New York Times: Female Composers Are Trying to Break Film's Sound Barrier

By Time Greiving

10 January 2019

Composers have been hired for two forthcoming blockbusters about warrior women — “Wonder Woman 1984,” directed and co-written by Patty Jenkins, and “Mulan,” directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by three women.

The composers: Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams. Both, plainly, dudes.

More than just a missed opportunity to lend flinty female heroes a female musical voice, the announcements were simply the latest examples of women being sorely unheard in film music. A 2018 studyby the University of Southern California revealed that for the top 100 fictional films at the box office every year from 2007 to 2017, only 16 female composers were hired, compared with more than 1,200 men.

Read the full article in the New York Times.