Campion To Top Cannes Film Fest Jury

JANE Campion has been named president of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival jury.

The New Zealand filmmaker is the only woman director to have ever won the prestigious Palm d’Or, the festival’s grand prize, in its 67-year history. Campion, who took home the award in 1993 for The Piano, succeeds last year's jury president Steven Spielberg.

The announcement comes on the heels of yet another report on the miserable track record set by the industry on gender equality. Four years after Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in history to win an Oscar for best director [The Hurt Locker] , Variety reports that only two of the top grossing 100 movies of 2013 were directed by women. On the TV front, the Directors Guild of America [DGA] in a report released last October found that in the 2012-13 season, 72% of all primetime episodes were directed by men. The DGA study analysed more than 3300 episodes and 200 scripted series.

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