The Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (long name), has just released its annual report on diversity in film. Unfortunately for the 2015 year, not much has changed in comparison to 2014 (and even 2007 in some cases).
The report analyzed “4,370 speaking or named characters in 2015’s top films” and found that 68.6% were male, while 31.4% were female. Although female leads saw an 11% increase from 2014 (to 32%), of the 107 directors, only 7.5% were female. In terms of race, 73.7% of speaking or named characters were white, 12.2% were black, 5.3% were Hispanic, and 3.9% were Asian. Of the directors, only 10 were black or Asian. LGBT has under 1% representation in speaking or named roles, while disabled representation came in at 2.4%. There were no Asian or LGBT lead or co-leads in 2015’s top films.
It is amazing how the numbers have done little to improve from 2014. While film continues to struggle, television is extremely prosperous for diverse actors and actresses. Why film has not increased in matching stride with television, I can not say. Hopefully 2016 will have better results, but there is no excuse for numbers such as LGBT representation having less than 1% in film.