Gender diverse storytelling.
F Word Films was founded in 2017 by Laura Jane Turner in response to the male dominated landscape of the film industry and the lack of interesting roles for women on screen. Our core purpose is to create, elevate and support the voices, stories and experiences of gender diverse and LGBTQIA+ people.
In 2018, we co-created the multi-award winning online series, Last Breath with Girls Act Good, a collective of women actors, directors, writers, producers, theatre-makers and filmmakers based in Melbourne.
Our most recent work is an adaption of Cate Kennedy’s short story, The Testosterone Club from her award winning short stories collection, Dark Roots. During the creation of The Testosterone Club, we committed to hiring women in key creative roles and further ensured that 50% of our crew were gender diverse.
Why gender diversity matters to us.
According to the 2020 Celluloid Ceiling report, while the number of women working behind the scenes in the top 250 grossing films has incrementally increased over the last few years, only 23% of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers identified as women in 2020.
Research confirms that the diversity of the people working behind the camera directly influences the kinds of stories told and the diversity of casts.
Authentically representing the world we live in on screen can increase self-esteem, particularly in groups who have been historically marginalised and under represented.
Representation has the power to inspire.
In order to pursue a dream, one needs to know it's a possibility to begin with. The media plays a huge role in influencing people, and particularly young people. This is demonstrated by the influence of The X-Files on generations of women entering STEM fields.
F Word Films hopes to follow in the footsteps of Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories, Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford's Aquarius Films by creating or adapting uniques stories that inspire, challenge and entertain.