WRITING FEMALE CHARACTERS
After years of Hollywood maintaining that films with women in leading roles don't attract audiences, evidence published on 2nd January 2014 shows that not only is that untrue, but these films also make more money!
However, there remain real problems with the majority of depictions of women onscreen, with characterisations conforming to deeply entrenched stereotypes and functions. To learn how to write believable, dynamic, interesting and vital female characters it is necessary to go back to the basics of characterisation and re-think our approaches to these roles.
This workshop is a whistle-stop tour of some extraordinary and inspiring depictions of women from a variety of films, that are used to analyse what makes a "strong female character", and what tropes will move feminists of the world to rage and despair!
By deeply questioning the motivations of your characters, their actions and behaviours, whilst remaining aware of the implications these may have, it is possible to begin to look at the credibility of the women being created in your script.
This workshop is suitable for male and female writers: indeed it was created in response to requests from male participants in other courses!
Having run sell-out evening sessions of this workshop, Gabriella has developed this into a FULL DAY workshops delving into the complexities of some of the most exciting female characters to have appeared onscreen.
There will be case studies of SHERRYBABY (dir. Laurie Collyer) and HAROLD AND MAUDE (dir. Hal Ashby) - it is not necessary to have watched both in advance, but be prepared for spoilers if you haven't seen them!
Be ready to talk about your project to take advantage of the practical advice.
'A fantastic opportunity to learn from a tutor that clearly has an extensive wealth of film knowledge.'
'I would certainly recommend this workshop to peers who are struggling with writing female characters – it is extremely insightful and a fascinating dilemma to explore.'
'It was just what I hoped for: somewhere to find faith in writing that makes a difference'
£85 (concessions £75)
£110 for this AND Actors: Write Your Parts (suitable for ACTORS ONLY!)
We offer the concessionary rate to all Concessions as well as to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member of one of these organisations, please book at the concessionary rate and show your membership card to the course tutor at registration.
Email Gabriella or phone 07951338006
As Female Character Consultant for independent feature film "I Am the Prize" Gabriella wrote this article for Huffington Post
She has also written these pieces for feminist film website Bitch Flicks:
An emotional response to 'Lovelace'
Why Willow, Faith and Anya beat Buffy
Motherhood in film: Sherrybaby
Best Actress analysis 2012: Meryl Streep & Michelle Williams