Cinema: Backpacking in Berlin
TV and Film
When Alison Bechdel first wrote about a test for films, to interrogate their gender representation, she was making a joke. It seemed then in 1985, (and still now in 2017!) laughable that a film would ever fail the Bechdel test. To pass the test, a film needs to fulfil three simple rules: to have two female characters, who talked to each-other, about something other than a man. Obviously, this is a low bar to jump for any film, and yet when these criteria are applied to many films, they fail. This obvious misrepresentation or lack of representation of women on screen has become one of the most discussed issues affecting the film industry in today’s climate. However, sadly, there is still a very long way to go!