A celebration of some of our favourite women in games and film, and the women who brought them to life.
The Alien protagonist portrayed by eternal badass Sigourney Weaver (who earned herself an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Leading Newcomer, and four Saturn Award nominations for Best Actress for the franchise) made film history challenging gender roles, the position of sci-fi and horror genres, and smashing the damsel in distress trope into a thousand tiny pieces.
The first woman to step into the starring role in a Star Wars film, Rey has fast become a beloved icon for fans of the franchise the world over. Perhaps even better than the groundbreaking decision to position a female Jedi origin story at the core of the Star Wars continuation, are the women behind bringing her into reality: Daisy Ridley and Kathleen Kennedy.
Daisy Ridley was basically unknown before being cast as Rey, and has somehow managed to handle being thrust into the brightest of spotlights with unassuming grace, humility and an inspiring humanitarian nature.
Kathleen Kennedy is a hollywood powerhouse producer and President of Lucasfilm Ltd. Third only to Spielberg and Stan Lee in domestic box office receipts, having worked on E.T, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List and now Star Wars, Kennedy is basically the epitome of a totally rad boss lady.
Elizabeth surprised us all with her story, character development and capabilities in 2013’s BioShock Infinite. Players fears that the gameplay experience would be an “extended escort mission” were quickly dashed when it became evident that Elizabeth had been designed to help you more than you can possibly help her. Praised for her complexity, vulnerability, strength and humanity, Elizabeth stands in a league of her own in a world where female video game characters have a long way to come.
Elizabeth was voiced by actress Courtnee Draper, who was nominated for a British Academy Games Award for Performer and won a Spike Video Game Award (Best Song) for her performance of Infinite’s defining song “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”. Elizabeth was also brought to life by motion capture performer Heather Gordon, game designer Amanda Jeffrey and cosplayer Anna Ormelli.
What more needs to be said than, “Lara flippin’ Croft”? Synonymous with adventure, bravery, strength and intelligence, Lara is the face of one of the longest running video game franchises in history. Since her debut in 1996, Lara has grown from eye candy to female gaming icon, with great praise particularly directed towards the Crystal Dynamics “Tomb Raider” franchise for humanising Lara’s origin story and evolution into the hardened Tomb Raider we know so well.
Lara is currently presented to the world by acclaimed writer Rhianna Pratchett, actress Camilla Luddington and Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie.
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Ally McLean | Producer