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curated: male filmmaker attempts to get Film Twitter to shun a female critic and female-led publication who gave him a bad review

It is not difficult to find out this filmmaker’s name and the name of the film in question. It’s not my place to reveal those, but I wonder why are we all protecting him. He deserves to be shamed, and his behavior should preclude him from having any critic review his work ever again.

One way to strike back? If you’re on Twitter, follow pub Seventh Row (@SeventhRow) and editor Alex (@bwestcineaste).


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  • Danielm80

    If we could make his films go away by not reviewing them, then I would fully support that strategy. But because sexism isn’t going away, we need even more critics to talk about his work, and challenge his ideas. The criticism clearly upsets him, and it might give him an incentive to change–or at least show other filmmakers what not to do.

  • Beowulf

    Well, I couldn’t find it.
    So this is pretty much that some people see a jerk peeing in the coffee machine but no one wants to out him?

  • Danielm80

    However, we didn’t want to be perceived as trying to use this situation to drive traffic to the review — and given how quickly his behaviour has escalated, we were also wary of what might follow if we publicly named the director.

    If the film becomes too controversial, the publicity might also turn it into a hit. On the other hand, as I said earlier, these sorts of movies do need to be challenged publicly, if we want the stereotypes to die.

    It actually sounds, to me, like the sort of undistinguished film that would normally die a quick death, but if you want to read about it, here’s the review:

    https://seventh-row.com/2016/11/17/taking-stock-gabe-klinger-porto/

  • Beowulf

    Thank you.
    Good review.
    Hope this wasn’t poor Anton Yelchin’s last film.

  • It was.

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