Toronto Turns Up the Volume on Women Film Composers

Published on Sep 13, 2019

The conversation about gender disparity in film—which tends to crescendo around big festivals and awards season—got some fresh intel last year when a University of Southern California study, looking at the 100 top films of each year from 2007 to 2017, revealed that only 16 women worked as composers in those films (43 women worked as directors).

Scan the credits of the 245 features screening in Toronto this year and you will find slightly over a dozen women composers. It may be a small ensemble for now, but these artists are making the kind of ear-catching music and smart career moves that are changing the mix.

The most talked about Toronto title, “The Joker,” is scored by Icelandic composer Hildur Guonadottir. Senegal-born, Kuwait-raised composer Fatima Al Qadiri scored Mati Diop’s Cannes Grand Prix-winning “Atlantics.” Heather Young’s “Murmur”— winner of the Fipresci Prize in Toronto’s Discovery strand—is scored by Brit composer Sarah DeCourcy.

Read full article at: Variety - Film News

Author: Jennie Punter