Bath Film Festival has added a new classification to some of its films; F-rated. Films which get the F-rated certificate will be films with a female lead, director or films which are about women.
The hope is that it will highlight issues we have in cinema to do with the lack of women working in the film industry - and the way in which women are depicted on screen.
I think this is a pretty great idea, the representation of women in many films is pretty degrading to say the least, so even if the 'F-Rating' is a gimmick hopefully it will raise more awareness.
This is not unlike the 'Bechdel Test' which the BBC talks about in the rest of the article. Which is a test a film can pass or fail. The film only passes if two women in the film have a conversation that is not about a man. A horrendus amount of films fail this test.
A new feminist film classification is to be used at this year's Bath Film Festival to highlight the lack of women working in the movie industry. Organisers believe it is the first UK festival to use the "F-rating" which will go to 17 of the 42 films being shown. Films with a female lead, director or are about women will get the rating.