Lately, Carla and I have becoming more and more aware of being the only girls in our male-dominated filmmaking course. We are the only two girls amongst 10 boys – completely outnumbered!
However, we have been really lucky to have met and are working with some wonderful and inspiring female role models. We have a female Executive Producer, Judith Curran, who we are so lucky to be working with and reminds us that we can remain strong, brilliant women in the world of television.
I have also just met Carla’s family friend, Sue Wootton, a poet and children’s book author. She is another strong female role model, who is proud and unafraid to show her work in the male-dominated arena of poetry.
We have just read and article in the Otago Daily Times about Jane Campion, another NZ female powerhouse of the arts, who has resolutely stuck to her guns and done things her way, even in the face of people who challenge her filmmaking style. So, Judith Curran, Jane Campion, Jane and Carla – perhaps the JC’s have it!
However, perhaps the strongest female of our story is Mildred the tuatara. Mildred is representative of both the change in wildlife conservation attitudes as well as the power of the female – she is a ‘baby-factory’ for the tuatara which has brought the species back from the brink. Without captive females like her, the tuatara may have been just an illustration in a biology text book.