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This celebrated film follows female directors working in Hollywood. HALF THE PICTURE uses the current EEOC investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework to talk to these successful women directors about their career paths, struggles, inspiration and hopes for the future.

Winner of a #WhatNext Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Official Selection at the SXSW Film Festival.

"An important piece of testimony in the fight for the civil rights of female directors in Hollywood." - Katie Walsh, The Los Angeles Times

Comments (10)

Anonymous picture

As a film lover, I want to see more films directed by women. It reminds me of technology field where fewer women are employed. The bias is astonishing and eye opening. A wonderful documentary! A shoutout to Deepa Mehta's films "Fire" and "Water" - - great influences in my life.

Anonymous picture

Lina Wertmüller, "Seven Beauties" (1977); Jane Campion, "The Piano" (1994); Sofia Coppola, "Lost in Translation" (2004); Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker" (2010)*; Greta Gerwig, "Lady Bird" (2018). Only one has won* the Oscar for Best Director. This has to change.

Chelsea avatar

This is a fabulous documentary. I had the pleasure of seeing it as part of the San Francisco Film Festival. Interesting, engaging and uplifting and upsetting at the same time. A must watch!

Anonymous picture

This documentary feels like an interesting first step towards the topic. It is simple in it's approach and worth the watch if only as a conversation starter.

Anonymous picture

The only issue I have with this documentary is that the majority of these women enforce the idea that Hollywood should be a safe space to share their liberal perspectives through film. That's not what Hollywood really stands for because their films are simply made for "entertainment purposes" ...Read more

Mary avatar

Michael, I get your point which is that Hollywood is a business and businesses respond to market demands. But they also influence market expectations and formulate cultures of consumption. If studios decide they are going to give rise to more female voices and entrust these auteurs to follow ...Read more

Anonymous picture

This doesn't cover every female film director. I wonder where Patty Jenkins (Director of Wonder Woman) is in this film?

S avatar

This was enlightening & frustrating to watch. It made me want to know more. How have women directors organized? And not a one stepped past saying 'sexism and misogyny are the problem'. It's the people deciding to go along with it that reinforces it, every day. It's not hard to imagine ...Read more

Dylan avatar

This is an essential primer on the daunting and persistent obstacles women filmmakers face in Hollywood and really throughout the film and TV business. Half the Picture also relates important, universal lessons for every male-dominated industry. Through the stories of several women it becomes ...Read more

Anonymous picture

Atlantic City is a wonderful film showing Burt Lancaster at his talented best.