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TIFF UN/CUT: Jill Soloway on the female gaze

The creator of Transparent takes us to church

Aug 8, 2017

The great Jill Soloway is the creator, writer, director, and executive producer of Transparent. While Soloway was at TIFF '16 with the show's third season, they delivered a keynote address at the TIFF Industry Conference on the female gaze — which we’ve reproduced here.

On this week’s TIFF UN/CUT, Soloway’s keynote address delves deep into the norms of on-screen representation; the reality that pretty much everything you've ever seen on screen is basically the male gaze writ large; the dominance of cis males in the film and TV industry (and a better way to pronounce "cis males"); the idea that language itself can operate in a way that marginalizes matriarchal culture; protagonism, privilege, and the sense that "art is propaganda for the self"; a great idea for a feminist argument sports league; and the need for women to wrestle away the point of view from cis men and wield the power of the gaze.

Sit back and let Soloway take you to church.

Jill is currently an ambassador for TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign, a five-year initiative prioritizing gender parity within the film industry. To find out more about the campaign, please visit

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