When did you realize you had to work ten, twenty, thirty times harder?
Rosalie Carn is the actress, director and producer of "The Flip Side," a short thriller that explores how celebrity and an identity crisis can lead to cold vengeance. She believes there is still a lot to do in the film industry when it comes to gender equality. You and many others acknowledge that progress has been made, but steps are still to be taken as of today. With an all-female cast and crew for her film, she helps create opportunities for women in film on her small scale and wants others to know that this is not only possible but also crucial.
“The first thing I noticed was that there were no women on the set. I was surprised by their absence. “And even more surprising were the roles the women played did to have. When I first stepped on film sets, I was amazed at how many women were in assistant or runner jobs and how many men were in decision-making positions.
What made me feel uncomfortable at times was the "tough competition" between women; There was always a feeling of tension. It felt like this rivalry had only one goal and that was to look good in the eyes of the director or "decision maker". And what would happen would be that there was a lot of sabotage.
For example, one day I arrived on set and was told to wait in one area while everyone was looking for me in a different area. One of the actresses heard about it and told everyone that I was going to be late. And in reality I wasn't too late! I just did what I was told. "Don't make excuses if you're late," she said. Impressive! I felt violent. And now I was "poor little Rosalie" who was wrongly judged.
But strangely enough, I also realized that most of the opportunities I got in my career were thanks to the help and kindness of some very special women. And that's the irony – we could all benefit from mutual aid.
When did I realize that being a woman was a disadvantage? There is actually a joke from a French comic book … Gad Elmaleh. "I will no longer be scared on a plane if people stop applauding when they land." That's how I feel about this question.
As long as we consider it “extraordinary” for a woman to be a filmmaker, there will be a problem.
When I saw that being a filmmaker was viewed as "big" and "difficult", I knew I had to do it – to prove everyone wrong. I wanted to do it, of course, to be a filmmaker.
There is one aspect of the problem that we seldom talk about, which is that people think it is only the woman's job to fix it. It is not. It's everyone's job. We do not discriminate in the animal kingdom. We treat dogs the same, they have the same needs.
So it's also the job of men to do things the same in the film industry. You shouldn't think that this is something that is currently in vogue. You hear that a woman has been hired just because she's a woman. No! She had to work twice as hard as men just to get the same chance as them.
I read "Become Michelle Obama" and she says there have been so many times in her life that she was the only woman in the room and the only black woman!
I think we need to educate too. The idea is to get a positive and accurate representation of women in the media. Children should be educated that we do not treat girls differently and that they deserve the same opportunities as boys. It should be as simple as anything else we teach kids – "Be careful, this is hot, it hurts". It is also important that writers (men or women) can create complex, real, and modern female characters outside of stereotypes. Otherwise we only represent a perception of the population. It is important to have all of the views. History is only written by the winners. If we don't take that into account, the truth is a bit biased.
Right now, good films are popping up that were made by women or with strong female characters and stories. That's not to say that all films should be made by women, but we do need to have an accurate view of reality and a better balance.
Tilda Swinton explains it beautifully: “Whatever the movie is (…) it's an invitation to slip into someone else's shoes. (…) You step into someone else's shoes and look out of his lens, you look out of his eyes and his imagination. & # 39;
Well, I would like to know what it is like to walk in different people's shoes, to understand the world we live in, to relate to others.
I know it might sound a bit clichéd, but wouldn't it be a better world if we realized that being a filmmaker isn't an extraordinary thing?
After all, although there are still differences between men and women in the film industry and the task seems difficult, I always end up remembering the quote from Mark Twain:
"They didn't know it was impossible, so they did".
The teaser trailer for "The Flip Side" can be found on the crowdfunding page and on Facebook or Instagram.
About Isabelle Karpinski
Isabelle graduated from Goldsmiths University of London with a degree in Psychology before embarking on a career in events production before moving into film and television production. Her recent credits include a Sky One comedy and a Jamie Harrison music video. She is also a writer and photographer and lives in London.