As part of the Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival, 20 Year 13/14 Media Studies pupils took to the road and headed for The Odyssey Cinemas in Belfast to take part in a Q&A session with Holly Tarquini with regards to the F-Rating: Representing Women in Film.
The session was followed by a screening of the 2016 adaptation of the book ‘Swallows and Amazons’. F-Rating founder, Holly Tarquini, spoke about the origins of the rating and explained the importance of such a classification in an industry where 95% of the films made in mainstream cinema are told by white, American, heterosexual, middle class males. The F-Rating allows films to be given a stamp of approval if they: 1. Have a female director 2. The story is written by a female 3. There are complex female characters on screen who exist in their own right and aren’t simply there to support the male lead. The F-Rating exists to shine a light on the amazing work women are doing in film, and to encourage critics to review these films, audiences to go to them and ultimately, for studios to make more of them.