Here on BtGS, we regularly discuss how female characters in SFF are depicted on-screen. From the infamous bikini armour to simply being absent from male-centric narratives โ€“ women have had their fair share of problematic portrayals. But is the tide turning? Joining us to help answer this question is award-winning director Kate Madison.

Texts mentioned in this episode:

  • Born of Hope
  • Avengers
  • The Walking Dead
  • Wonder Woman
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Star Trek: Original Series
  • The Witcher
  • Game of Thrones
  • Star Wars
  • Ren: The Girl with the Mark
  • Robin Hood
  • The Matrix
  • King Arthur
  • Little Women
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Hunger Games
  • Labyrinth
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  • Gulliver’s Travels

Kate Madison directed, produced and acted in the Lord of the Rings prequel, โ€˜Born of Hopeโ€™, released on the internet in December 2009 with over 50 million views to date. She also wrote and directed the award-winning fantasy series Ren: The Girl with the Mark, available to view on Amazon Prime.

Follow Kate on twitter @ActorsatWork. The Kickstarter for Ren season 2 is now live.