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Female directors and the progress myth

With the success of her new film Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins looks to have triple-kicked through the Hollywood’s glass ceiling. But are things really getting better for women who direct films, or does the industry still have a stubborn sexism problem?

By Lucinda Smyth  

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot. Photo: DC Entertainment/Zuma Press/PA Images

2017 is shaping up to be a good year for female filmmakers—or so we’re told. In May, Sofia Coppola became the second woman to win a Best Director award at Cannes Film Festival. Last weekend, the release of Lucia Aniello’s Rough Night made her the first woman to direct an R-rated comedy for a major studio in two decades. Then there is the summer success story: Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman has raked in a record $570m at the box office, making it the highest…

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