Good piece, but it seems to me that she’s just about the worst possible choice for laying-out the reasons why female directors typically face a tougher career path. She’s a director who wanted to work for studios, made pretty broad movies and had no distinct discernible personal style, and yet refused to schmooze and turned down studio gigs. There’s no mystery here. She didn’t play the game.
It’s to Hollywood’s great shame that white males so utterly dominate what goes on behind the camera, but, let’s face it, getting any film made that you personally want to make’s damn tough. Just look at a guy like Guillem Morales, who has been allowed to make just two films six years apart, both very interesting, and had to wait another five years just to get a tv directing gig, on the excellent Inside No 9.