By forming their own production companies, female stars can help buck this trend and ensure they get decent roles too.

study, in films with at least one women director and/or writer, females comprised 57 per cent of protagonists.

Jodie Foster hatched Egg Pictures (“It’s feminine and about beginnings and doesn’t sound like Greek mythology,” she explained the name to put it.

Kirsten Dunst’s Wooden Spoons Productions is named in memory of her grandmother, who used to keep her in line with a wooden spoon.

Other producers on the family friendly picture include Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley, who will back the project through their label Lucky Chap Entertainment.

Bryan Unkeless from Clubhouse Pictures and Dan Krech are also listed as producers." data-reactid="20" series, which the actress helped launch.

She couldn’t help but notice that she didn’t have a single scene with another woman in any of them. On the films she produces through Vikarious, women will always be foregrounded.

The point about Lisa Langseth’s , the first feature made through Vikarious and in which Vikander stars, is that all the main characters are women.In films with exclusively male directors and/or writers, females accounted for 18 per cent of protagonists,” Lauzen notes.Over the past 25 years, many leading female stars have set up their own production companies as a matter of course.If they are involved in the casting and financing of their films, they won’t be obliged to take meetings in hotel rooms with hirsute moguls in dressing gowns. “We’re clearly seeing more women realising that if they want substantial roles, they will have to create them,” says Dr Martha M Lauzen, executive director of the San Diego-based Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film.“While we have seen actresses create their own production companies since the early days of film, it does seem that women who have some power in their business are now using that influence to fill the void left by largely male teams of writers and producers.” Lauzen makes the practical point that when the writers, directors and producers are predominantly male and are making movies about their own experiences, they’re likely to come up with stories featuring male characters.“Female-centric stories about complicated women” is how her business partner Beth Kono recently characterised the type of projects it embraces, whether grim biopics like (2016), screened widely on the festival circuit.