To pass the Bechdel Test, a film:
1. Has to have at least two women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a man
Approximately 69% of IMDB's top 250 films fail the Bechdel Test.
This campaign appeals to those in the film industry, who create the films that we all consume, to commit to making sure that their films pass the Bechdel Test unless there is a specific reason* for them not to do so.
Films are watched by millions of people around the world, and influence our understanding of men’s and women’s place in society. They are one of the many contributing parts to a greater media environment which is still hugely sexist in its representation of women, and films affect what girls think about the possibilities for their place in the world as they grow up. As filmmakers, let’s take some responsibility for the effects of our industry and portray women doing more. Or at the very least, having conversations with each other.
The Pass the Bechdel Test campaign calls on filmmakers to sign up to a voluntary charter, to take the first steps to broaden the representation of women in film and to pass the Bechdel Test in their filmmaking.
*Examples of films where it's not practical to pass the Bechdel Test are: the film has three or less characters (e.g. Gravity, Buried), is set at a place and time where there were only men or very few women (e.g. Good Night, and Good Luck., Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), is based on a text that limits the possibilities (e.g. The Road).