roles became more, fewer replicas – review

The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Cinema at San Diego State University has released another study in its core specialty. And according to its results, in 2019 there was a record number of women in the lead roles: 40% instead of 31% in 2018.

The number of female characters has grown in roles that are not the main ones. Last year, 37% of them went to women. But at the same time, the number of female roles fell by one percent with the words: only 34% of the heroines allowed at least one replica to be pronounced.

In “talking” roles, fewer black women were filmed (20% – one percent less than in 2018) and Asian women (7% – 3% less). But Latinos received 5% of the roles with replicas – this is 1% more than last year.

In general, in the film industry of 2019 in 43% of films the main character was a man, and in another 17% mixed roles played the leading roles. For 46% of female characters, the plot reported their marital status, while for male characters it was known only in 34% of cases.

But the situation was the opposite. 73% of male heroes had a certain profession, and 59% were shown at work. For women, these figures are 61% and 43%.

At the same time, back in 2008, the Center for the Study of Women on television and in the cinema published research data that showed that the box office of films is not affected by the number of women involved in the filming. It affects the income only the size of the invested budget.