A shiny new year is upon us full of hope and wonderment. 2015 has passed and many great films came out of it. But 2016 needs to be different, better. So, we have compiled a wish list for this year of what we hope film can achieve – some realistic, some pure hopeful, some downright ludicrous (I assume point 6).
1. More ladies please.
At Girls on Film this is something we hold dearest to our hearts – and we take it VERY SERIOUSLY. Whether it’s directors, writers, actors, characters we need more women at the helm. Our stories must not be dismissed and our voices must be heard.
Women can kick ass just as hard as the men can, we just need to be given wings. Or boxing gloves, whatever. Hey Mr. Weinstein (Harv to his mates) – lets not leave it to the TV execs and Netflix nerds to tap into this very evident want and need. (You might even make some much needed pocket money *wink wink nudge nudge*)
2015 did bring some amazing roles for women, but it’s surely saying something when one of the most complex female characters on screen this year was a fucking robot (Alicia Vikander, EX-MACHINA). Let’s step up ey?
And it’s not just more roles for women. Female creatives; writers, directors and producers need to start speaking up. Don’t be afraid to push your position. Stand on that soap box, full Norma Ray. Without this, without the bravery of the few, younger generations of girls in classrooms will have little to look up to.
2. Develop your damn characters and relationships
You know the story: Boy meets girl, they instantly annoy each other. He hates her picky friends and she hates how he wore trainers to dinner. They bump into each other again, they become friendly, the more time they spend together the more they realise they are in love and live happily ever after for as long as they both shall live forever and always…
Then there’s the story of boy meets girl. Then they’re in love with barely two words exchanged. Then we see messages to someone, an older man – her lover, no her dentist, no her father, oh it’s her shrink because she has anxiety which was never referenced or explained but wait now she’s cured? with apparently very little help and now there’s a baby and apparently she doesn’t want to live in the city anymore but this, again never been mentioned, oh and he’s an orphan and NOTHING MAKES SENSE. This is all too familiar feeling of confusion happens regularly when I frequent the cinemas at the moment I feel.
So, a word to the writers and directors out there: Yo, just because you’re making a mainstream film with generic and obvious plot points doesn’t mean you do not have to divulge any information about your characters and their relationships. I understand that action films need a certain percentage of ‘action’ but please don’t forget to fine tune the human elements of your story. Ta.
3. More of Jack O’Connell and Brie Larson.
4. Less superheroes?
Doubtful, I know, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could have more than one thoughtful film out at the cinemas at one time, rather than just being a light refreshment from all the shooting, laser-beaming loudness
5. More interesting methods of looking at personal issues and social concerns
Would be nice to see more steering away from generic story lines, as well as interweaving these problems in more mundane narratives. Hardships happen daily, a natural part of life – they don’t have to be either the main focus of a story or ignored completely.
6. No more Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
The 85 films you have already made are quite enough Hugh. We do not want to see your veiny bulging arms and gravity defying hair any more. Now get on some tights and get dancing (where you truly belong).
7. Less mainstream vanilla
Eddie Redmayne is fab and all but perhaps a bit more diversity in the acting field. I want that neapolitan with chocolate chips and hundreds and thousands, amirite?
8. Danny Eflman be transported to an Island far far away.
We do not like that dude.
9. More Indie Horrors and Romcoms
Both genres have real scope for their abilities to look at human condition, both from a metaphoric and symbolic perspective in the former and with a gentle, humorous tone in the latter.
10. Cate Blachett, Viola Davis and Juliane Moore get married and become collective queens of the world