French and Film Studies researcher Dr. Alison Smith has recently  published an article on women working behind the camera in France, in the book Working in the Global Film and Television Industries, edited by Andrew Dawson and Sean Holmes (Bloomsbury Academic).

Dr. Smith’s article, ‘Les chefs-opératrices: Women behind the camera in France’, looks at the career patterns of those women who have succeeded in making a mark as Directors of Photography (DPs) in the French industry. The profession of DP is still overwhelmingly male-dominated across the globe, although the French cinema has historically been very slightly more favourable than others to women in this position. The article tracks the opportunities which have been made available to women who wish to work behind the camera, the limits of those opportunities and possible future prospects in a rapidly changing industry.