- How Men tell Stories to other Men compared with how Women tell Stories to other Women, and the implications for story development, creative conversations and the story cultures within broadcasters and agencies.
- Gendered story worlds and settings.
- Power and female protagonists: the single world story where the power structure is male: Silence of the Lambs and The Handmaid’s Tale. And where the power structure is female: Orange Is the New Black.
- Power and female protagonists: the double world story where a female power structure exists inside a male one: Winter’s Bone.
- The Interesting questions around Power, Women and Action.
- Traditional notions of female power: Mrs. Miniver and the power of a woman who chooses not to speak, vs Erin Brokovitch and the power of a woman who does.
- Action in relation to power:
– Direct Action: Killing Eve
– Indirect Action: Winter’s Bone
– Disconnected action: Babette’s Feast
- Mixing direct, indirect and disconnected action sequences in female-led stories.
- Different female experiences in similar worlds: Ladies in Black, The Dressmaker and Let the Sunshine In.
- Melodrama: inside the genre custom-made to explore women and power. Classic melodrama, contemporary melodrama and mixing melodrama with other genres. The struggle of female characters trying to take control of their own lives from Douglas Sirk to Fleabag.