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Illuminatrix launches to promote female DoPs

Illuminatrix launches to promote female DoPs

David Knight - 14th Nov 2016

illuminatrix, a new members' group of female DoPs, has called for gender equality in the field of cinematography in film production, including music videos, and launched a website that acts as a database of female DoPs.

The group seeks to address the gender imbalance in one of the least diverse areas in filmmaking, with under 7% of British feature films being shot by a woman, according to data from Directors UK. By contrast, women make up 50.1% of film students in the UK. 

To coincide with its launch, illuminatrix is raising awareness for the issue by curating a day of events on diversity in cooperation with IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers, at the Camerimage International Film Festival of Cinematography in Poland, this Friday, November 18th, 2016.

Co-founded by DoPs Catherine Goldschmidt and Vanessa Whyte, each member of illuminatrix has a minimum of five years’ industry experience, and the roster includes such names as Natasha Braier ADF (The Neon Demon), Suzie Lavelle ISC (Emmy-nominated for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride) and Polly Morgan BSC (The A-Word). illuminatrix has already gained positive support from industry establishments such as the British Society of Cinematographers, BAFTA and Women in Film and Television UK.

Barry Ackroyd BSC, President of The British Society of Cinematographers (BSC), and cinematographer on feature films such as Jason Bourne and The Hurt Locker said: "Making it as a cinematographer needs skill and daring and tenacity. It should never depend on your gender or race. So I welcome the initiative by the cinematographers of illuminatrix in showcasing some of the best women cinematographers. This new webpage is proof that the talent is here. Now it's time to stop talking about equality and time to let it happen. Producers, directors, all film makers, listen up, open your eyes and play fair."

David Knight - 14th Nov 2016

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