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Reviews

Women vs Hollywood is encyclopaedic, illuminating and passionate all at once, and O'Hara's erudition and love of film shine throughout
Sunday Independent
I will be quoting this liberally on Girls On Film - it's an enlightening page-turner, stacked with stories and stats that will have your jaw on the floor. Thanks to O'Hara's thorough research and sparkling writing, it works as an engaging alternative history of Hollywood as well as an important feminist film text and a call to action. I'd recommend it to any open-minded film lover, whether or not they identify as feminist - and who knows, they might do by the end
Anna Smith, film critic, broadcaster and host of the Girls On Film podcast
Helen O'Hara exposes Hollywood's dirty secrets and double standards in a fascinating-slash-infuriating story of the women who wanted to make movies and the men who held them back. This is the film history we need: one that gives leading roles to people who usually only get to be background players
Pamela Hutchinson, film historian and critic
Women have long been pushed to one side in Hollywood. This essential book puts them back where they belong: firmly in the spotlight. A celebration of their triumphs and clear-eyed recounting of their travails, it's an incisive, eye-opening and riveting read. More than that, it'll leave you itching with indignation and wanting to see a change to the status quo. A vital call to arms for a fairer, brighter future
Nick de Semlyen, film critic and author of <i>Wild and Crazy Guys
A must read
Edgar Wright
A fascinating polemic
Sunday Times
This call to arms puts the spotlight back where it belongs: on the women who helped make Hollywood
Radio Times
A page-turning read, peppered with humour
Sight & Sound
The book is so well-written and researched - a fantastic read that beautifully celebrates women in Hollywood
Edith Bowman, broadcaster
Women Vs Hollywood is a powerful, sobering and vital work. Essential reading for anyone interested in the film business
The Mail on Sunday
Essential reading for all serious film fans
James King, film critic and author of <i>Fast Times and Excellent Adventures</i> and <i>Be More Keanu</i>
Women vs Hollywood is fascinating and righteous. The research is incredible, as is the storytelling. It'll be a game changer for how the history of women in film is considered and told. The history is rich and deep and robust, but O'Hara also has such a precise point of view. An incredible piece of work that is as inspiring as it is informative
Terri White, editor-in-chief of <i>Empire</i> and author of <i>Coming Undone</i>
The stories of these pioneering women directors are well-researched and enthusiastically told here through archives, scholarship, and where possible, interviews with the women whose experiences are at the heart of this book . . . Women vs Hollywood is a great introduction to the fight women have on their hands if they want to work in the movies
BBC History Magazine