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INTRODUCTION Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson AFRICA . African Women Directors: 'Francophone African Women Filmmakers: 40 years of cinema, Paris (1972-2012)' Beti Ellerson 2. Speak Up! Who's Speaking?: 27 African Female Filmmakers Speak for Themselves Maria Williams-Hawkins AMERICAS 3. The home, the body and otherness: 54 Canadian representations of identity and feminism in Mary Harron's American Psycho, Sarah Polley's Away From Her and the Soska Sisters' American Mary Karen Oughton 4. Female Filmmakers in Latin America 77 Ana Maria Bahiana 5. USA: Flouting the System: Lois Weber, 92 Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino Jacqui Miller 6. From Hollywood to Indiewood to Chinawood: 106 Women Film Directors in the US Gabrielle Kelly 7. US: Women Film Directors of the Indie 127 World Nathan Shaw 8. Oscar-worthy Women Directors 140 Patricia Di Risio 9. Interview with Kathryn Bigelow 155 Ana Maria Bahiana ASIA 10. Moving Up: 160 Women Directors and South-east Asian Cinema Anchalee Chaiworaporn 11. Films from an Unknown Woman: 179 Remediating the absence of gender politics in the films of women directors in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong Pieter Aquilia 12. Women Filmmakers of South Korea 203 Anchalee Chaiworaporn 13. 'Why are you making such a big deal just 210 because I am a woman?' Women Directors of Popular Indian Cinema Coonoor Kripalani 14. Cats and Dogs and Wild Berries: 233 New Voices in Japanese Cinema Adam Bingham 15. To Direct Patriarchy: Women Film Directors 249 in Pakistan Iram Parveen Bilal AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND 16. Brilliant Careers: Three Waves of 255 Australian, New Zealand and Indigenous Women Film Directors Pieter Aquilia EUROPE 17. Alice Guy-Blache, True Pioneer 272 Tania Field 18. A Century of Madchen: Femmes 280 and Frauen in Fascist, New Wave, and Contemporary European Cinema Heidi Honeycutt 19. Hidden Histories on Film: 309 Female Directors from South Eastern Europe Dina Iordanova 20. Iron and Reel: Russian Women Directors 316 Through the Soviet Era and Beyond Karlanna Lewis 21. Where's Britannia? 329 Melody Bridges MIDDLE EAST 22. Coming Forth (Day) by Day: Arab Female 349 Filmmakers Making Strides Ronan Doyle 23. In Their Own Words: Interviews with 355 Contemporary Women Directors from the Middle East Elhum Shakerifar 24. Voices of Israeli Women Filmmakers 366 Amy Kronish SUMMARY 380 Gabrielle Kelly

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Editors GABRIELLE KELLY, screenwriter and producer, is also a media educator and story expert. She has worked in Hollywood on both studio and indie films and on productions from Russia, Brazil, China and Europe. Her films include: All the Queen's Men, Stag, D.A.R.Y.L. for Paramount/Columbia, and her script of indie feature All Ages Night is set in the music scene of LA. She developed and edited the industry bible, The Movie Business; a Legal Guide with entertainment lawyer Kelly Crabb and was given the Female Maverick Tribute by Female Eye Film Festival in 2014. CHERYL ROBSON is a producer of several short independent films, most recently Rock n Roll Island. She worked at the BBC for several years and then taught filmmaking at the University of Westminster, before setting up a theatre company. She also created a publishing company where she has edited over fifty books and published over 150 international writers. As a writer, she has won the Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition and as an editor, received a Special Jury Prize for Peace with author Robin Soans, for The Arab-Israeli Cookbook.


The level of public consciousness about the barriers faced by female filmmakers is higher than it has ever been. Despite this, the discussion more often than not centres around North America and to a lesser extent, Europe, Australia and New Zealand (and I am guilty as charged). This is perfectly understandable, but clearly women do make films outside of these countries, and it can be illuminating to consider how their experiences reflect or differ from those with which we are more familiar. To this end, the arrival of a new book, "Celluloid Ceiling," could not be more timely. Edited by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson, it takes a purposefully global overview of the status quo and in doing so provides some fascinating stories and insights, reminding us of what is lost when we limit the discussion to Anglophone directors. Matthew Hammett Knott - indiewire

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