Someone knit Internet Movie Database a pussyhat, because they’ve just stepped into the fight against the patriarchy with the addition of the “F-rating” to their sprawling movie reference site.
The F-rating is given to films that have any of the following: a female director, a female writer or “features significant women on screen in their own right.” Already 21,800 films listed on IMDb have been tagged with it, including XX, The Bad Batch, The Handmaiden, and anything from our 52 Films By Women column.
The concept began at the 2014 Bath Film Festival, where organizers chose to celebrate 17 of the 42 titles screened by singling out their all-too-rare F status. Inspired by The Bechdel Test, the F-Rating is meant to stimulate discussion about the representation of women in film. But the emphasis on creators and not just characters expands this discussion to representation behind the camera as well as in front. The rating has been catching on in the UK, where several movie theaters have added it to their advertisements, drawing attention to women’s stories.
Bath Film Festival director Holly Tarquini is thrilled at the IMDb expansion, but notes, “Our real goal is to reach the stage when the F-Rating is redundant because 50% of the stories we see on screen are told by and about film’s unfairly under-represented half of the population - women.”
Until, then look for the F.
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