To pass the Bechdel Test for Women in Movies, a movie has to answer three questions:
1. Are there two or more female characters with names?
2. Do they talk to each other?
3. If they talk to each other, do they talk about something other than a man?
What % of movies would pass the test if you replace female with male? Almost all.
Is this test flawed? Possibly. Is it overly simplistic? Definitely. It doesn’t make a movie good or bad if it passes this test, but it is certainly thought-provoking, isn’t it? So few real women characters exist. And if they do exist, they exist to talk about a man. It’s the sad reality of chicks in flicks.
But think about your life. Aren’t there strong, interesting women? Why aren’t they in the scripts??
Out of my class of 36, I think 6 movies pass this test. Not even 20%. And that’s in the indie, student world…
Something to think about as you write your next script/make your next film.
via John August