Behind many great films is a great woman supervising music

If you've not heard these women’s names before it's because the music department is undervalued in the film production process.

It can be easy to forget sometimes that film is a collaborative effort. It’s common to think of the director as the ‘author’ of a piece, which discounts the creative contributions of the editor, the cinematographer, even the actors or screenwriter.

With this in mind, for International Women’s Day, I’d like to take a look even further behind the camera than the director, writer, or cinematographer, and spend some time appreciating some lesser-known women in lesser-known roles: the women who make up the music department.

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PhD candidate in cinema and screen studies based in Naarm. My current research area is revenge and justice in teen film, and I like to write about genre films, feminism and queer theory. I co-host a podcast called Pill Pop, an audio roadtrip for the chronically ill.