Helen O’Hara’s superb-looking new film book goes on sale this week – more details right this way.

The terrific-looking new book from Helen O’Hara goes on sale this week. There aren’t too many new film books arriving from publishers at the moment, but even if there were, this one would still look really quite special.

It’s call Women Vs Hollywood: The Rise And Fall Of Women In Film, and it’s published on Thursday 18th February by Robinson. It’ll be available in both hardback and on Kindle, and you can find more information, and order yourself a copy, right here.

The synopsis of it reads:

The dawn of cinema was a free-for-all, and there were women who forged ahead in many areas of filmmaking. Early pioneers like Dorothy Arzner (who invented the boom mic, among other innovations) and Alice Guy-Blaché shaped the way films are made. But it wasn’t long before these talented women were pushed aside and their contributions written out of film history. How and why did this happen?

Hollywood was born just over a century ago, at a time of huge forward motion for women’s rights, yet it came to embody the same old sexist standards. Women found themselves fighting a system that feeds on their talent, creativity and beauty but refuses to pay them the same respect as their male contemporaries – until now…

The tide has finally begun to turn. A new generation of women, both in front of and behind the camera, are making waves in the industry and are now shaping some of the biggest films to hit our screens. There is plenty of work still needed before we can even come close to gender equality in film – but we’re finally headed in the right direction.

In Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film, Empire’s ‘geek queen’ Helen O’Hara takes a closer look at the pioneering and talented women of Hollywood and their work in film since Hollywood began. Equal representation in film matters because it both reflects and influences wider societal gender norms. In understanding how women were largely written out of Hollywood’s own origin story, and how the films we watch are put together, we can finally see how to put an end to a picture that is so deeply unequal – and discover a multitude of stories out there just waiting to be told.

 Our order is already in…

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