At the #WhatNext breakfast organised by Sundance London, women from all areas of the film industry discussed concrete ways in which to go beyond a general awareness of sexism, and forward into actual change.
The atmosphere last Wednesday at the #WhatNext breakfast at the Allbright, a women-only members club in London, UK, was electric but warm, calm yet urgent. It was odd and refreshing to be in one of those luxurious London townhouses where film events often take place, without finding myself stared at or talked to by some middle-aged man gracing me with his company and infinite wisdom. In fact, only two men were present that morning: one young journalist reporting on the event, and a Sundance London programmer.
Over three days in May-June, Sundance London screens a selection of some of the best films shown the previous January at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Many of those films are UK premieres of highly anticipated titles and this year, most of them were directed by women — 58%, an unprecedented number. Yet the festival went beyond this feat and made feminism in the film industry the theme of this year’s edition, which only makes sense in the wake of #MeToo.