‘Madding’ lack of women in business on screen, and behind the camera – Brandy McDonnell comments

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farfrommadding13largeI was intrigued by a quote AWFJ’s Jennifer Merin shared that Michael Sheen gave at the press day for Far From The Madding Crowd. In a bit of spot-on insight, Sheen commented that “There are not many films about women who run businesses, not even in contemporary narratives. Unless they’re villains, that is. Bathsheba is unique.” Think about it. Typically, women in charge of on-screen businesses are heavies. It’s more than a little scary and sad a Thomas Hardy novel published in 1874 is the source of this unusual cinematic narrative of a woman owning a business and running it smartly. Read on…

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.