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‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ Receives Certification for Gender-Balanced Film

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ Receives Certification for Gender-Balanced Film

Today, ReFrame and IMDBPro announced the 20 Certified Gender-Balanced Films of 2018. ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ is one of the recipients of the 2018 ReFrame Stamp among the Top 100 Grossing Films! You can read more about the certification below.

The ReFrame coalition of industry leaders and IMDBPro have unveiled 20 movies certified as gender-balanced productions among the top 100 box office films released in 2018.

The list includes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” Paramount Pictures’ “Bumblebee,” Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “The Favourite,” STX’s “I Feel Pretty,” Lionsgate’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” Fox’s “The Hate U Give,” and Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians.”

ReFrame, founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, launched the data initiative last June in an effort to recognize and promote gender-balanced films and television shows. It said Wednesday that the increase in recipients of the ReFrame Stamp from 12 in 2017 to 20 stemmed from gains in the roles of department heads and women-of-color leads and co-leads. Still, the report noted that there remained shortfalls in several key areas.

“This positive news within the top 100 films is offset by the significant discrepancy in female hires with only four women directors as compared to six in 2017 — and only one of those directors being a woman of color,” it said. “Additionally, the numbers continue to reveal huge disparities in female representation and women of color with only 23% of the top 100 films being written by a female. Only 37% percent of the top 100 films featured female leads, with 9% being women of color.”

Paul Feig, who received a ReFrame stamp for “A Simple Favor,” said in the announcement that he is hopeful the certification will become as important as the MPAA rating for audiences to help them find films that uphold their beliefs and standards.

“The ReFrame Stamp is a great motivating tool in the march toward parity in our industry,” Feig said. “I am always hyper aware of its criteria and importance whenever I’m looking for new projects, developing them, and putting together our casts and crews. And as an ambassador for ReFrame, I am always trying to make the people I both work with and meet in the industry understand the Stamp and how to qualify for it.”

“Crazy Rich Asians” producer Nina Jacobson said, “The ReFrame Stamp provides something we’ve never had before, a concrete measurement of a producer’s commitment to parity and the language to acknowledge that commitment. It is also an incredibly useful tool that I use as a guide when we staff our productions.”

Recipients of the 2018 ReFrame Stamp among the Top 100 Grossing Films

The Spy Who Dumped Me / USA 2018 (Director: Susanna Fogel, Screenwriters: Susanna Fogel, David
Iserson, Producers: Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins, Distributor: Lionsgate)

Source: Variety

Susanna Fogel talks making ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’

Susanna Fogel talks making ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’

Susanna Fogel, the writer/director of ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me‘, was interviewed by HMV.com. She talked about making the movie and her hopes for a sequel. Read the entire conversation below! 

One of 2018’s finest comedies arrives on DVD shelves this week in the shape of the both thrilling and hilarious The Spy Who Dumped Me.

The film, which took $75 million at the box office back in the summer, followed Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. The pair play best friends Audrey and Morgan, who somehow get involved in an undercover mission after Audrey’s unassuming ex-boyfriend Drew shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail…

Starring alongside Kunis and McKinnon are Gillian Anderson, Sam Heughan and Justin Theroux, with Susanna Fogel, director of Life Partners, taking charge of this one.

As the film arrives on DVD shelves, we spoke to Fogel about how she made the film and her plans to make another…

The film has been out for a few months now, were you pleased with the reaction it got?
“It’s been interesting. I was thrilled at the audience and I was so happy to have made the movie. Making a buddy comedy with funny women was something I wanted to do for a long time and lots of people have told it was something they’d been waiting to see.”
“What surprised me was the critical response. Some critics were surprised by the action and how brutal it was, and did that play into gender politics? That’s been interesting. But I’m mostly very, very happy.”

This isn’t your debut film, but it’s certainly a whole new scale for you. How was the experience of making the film?
“It was wonderful. It was all the things you’d expect to be challenging. The shooting schedule was tough, but it was so much fun. Everyone was so excited about what we were doing. I’d psyched myself up to believe it would be a battle, but if you’re well prepared and do your homework, you’ll be fine.”

You talked about the action sequences and how brutal they are. Those look fun, but they must be stressful to direct and take a long time…
“It’s intricate ballet. You’ve got to make them safe and interesting. We weren’t going for slapstick comedy, they’re not stupid. We had a stunt collaborator from the James Bond movies and that was the vibe I wanted. I wanted those sequences to be fast and feel real. They take a long time to do and it’s a lot of planning. But it’s so rewarding when you get it right.”

In a lot of Hollywood comedies, directors like to leave space for improvisation on set. Given the background of some of your actors, especially Kate McKinnon, did you incorporate much of that?
“It was a real mix. There are scenes in the movie with a lot of improv. You can’t open up the big set pieces or the action scenes to improv. That would be hell. But we did leave some room for it. I’m not a director who believes that any improv you come up with on the day will trump the script, but I want to leave some room for it. For Kate, this is her biggest role and I didn’t want her to think she had to come to set every day with some new riff on the script. I wanted her because she’s a brilliant actress.”

It’s a great cast, you must have been delighted with who you ended up with…
“Everyone was so hard-working and just nice people. There was no negativity. This film felt like an opportunity for a lot of people. It was for Sam Heughan, it was a big role in a movie and his first comedy, for Kate it was a chance to do something that wasn’t just comedy, a really dramatic role, and for Mila, she had been able to show off her passion and how funny she is. It made for a really positive set.”

Have you said goodbye to these characters? Or can you see a path to a sequel?
“I would love to make a sequel. It depends on algorithms that go beyond my knowledge, but I would love it. We have the story all mapped out, I know exactly where the characters are and hopefully, we can do it.”

Finally, is your next project locked and loaded?
“David (Iserson, co-writer) and I are working on a slightly strange kind of superhero movie. That’s a long road. I’ve got some television in development too. I think for female directors, there are fewer opportunities to broaden out. There are lots of men who get the chance to do everything, they do action, they do drama, they do comedy, and for women, it does feel a bit like you get your lane and that’s where they want you to stay. I want to do as much and in as many genres as I can.”