle (she/her)
Executive Producers: Kobi Omenaka (he/him) and Ella Watts (she/her)
Artwork: Steve Leard (he/him) 
Music: Jazz Apricot – Joey Pecoraro; Jazz Mango – Joey Pecoraro; Walk Through The Park – TrackTribe; On Hold For You by Kevin MacLeod - Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/6928-on-hold-for-you - License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license; Members Only – Track Tribe; Night on the Town - Track Tribe 
SFX: stefan021 via freesound.org 
Find out more about Stripped Media and our other shows on our website, here: https://stripped.media/our-podcasts/  
If you enjoyed this episode, please consider giving us a five star review on iTunes or your Podcatcher of choice, and telling your friends and family about the show. Word of mouth is still the best way to market any podcast, and every little helps! From the whole team at Women vs Hollywood: thank you.


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Women Vs Hollywood with Helen O'Hara Helen O'Hara & Stripped Media

    • TV & Film
    • 4.3 • 9 Ratings

Women in Hollywood seem to have it all. They’re rich, successful and usually gorgeous to boot. But look closer and you’ll see that even these apparently blessed people are fighting an uphill battle against sexism. The revelations of #metoo and #timesup shook Hollywood to its foundations – but behind that obviously appalling sexual predation and low pay there’s an entire, insidious belief system designed to keep women sidelined in filmmaking: they comprise fewer than 20% of lead characters and only about 10% of directors. In a good year. The figures for LGBTQ+ women, non-white women and women with disabilities are far, far worse.
Women Vs Hollywood is a new podcast that aims to explore how and why we got into this situation, and how we can make moviemaking more representative for everyone. Isn’t it embarrassing that there are fewer female screenwriters now than there were in the silent era? How can we still be arguing about whether women can lead action movies, when they led enormously successful action serials in the 1910s?
With the help of a fascinating roster of filmmakers, actors and experts, film journalist host Helen O’Hara aims to delve into the real problems faced by women in the film industry. Based on her non-fiction book of the same name, a Radio 4 Book Of The Week earlier this year, O’Hara and guests examine how far sexism in Hollywood goes, and how to change the picture.

You can purchase Women vs Hollywood in the UK, here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/  
You can purchase the audiobook of Women vs Hollywood on Audible in the UK, here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Women-vs-Hollywood-Audiobook/  
You can purchase the audiobook of Women vs Hollywood on Audible in the US, here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Women-vs-Hollywood-Audiobook/  
You can pre-order Women vs Hollywood in the US, here: http://bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/  
Host: Helen O’Hara (she/her)
Producer: Maddy Searle (she/her)
Executive Producers: Kobi Omenaka (he/him) and Ella Watts (she/her)
Artwork: Steve Leard (he/him) 
Music: Jazz Apricot – Joey Pecoraro; Jazz Mango – Joey Pecoraro; Walk Through The Park – TrackTribe; On Hold For You by Kevin MacLeod - Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/6928-on-hold-for-you - License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license; Members Only – Track Tribe; Night on the Town - Track Tribe 
SFX: stefan021 via freesound.org 
Find out more about Stripped Media and our other shows on our website, here: https://stripped.media/our-podcasts/  
If you enjoyed this episode, please consider giving us a five star review on iTunes or your Podcatcher of choice, and telling your friends and family about the show. Word of mouth is still the best way to market any podcast, and every little helps! From the whole team at Women vs Hollywood: thank you.


Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Lani Diane Rich - special Episode

    Lani Diane Rich - special Episode

    In order to celebrate the release of Helen's book "Women Vs Hollywood" in North America, we're releasing this special episode featuring the full interview with the amazing Lani Diane Rich.
    If you're in North America make sure to grab a copy now!
    You can follow Lani Diane Rich (she/her): @LaniDianeRich on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://lanidianerich.com/ 
    You can purchase Women vs Hollywood in the UK, here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/  
    You can purchase the audiobook of Women vs Hollywood on Audible in the UK, here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Women-vs-Hollywood-Audiobook/  
    You can purchase the audiobook of Women vs Hollywood on Audible in the US, here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Women-vs-Hollywood-Audiobook/  
    You can pre-order Women vs Hollywood in the US, here: http://bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/  
    Host: Helen O’Hara (she/her)
    Producer: Maddy Searle (she/her)
    Executive Producers: Kobi Omenaka (he/him) and Ella Watts (she/her)
    Artwork: Steve Leard (he/him) 
    Music: Jazz Apricot – Joey Pecoraro; Jazz Mango – Joey Pecoraro; Walk Through The Park – TrackTribe; On Hold For You by Kevin MacLeod - Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/6928-on-hold-for-you - License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license; Members Only – Track Tribe; Night on the Town - Track Tribe 
    SFX: stefan021 via freesound.org 
    Find out more about Stripped Media and our other shows on our website, here: https://stripped.media/our-podcasts/  
    If you enjoyed this episode, please consider giving us a five-star review on iTunes or your Podcatcher of choice, and telling your friends and family about the show. Word of mouth is still the best way to market any podcast, and every little helps! From the whole team at Women vs Hollywood: thank you.

    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 30 min
    Shelley Stamp Special Episode

    Shelley Stamp Special Episode

    In order to celebrate the release of Helen's book "Women Vs Hollywood" in paperback, we're releasing this special episode featuring the full episode with Shelley Stamp.
    If you prefer paperback books or love purple books make sure to grab a copy now!
    Shelley Stamp (she/her): @StampShelley on Twitter 
    Find out more about her work at https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/research/Shelley_Stamp/Home.html 
    You can purchase Women vs Hollywood in the UK, here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/  
    You can purchase the audiobook of Women vs Hollywood on Audible in the UK, here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Women-vs-Hollywood-Audiobook/  
    You can purchase the audiobook of Women vs Hollywood on Audible in the US, here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Women-vs-Hollywood-Audiobook/  
    You can pre-order Women vs Hollywood in the US, here: http://bookshop.org/books/women-vs-hollywood-the-fall-and-rise-of-women-in-film/  
    Host: Helen O’Hara (she/her)
    Producer: Maddy Searle (she/her)
    Executive Producers: Kobi Omenaka (he/him) and Ella Watts (she/her)
    Artwork: Steve Leard (he/him) 
    Music: Jazz Apricot – Joey Pecoraro; Jazz Mango – Joey Pecoraro; Walk Through The Park – TrackTribe; On Hold For You by Kevin MacLeod - Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/6928-on-hold-for-you - License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license; Members Only – Track Tribe; Night on the Town - Track Tribe 
    SFX: stefan021 via freesound.org 
    Find out more about Stripped Media and our other shows on our website, here: https://stripped.media/our-podcasts/  
    If you enjoyed this episode, please consider giving us a five star review on iTunes or your Podcatcher of choice, and telling your friends and family about the show. Word of mouth is still the best way to market any podcast, and every little helps! From the whole team at Women vs Hollywood: thank you.

    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 31 min
    A Hawkeye Christmas with Directors Bert and Bertie

    A Hawkeye Christmas with Directors Bert and Bertie

    Bert and Bertie, directors of the Marvel TV show, join Helen to talk all about filming a TV show based at Christmas
    If you’ve enjoyed listening to “BAH HUMBUG” please take a moment to give us a lovely 5 STAR rating on Apple Podcasts. It really helps other people to find the show. If you haven’t done so already please subscribe to this podcast so you auto-magically get the next episodes for free and do tell all your friends and family about it too. 
    If you want to read or hear more from Helen you can order her book "Women Vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film" which is out now in The UK and comes out on 16th December in the USA and Canada. 
    Helen O'Hara is also on the Empire podcast every week and hosts the Podcast "His Darker Materials" to coincide with the BBC/HBO TV drama "His Dark Materials".
    You can find Helen on Twitter @HelenLOHara
    This pod was edited by Ben Williams and produced by Tom Whalley, Dave Corkery and Kobi Omenaka. If you want to know more about this podcast and others produced by Stripped Media please visit www.Stripped.media to find out more or email producers@Stripped.media

    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 26 min
    Home Sweet Home Alone

    Home Sweet Home Alone

    Everyone loves "Home Alone", don't they? Well maybe not! Ali Plumb and Chris Hewitt join Helen to debate this as well as discussing the latest film in the series "Home Sweet Home Alone"
    If you’ve enjoyed listening to “BAH HUMBUG” please take a moment to give us a lovely 5 STAR rating on Apple Podcasts. It really helps other people to find the show. If you haven’t done so already please subscribe to this podcast so you auto-magically get the next episodes for free and do tell all your friends and family about it too. 
    If you want to read or hear more from Helen you can order her book "Women Vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film" which is out now in The UK and comes out on 16th December in the USA and Canada. 
    Helen O'Hara is also on the Empire podcast every week and hosts the Podcast "His Darker Materials" to coincide with the BBC/HBO TV drama "His Dark Materials".
    You can find Helen on Twitter @HelenLOHara
    This pod was edited by Ben Williams and produced by Tom Whalley, Dave Corkery and Kobi Omenaka. If you want to know more about this podcast and others produced by Stripped Media please visit www.Stripped.media to find out more or email producers@Stripped.media

    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 52 min
    Silent Night with Camille Griffin

    Silent Night with Camille Griffin

    "Silent Night" director Camille Griffin joins Helen to talk all about her film and Christmas in general.
    If you’ve enjoyed listening to “BAH HUMBUG” please take a moment to give us a lovely 5 STAR rating on Apple Podcasts. It really helps other people to find the show. If you haven’t done so already please subscribe to this podcast so you auto-magically get the next episodes for free and do tell all your friends and family about it too. 
    If you want to read or hear more from Helen you can order her book "Women Vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film" which is out now in The UK and comes out on 16th December in the USA and Canada. 
    Helen O'Hara is also on the Empire podcast every week and hosts the Podcast "His Darker Materials" to coincide with the BBC/HBO TV drama "His Dark Materials".
    You can find Helen on Twitter @HelenLOHara
    This pod was edited by Ben Williams and produced by Tom Whalley, Dave Corkery and Kobi Omenaka. If you want to know more about this podcast and others produced by Stripped Media please visit www.Stripped.media to find out more or email producers@Stripped.media

    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 25 min
    Last Train to Christmas with Michael Sheen

    Last Train to Christmas with Michael Sheen

    Renowned actor Michael Sheen joins Helen to talk about The Last Train to Christmas and his own traditions at Christmas!
    If you’ve enjoyed listening to “BAH HUMBUG” please take a moment to give us a lovely 5 STAR rating on Apple Podcasts. It really helps other people to find the show. If you haven’t done so already please subscribe to this podcast so you auto-magically get the next episodes for free and do tell all your friends and family about it too. 
    If you want to read or hear more from Helen you can order her book "Women Vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film" which is out now in The UK and comes out on 16th December in the USA and Canada. 
    Helen O'Hara is also on the Empire podcast every week and hosts the Podcast "His Darker Materials" to coincide with the BBC/HBO TV drama "His Dark Materials".
    You can find Helen on Twitter @HelenLOHara
    This pod was edited by Ben Williams and produced by Tom Whalley, Dave Corkery and Kobi Omenaka. If you want to know more about this podcast and others produced by Stripped Media please visit www.Stripped.media to find out more or email producers@Stripped.media

    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

louiseber ,

Makes me angry, but in a good way!

Having listened to the audiobook, and following Helen (not in a stalker way honest) through the Empire Podcast & Magazine for years, when she launched this solo podcast I was so excited!

And then I heard it...it elicits such deep recognition, annoyance and real anger, that I genuinely have to not do my usual of devour immediately when it drops. This is the highest compliment I personally can give to this. It's very well constructed, from the weaving of the guests pov's on a given talking point, to the musical interludes but it's Helen's interrogation of the topics with the guests that get the points across while keeping the tone hopeful ultimately.

There is pain, disappointment, and also hopefulness, throughout interviews, speaking well of the questions Helen asks to get to those realities.

I genuinely hope Helen and the Stripped Media team find a way to continue these conversations, they are important and needed.

TL;DR It's great, and sometimes maddening, you should definitely listen! (And to Bah Humbug, A Chritmas Movie Podcast, also by Helen & Stripped Media)

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