Have you ever got halfway through watching a film and realised that – wait a minute! – there are hardly any female characters and all they’re doing is looking attractive and chatting about their relationships with men?
But now there’s a new way to uncover feminist films before you waste an evening watching something that makes you die inside.
To be given an F-rating, a film must either:
• Have been directed by a woman
• Have been written by a woman
“The F-Rating is a great way to highlight women on screen and behind the camera," said Col Needham, the founder and CEO of IMDb.
21,800 films have been awarded the F-Rating so far, according to Tarquini, including favourites such as American Honey, Frozen, and Bridget Jones’ Baby, which have earned a ‘triple rating’ as they meet all three criteria.
Other F-Rated films include Metropolis, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Girl on the Train, Freaky Friday, Animal Farm and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
"The F-Rating is intended to make people talk about the representation of women on and off screen," said Tarquini.
"It's exciting when new organisations decide to join us in shining a light both on the brilliant work women are doing in film and on how far the film industry lags behind most other industries, when it comes to providing equal opportunities to women," she added.
"But our real goal is to reach the stage when the F-Rating is redundant because 50% of the stories we see on screen are told by and about film's unfairly under-represented half of the population – women."