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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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    • 5.0 • 15 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.


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    #3 - Silent Movie Era

    #3 - Silent Movie Era

    EPISODE 3 - SILENT MOVIES
    In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by Radha Vatsal, Shelley Stamp and Pamela Hutchinson, to discuss the very beginning of the film industry, and the women who found success in the Silent Era. Surprisingly, women often had better opportunities to make it in the movie business in the early 1900s than they would in later decades. 
    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:
    Radha Vatsal (she/her): @RadhaVatsal on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.radhavatsal.com/ 
    Shelley Stamp (she/her): @StampShelley on Twitter 
    Find out more about her work at https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/research/Shelley_Stamp/Home.html 
    Pamela Hutchinson (she/her): @PamHutch on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://pamhutch.wordpress.com/ 
    This week’s recommended films were:
    The Women Film Pioneers Project, recommended by Radha Vatsal https://wfpp.columbia.edu/ (Helen Holmes and Tsuru Aoki, recommended by Helen O’Hara)
    Suspense (1913), directed by Lois Weber, recommended by Pamela Hutchinson https://youtu.be/gCOk5jVaJNo 
    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; The Cascades – E’s Jammy Jams; Peacefully – E’s Jammy Jams; Book Bag – E’s Jammy Jams; Breaktime by Kevin MacLeod - Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3457-breaktime - License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license; Jazz Piano Bar – Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions
    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
    #2 - Festivals

    #2 - Festivals

    In this episode of Women Vs Hollywood, Helen O’Hara is joined by Clare Binns, Holly Tarquini, Sophie Monks Kaufman and Tricia Tuttle, to discuss the impact of festivals on women in the film industry. They’ll explore the ways that festivals have excluded women in the past, and the ways that women are fighting for better representation today. 
    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:
    Tricia Tuttle (she/her): @TriciaTuttle on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.bfi.org.uk/flare 
    Holly Tarquini (she/her): @hollytarq on Twitter 
    Find out more about her work at https://filmbath.org.uk/ 
    Clare Binns (she/her): @ClareLBinns on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.bifa.film/people/clare-binns/ 
    Sophie Monks Kaufman (she/her): @sopharsogood on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.sophiemonkskaufman.com/   
    This week’s recommended films were:
    The films of Joanna Hogg and Chloe Zhao, recommended by Tricia Tuttle
    One Night in Miami (2020), directed by Regina King, recommended by Holly Tarquini
    Proxima (2019), directed by Alice Winocour, recommended by Clare Binns
    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) 
    Find out more about Stripped Media and our other shows on our website, here: https://stripped.media/our-podcasts/ 
    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 
    SFX: stefan021 via freesound.org 

    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
    #1 - Awards

    #1 - Awards

    Welcome to the very first episode of Women Vs Hollywood, in which Helen O’Hara explores the glamorous world of Awards. With the help of Amy Gustin, Tom Salinksy and Jessica Regan, she’ll discuss why female filmmakers are often overlooked at awards ceremonies, and how things may be changing for the 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:
    Amy Gustin (she/her): @AmyGustin on Twitter
    Find out more about her work at https://www.bifa.film/people/amy-gustin/   
    Tom Salinsky (he/him) 
    Find out more about his work at https://bestpickpod.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:
    Rare Beasts (2019), directed by Billie Piper, recommended by Amy Gustin
    A New Leaf (1971), directed by Elaine May, recommended by Tom Salinsky
    Titus Andronicus (1999), directed by Julie Taymor, recommended by Jessica Regan
    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
    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
    Women Vs Hollywood Trailer

    Women Vs Hollywood Trailer

    The trailer for the brand new podcast "Women Vs Hollywood" - a companion to the book of the same name by Helen O'Hara.
    Subscribe now and tell your friends
    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
    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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    • 44 sec
    Bonus Interview with "Godmothered" director Sharon Maguire

    Bonus Interview with "Godmothered" director Sharon Maguire

    Helen spoke with the director of "Godmothered" - Sharon Maguire!
    If you missed the talk of "Godmothered" make sure you listen to episode 2 where Helen talked about the film in-depth with Kate Herron and Kat Brown 🎄.
    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 pre-order her book "Women Vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film" which comes out in February 2021. 
    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

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    • 31 min
    Elf and Godmothered with Kat Brown and Kate Herron

    Elf and Godmothered with Kat Brown and Kate Herron

    Kate Herron and Kat Brown join Helen for the last full episode of 2020 to talk about Elf and Godmothered!
    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 pre-order her book "Women Vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film" which comes out in February 2021. 
    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, and her guests @AliPlumb and @BethKWebb
    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

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

K Syd ,

Terrific as usual.

An intelligent, well-structured podcast about the struggles women face in the film industry. It is obvious how much thought and time and attention Helen and her guests have given to the subject. You will learn about the progressive ideas working their way into the industry, and also what you can do to help the cause.

Consuelo "El Hombre De Fuego" ,

A fascinating listen for all movie fans

Helen is always a balanced and insightful voice into the movie world, and this podcast is no exception. The conversations are always well thought out and worthwhile, while being kind and generally enthusiastic about movies and Hollywood silliness!

Pedro Clark ,

Exceptional - as always with Helen

I listened to this audiobook as I realized that I would enjoy it so much more listening to Helen herself rather than listening to myself as I read it. The podcast is even better - I have learned so much from the book. And again from the podcast. I really like the format - insertions of specific interviews that help emphasize a point or a perspective. I love film. Old old films and new films. But I have also been in technology as a female leader for almost 30 years (mobile phones) and the similarities are astonishing in the way women have been treated. I hate that phrase - as if we have asked for being in this position, like a small child looking for any recognition or inclusion - but the numbers as you covered in this episode speak for themselves. Film mirrors our lives - representation needs to change.
Thanks Helen for carrying on the good fight and bringing more conversation to the topic! Cheers!

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