An Actress's Thoughts

13. June 2023
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Dem Napoléon seine Frau, Alter!

Abzählvers Gesine und die Einleitung Ridley Scott’s NAPOLÉON-Film und das Alter von Schauspieler:innen Napoléon et Joséphine Die neue Verfilmung Historischer Exkurs Die deutschen Schauspieler:innen und ihr Alter 3 Jahre-Vergleich [Datenbank Filmmakers]  Kaiser von Rom Napoléon sein Sohn der war noch … Continue reading

29. November 2021
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Old Women. Visibility. Part III

Here is the last episode of my Old Women. Visibility. Trilogy. Old Women, visible. Made younger. In Part I from Oct. 29 I mentioned, among other things, that it is not uncommon to rejuvenate characters in film and television through … Continue reading

Old Women. Visibility. Part II

1. November 2021 by SchspIN

From our Society – Older Visible Women

A few days ago I wrote in the text Old Women. Visibility. Part I that I would compile and publish a gallery of “older and old women from real life. You can now view it here, either as a general overview, or click through the portraits individually and read the German explanations under the pictures: Name, age in the photo, profession and photographer:in / Common Licence. This information should also appear when you move your mouse over the pictures (the photos also function as an occupation game, which is why I have added the occupation to the female politicians).

As I said, there are many female politicians, on the one hand quite banal, because they are so easy to find as a larger group of older women in Wikipedia, with public domain photos. But there are also other women, I have, for example, looked through the lists of the Order of Merit Ribbon Awards – which are mostly made up of men, but a few women have also been awarded. Most of them have an entry in Wikipedia, but many without a picture. And women scientists, writers and a few actresses and a few under 40 are there too.

What I haven’t done is to make a percentage distribution of all possible population groups. But I think the pictures are already much more diverse in terms of older women than those who populate German fictional TV.

As a reminder: “Since they are mostly official photos or photos of professional appearances, the women were of course also made up and the pictures were certainly also edited, which is perfectly okay.” Nevertheless, they look different from PR photos of older actresses.

We Should be seeing Women like These on Fictional TV Programmes

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29. October 2021
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Old Women. Visibility. Part I

Yesterday I was standing at the checkout in an organic supermarket. The cashier asked the customer in front of me if she had a student card – that must have given her a discount. The woman went completely berserk with … Continue reading

22. June 2021
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Rosy times for Men in NDR Prime-Time Cop Dramas

NDR prime-time Cop Dramas I was invited to do a study of NDR crime films for the current newsletter of the Film & Medienbüro Niedersachsen. With kind permission, here is a translation of the article (pp. 25-27). The share of … Continue reading

11. December 2018
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THE SPLIT – Diversifying Casts

Diversifying Casts To See More Today‘s aricle is about promoting diversity on-screen, NEROPA, the ethnically diverse cast of the British divorce law miniseries THE SPLIT (BBC, 2018) and my colleagues Fiona Rodrigo, James Krishna Floyd and Samir Fuchs. Diversity, Reality, … Continue reading

4. June 2018
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Let’s Talk about the Inclusion Rider

“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion Rider.” Frances McDormand, US-American Actress, Academy Awards March 2018 A Best Actress‘s Acceptance Speech Who Invented it? Dr. Stacy L. Smith A Good Idea Using the G20 … Continue reading

6. November 2017
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NEROPA during Script Development

The Initial Question The NEROPA-Lights Write first, decide later Is that really necessary? German Film Funding November 17 Epilogue: Ships that Pass in the Night The Initial Question Every now then I get asked if script writers can also work … Continue reading

18. September 2017
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Film Professions in Germany 2017

Film Departments 2017: Share of Women In 2014 I wrote about 32 teampositions behind the cam era for German film productions and 2 positions in front of the camera, analyzing information from the database of Crew United (Filmcrafts: Some with … Continue reading