In 2015 only 3.6 percent of the directors in the top 250 films were women, and women only accounted for 4.4 percent of the writers. Facts like these are the bases of f-rated.org, a website created to promote the organization, and highlight work created by, and for, women. Amazon’s popular IMDb site even adopted the new ‘F-rating’ system,highlighting films that are directed by women, written by women, and/or pass the Bechdel test. If you need a reminder, the Bechdel test simply means that a body of work features a conversation between women that isn’t about men. You would probably shocked to know how many major films fail this simple requirement.
The accreditation, which aims to support and promote women and redress the imbalance in the film industry, has so far been added to over 21,000 titles on the website, making it easier for users to search for films and TV programs which feature women in a significant role.
Among the films credited are “Girl on the Train,” which was directed by Erin Cressida Wilson, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” which was written by Anita Loos, and 2016’s “Ghostbusters,” which has 36 scenes which pass the Bechdel test.
One of the newest additions to the list is April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth,” which will be released on April 28th by Gunpowder and Sky Distribution. The film received a triple-rating for featuring a female director, writer and lead. The film, whose writer, director, producer, and cinematographer are women, was shot with an all female crew and stars two female leads.
The film was a huge hit at festivals this year, and should certainly be on your radar moving into spring.
In “Below Her Mouth,” Jasmine (Natalie Krill) is a successful fashion editor living with her fiancé, Rile (Sebastian Pigott). On a night out in the city with her best friend, she meets Dallas (Erika Linder), a roofer recently out of a relationship. Surprised by the confidence with which Dallas pursues her, Jasmine turns Dallas down – but can’t get her out of her head. When Jasmine finally succumbs, the two women embark on a steamy affair that forces them both to reevaluate their lives.
IMDb becomes the latest film organization to feature the rating, which was created in 2014 by Holly Tarquini, director of the U.K.’s Bath Film Festival. It has so far been adopted by 40 film festivals across the U.K., including London’s Barbican.