New Hollywood – the period in American cinema that spans the late 1960s to early ‘80s – ushered in a new generation of young actors, writers and directors, disenchanted with the studio system and inspired by the films coming out of Europe at the time.

The names now most often associated with the period – Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, the list (overwhelmingly male) goes on – have cemented places for themselves in the Hollywood hall of fame. But where were the women?

Attitudes may have been changing but the working environment was still very challenging for women – throughout this season we’ll see that their work was often going uncredited, securing funding and distribution deals was harder than it was for men, and many films directed by women remain hard to find.

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