Although the term ‘chick flick’ (nearly always with a pejorative connotation) is a contemporary one, it can be seen to have many historical derivations. The films called up by the term often fall into well-recognised generic categories such as the romantic comedy or the melodrama, and always operate within a broader framework of gender politics.
This talk, presented by Professor Diane Negra, Head of Film Studies at UCD, will survey the wide range of films made for and marketed to women and will look at some of the ways that Hollywood has conceptualised the interests and desires of its female audience.
This event is FREE but ticketed. Please book your seat with the IFI Box Office.
This event is part of Beyond the Bechdel Test, our season throughout July focusing on the work of directors who have explored the complex ties between women that are an integral aspect of the films’ narratives, named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel who introduced the idea in her 1985 comic strip.