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February 05, 2011  | by: Vanessa Douglas
Catherine Hardwicke with the cast of Twilight

Catherine Hardwicke with the cast of Twilight

The pervasiveness of the Twilight saga may, at times, seem inescapable, but the series is still miraculously successful, thanks in part to Catherine Hardwicke.

The director, who was also behind Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005), paved the way for the saga when she produced the first film, but apparently making $400 million still isn’t enough.

Hardwicke had been interested in directing The Fighter (2010), the biographical film starring Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale. Curiously, however, she wasn’t even able to get an interview, “I was told it had to be directed by a man — am I crazy?”

In all honesty, the first Twilight film- all of them, actually- were not exactly filled with depth and intellect. They obviously appeal to a certain demographic. That being said, Hardwicke did her job, and the movie debuted at number one. Regardless of her previous works and monetary success, she was overlooked for The Fighter because of her gender.

Why does this issue continue to be so prevalent? It was a huge deal when Kathryn Bigelow won the Academy Award for Best Director because she was the first woman to do so.

This year marks the 83rd year of the award show, so why did it take 82 years for a woman to be praised for he directorial efforts? Why does is matter if a woman wants to direct a film about a man?

Hardwicke also stated,

‘Oh, yeah, Kathryn Bigelow, she can direct action.’ Well, she’s done that on five other movies. How is this suddenly a revelation? It’s like, guys, wake up. Look at her other films. It’s just kind of crazy. There have been so many ‘girly movies,’ like ‘Sex and the City’ or this or that, that people have no issues with a man directing. But I couldn’t even get in the door. … You keep hoping things will change. The person they hired for that particular job I’m thinking of has had, like, three bombs in a row, but he’s a guy. It’s just kind of weird. Hopefully the high-profile status of Kathryn’s last movie can help change that and bust open a couple of doors. We can only pray, you know?

To what point will females have to prove themselves in order to show that they are creative, prolific, and able to artistically represent both men and women? Jezebel, which also wrote on Hardwicke’s jilting, published a short post highlighting the fact that even though there have been plenty of great movies this year that have been directed by women, very few have been nominated for prominent awards.

Whatever happened to the days of Nora Ephron and Sofia Coppola? Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, 2007) is in charge of Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, which is not necessarily female dominated. So why can’t Catherine Hardwicke make a movie about a male boxer? It’s not about disregarding the ability of male directors, or males in general, it’s just about recognizing the fact that females can do something, too.

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