Women’s Week: Girlhood, Oscar’s Curse, and Herzog Hits on Women – Cathryn Atkinson reports

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boyhoodsamanthaDoes multiple-Oscar contender Boyhood unintentionally demean girls? Current buzz points out that Richard Linklater’s epic tale explores the bright future of Mason, the young male protagonist, while tracing the ongoing collapse of confidence and gradual demoralization of his sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). Meanwhile, two new studies present further evidence that women’s ambitions in the film industry are being scorched and torched. But there’s also a positive note this week: Werner Herzog finally gets it – he says he wants to make more movies with female protagonists. Read on…

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Cathryn Atkinson

Cathryn Atkinson currently covers film and film festival news for Pique News Magazine in British Columbia. She is an award-winning journalist, editor, photographer and screenwriter based in Canada. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Observer (she was based in London for 15 years), as well as The Globe and Mail, AFP, Elle, Time, and many others.