Tech Tuesday: ‘Gravity’ Defying Gender Stereotypes In Sci-Fi

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“Gravity”, the new sci-fi film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón takes on the critics by casting a woman in the lead role. According to a recent article on The Verge, women are a rare commodity when it comes to taking the lead in sci-fi films, more typically seen as love interests or supporting characters. But, Sandra Bullock, who plays the lead role as a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission, breaks the “traditional Hollywood mindset that science fiction is a male-dominated genre, with a male audience that wants to relate to a male lead”.

Recently, the director unveiled the trailer for the film at Comic-Con International, the annual pop culture, multi-genre convention. At the press conference, Cuarón said this is one of Bullock’s most “raw and emotionally honest” performances, and that audiences more familiar with her comedy roles in films such as Miss Congeniality and last month’s The Heat, will be surprised.

“Making this character female was hugely brave,” Bullock said at the press conference. “It’s not that you’re going, ‘oh, here’s a woman in space.’ It’s just a person. But the situations, I think, will feel fresh in a way that you haven’t experienced before.”

“Gravity” doesn’t just defy gender barriers, the entire setting of the film is a departure from what’s traditionally expected in this genre. If the film is even one iota as captivating as this trailer, then you can bet we will be waiting on line opening day!

The Warner Bros. film opens in U.S. theaters on Oct. 4.

  • gargouille

    Sigourney Weaver, cited by The Verge as the obvious exception to the rule, is more like the monopoly. She kicks it, don’t get me wrong. But it was as though since there were so many great Alien films over so much time, no other sci-fi role ever needed to written for a woman. It’s about time. And who beter to play it than an actress who started out as the female hero in an action-thriller (Speed)!