"Life imitates art far more than art imitates life". Oscar Wilde
I had to include a photo of me taking a picture, recording life, events and never leaving home without it. In fact, no body leaves home without their camera any more. It sits in the back pocket, ready for a selfie, to snap a weird combination of objects set aside somewhere, or a recording of any event that is important. Art imitates life, constantly, and those recordings are of everything that exists, everything that the eye or the heart can see. Art is not just about photography however, art encapsulates all the creations that come from an enlightened thought or inner gift. All creations for me are art. Film is art, and film, also needs to imitate life, but for a long time now, life has been imitating art, meaning that life has been imitating film.
I'm spurred on today by the comments made by a friend after watching Rogue One; A Star Wars Story, that there were not enough female characters in the film. I am yet to see Rogue One, but when I do, I know that she will be right.
I watch film after film, and none of them are imitating life, none of them show the audience that they can go on a safe journey watching their choice of film that shows a snippet of what society could be like in the world that is created for that particular film, for all of these created worlds are female free, non cultural and non diverse for the most part. Even in created worlds that have been borne in the writer's imagination, these need to include women, or children, or people from different cultural backgrounds, and people who are diverse, for this is what makes the world go around and what creates unity. Creating art or films that do not encompass these variants in the characters only means that we are feeding people's minds with an unreality that can scarily become reality. What on earth is Hollywood up to? Do we imprint a gender, cultural and diversity inequality map in people's minds, on a subconscious level, so that a gender, cultural and diverse imbalance can continue to exist in society? Do we really need to let our children see this type of make believe world and have them think that it is real?
Geena Davis identified the gender imbalance in the entertainment industry, and her motto with the institute that she consequently created, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media was that " if she can see it, she can be it." Girls need to have strong and independent women on screen that they can identify with. Hollywood is creating films with predominantly men in them, meaning that this is what society is seeing and therefore that is what society will try to be. Life is imitating Art, Wilde knew what he was saying.
Some interesting statistics that have been substantiated within the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in media are as follows: