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Since 2012, I've been looking at why there seem to be fewer and fewer women directing TV drama and film in the United Kingdom. I've been a freelance TV drama and comedy director for many years, and I'm currently vice chair of Directors U.K., the main professional body for the 5,000 film and TV directors working in the United Kingdom.Women make up 51 percent of the population, yet film and television drama is largely excluding our view of the world.There was also an assumption that there are few female directors because directing is incompatible with child care.Women make up 27 percent of Directors U.K.'s membership, and 35-44 is the age band with the most female directors.Very few female directors are known at the commissioning level.There also needs to be a stronger public profile for the excellent work that female directors are doing.Back at Directors U.K., we are considering whether a similar initiative would be useful for female directors.
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