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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.


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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.


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    #10 - How to change the picture

    #10 - How to change the picture

    In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by actress and founder of Primetime Victoria Emslie, film financier Jasmin Morrison, and Laura Grange, who is Head of Acquisitions at a major broadcaster. Helen asks her guests how things are changing for the better in the film industry, especially in terms of finance, distribution, and diversity on set. They also discuss what we still need to do to make sure that things continue to improve in the future. 
    You can find our host, Helen O’Hara (she/her), on Twitter @HelenLOHara.
    You can also find Helen on The Empire Film Podcast.
    Comments? Questions? Talk about the show on your social media platform of choice using #WomenVsHollywood.
    Our Guests This Week Were:
    Victoria Emslie (she/her): @monhublot on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4990981/ 
    Jasmin Morrison (she/her)
    Find out more about her work at https://www.soulcognition.com/ 
    Laura Grange (she/her)
    Find out more about her work at https://uk.linkedin.com/in/laura-grange-93554065 
    This week’s recommended films were: 
    Polisse (2011), directed by Maïwenn (recommended by Laura Grange).
    Two For the Road (1967), directed by Stanley Donen (recommended by Jasmin Morrison).
    Daisies (1966), directed by Vera Chytilová (recommended by Victoria Emslie).
    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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    • 45 min
    #9 - MeToo

    #9 - MeToo

    In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by investigative journalist Lucy Osborne, film historian Shelley Stamp, and actress Jessica Regan to discuss the impact of the #MeToo movement on Hollywood and society at large. We’ll hear how far back sexual abuse in Hollywood goes, what impact it has on women in the film industry, and what we can do to make things better. 
    You can find our host, Helen O’Hara (she/her), on Twitter @HelenLOHara.
    You can also find Helen on The Empire Film Podcast.
    Comments? Questions? Talk about the show on your social media platform of choice using #WomenVsHollywood.
    Our Guests This Week Were:
    Jessica Regan (she/her): @itsjessregan on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.unitedagents.co.uk/jessica-regan  
    Shelley Stamp (she/her): @StampShelley on Twitter 
    Find out more about her work at https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/research/Shelley_Stamp/Home.html  
    Lucy Osborne (she/her): @Lucy_Osborne on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.theguardian.com/profile/lucy-osborne 
    This week’s recommended films were: 
    On the Record (2020), directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (recommended by Lucy Osborne).
    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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    • 34 min
    #8 - Franchises

    #8 - Franchises

    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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    • 40 min
    #7 - Pay Gap

    #7 - Pay Gap

    In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by economist Dr Sofia Izquierdo Sanchez, academic Susan Kemp, and actor Jessica Regan to talk about the gender pay gap between men and women in Hollywood. You’ll hear about research into Hollywood’s wage inequality, how society dictates the value we place on ourselves, and our guests’ personal experiences of the gender pay gap. 
    You can find our host, Helen O’Hara (she/her), on Twitter @HelenLOHara.
    You can also find Helen on The Empire Film Podcast.
    Comments? Questions? Talk about the show on your social media platform of choice using #WomenVsHollywood.
    Our Guests This Week Were:
    Dr Sofia Izquierdo Sanchez (she/her)
    Find out more about her work at https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2019/10/28/the-unexplained-25-wage-gap-between-male-and-female-hollywood-actors/ 
    Susan Kemp (she/her): @kempiefilmy on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://susan-kemp.com/
    Jessica Regan (she/her): @itsjessregan on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.unitedagents.co.uk/jessica-regan 
    This week’s recommended films were:
    Hidden Figures (2016), directed by Theodore Melfi; Suffragette (2015), directed by Sarah Gavron
    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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    • 35 min
    #6 - Critics

    #6 - Critics

    In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by film critics Anna Smith, Simran Hans and Rebecca Harrison to discuss the impact of film criticism on the movie industry. You’ll hear about our guests’ experiences as female film critics, great critics of the past like Pauline Kael, and also how things are slowly beginning to improve for marginalised folks in film criticism. 
    You can find our host, Helen O’Hara (she/her), on Twitter @HelenLOHara.
    You can also find Helen on The Empire Film Podcast.
    Comments? Questions? Talk about the show on your social media platform of choice using #WomenVsHollywood.
    Our Guests This Week Were:
    Anna Smith (she/her): @annasmithjourno on Twitter 
    Find out more about her work at http://annasmithjourno.com/ 
    Simran Hans (she/her): @heavier_things on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.simranhans.com/
    Rebecca Harrison (she/her): @BeccaEHarrison on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at http://www.writingonreels.uk/ 
    This week’s recommended films were:
    Leave No Trace (2018), directed by Debra Granik, recommended by Anna Smith
    Wanda (1971), directed by Barbra Louden, recommended by Simran Hans
    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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    • 29 min
    #5 - The Studio Era

    #5 - The Studio Era

    EPISODE 5 - STUDIO ERA
    In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by Shelley Stamp and Susan Kemp to discuss the Studio Era, which began in the early 1920s and lasted until the end of the 1940s. The studio system was designed to treat film as a factory product, and it had a huge impact on women, people of colour, and LGBTQ+ people in Hollywood. 
    You can find our host, Helen O’Hara (she/her), on Twitter @HelenLOHara.
    You can also find Helen on The Empire Film Podcast.
    Comments? Questions? Talk about the show on your social media platform of choice using #WomenVsHollywood.
    Our Guests This Week Were:
    Shelley Stamp (she/her): @StampShelley on Twitter 
    Find out more about her work at https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/research/Shelley_Stamp/Home.html 
    Susan Kemp (she/her): @kempiefilmy on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://susan-kemp.com/
    This week’s recommended films were:
    Not Wanted (1949), directed by Ida Lupino (recommended by Shelley Stamp)
    The Day I Became A Woman (2000), directed by Marzieh Makhmalbaf; Locked-Up Time (1990), directed by Sibylle Shönemann (recommended by Susan Kemp) 
    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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    • 31 min

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