A few years back, Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for her role in Blue Jasmine, and during her acceptance speech, she touched on something that Hollywood had yet to catch on to: “[They think] female films, with women at the centre, are niche experiences – they are not, audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money.” She said it in 2014, but they’re just barely catching on.
If you take a look at the films coming out of the major studios, there’s a tendency towards casting known White actors. It seems as if Hollywood believes that by doing so they will attract more viewers. Fans of Wes Anderson are aware that isn’t always the case. When we focus on a specific group of people, like some examples we will be looking at momentarily, we’ll see how they aren’t minimizing the amount of viewers.
Hi! We’re new, so we’d like to introduce ourselves.
We are the underSCENE. Primarily based out of Toronto, we are a collection of writers who want to be a step towards the change we need. But first and foremost, we’re a bunch of film geeks, and so we’re gonna frame these ideas for the big screen. And that means looking at the film industry and its mess. Before we get into all of that (Trust me, we will.) we’re here to talk about being visible on screen. For those of us non-cis, non-white folk, we don’t often see ourselves in the movies or on T.V. Rarely in a positive way. We’re never the hero of the story, but the sidekick, the villain, or dead before the end. It’s exhausting and demoralizing. Sure, representation for minorities is getting better, but for every Black Panther or Crazy Rich Asians, we have thousands of films starring Scarlett Johansson as an Asian person. The corporate media chooses not to properly cover these films, so we’ll do it instead.