Latest in Entertainment

Image credit: BFI

IMDb adds 'F-Rating' to help users identify feminist-friendly movies

Over 21,800 films have met the criteria so far.
12968 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

BFI

In a bid to highlight movies that celebrate women in cinema, popular film information site IMDb has incorporated a new feminist classification into its listings. In order for a movie to earn the new 'F-Rating', it must either be written or directed by a woman or feature significant female characters on screen in their own right. Created in 2014 by Bath Film Festival director Holly Tarquini, the new classification has since been adopted by over 40 cinemas and film festivals in the UK. Tarquini states that 21,800 films have been awarded the rating on IMDb so far.

With Hollywood largely seen as a male dominated industry, IMDb embracing the rating could have a positive impact on highlighting gender inequality while simultaneously celebrating women in film.

The criteria for the F-Rating was inspired by the renowned feminist movie barometer, the "Bechdel Test". Originating from a comic strip by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the characters in the comic decide that a movie should include at least two women talking to each other about something other than a man. Surprisingly to some, there are many films that do not manage to achieve this, including The Lord of The Rings and the original Star Wars trilogies.

Recent movies that have been awarded a triple star rating for meeting all the criteria include Frozen, American Honey and Bridget Jones' Baby. While it isn't live yet, the F-Rating is due to be rolled out on IMDb imminently.

Source: BBC
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
12968 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

New York state bans sales of flavored e-cigarettes

New York state bans sales of flavored e-cigarettes

View
After Math: Shut it down, shut it all down

After Math: Shut it down, shut it all down

View
The best USB-C hubs and docks

The best USB-C hubs and docks

View
'Gears 5' will add new modes and maps in its first six months

'Gears 5' will add new modes and maps in its first six months

View
Hulu's 'Castle Rock' season 2 teaser shows the origins of 'Misery'

Hulu's 'Castle Rock' season 2 teaser shows the origins of 'Misery'

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr