Competitive Titles

OLIVER'S WOMEN

There's plenty of popular books on the market that tap into the audience for Oliver's Women. Some target behind-the-scenes struggles of movie making, others focus on women’s issues like the lack of opportunity for females to become Hollywood directors, and still others examine the social networks of the business like the young directors of the 1970’s “New Hollywood.”

 

But there is no book on the market that specifically focuses on female character depictions by a single top director.

That’s where Oliver’s Women stands alone on the market.

Following are several of the best-known titles that are most closely aligned with Oliver's Women.

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Chasing the Light – Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game

Oliver Stone (Octopus Publishing Group, 2020, hardcover, kindle, audiobook; 2021 paperback, Movie Director Biographies)

Oliver's Women, like Chasing the Light, is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like to make big-time feature films in the “Movie Game” in spite of enormous obstacles. Both books look through the eyes of Oliver Stone, one of the most successful and groundbreaking film directors of all time, but, while Oliver’s autobiography makes bare mention of Hollywood patriarchy, Oliver's Women goes further and drills down into the subject of female depictions in modern day Hollywood. As we focus on the females, through exclusive interviews with Oliver, we see the roadblocks to gender equity in a system where only sex sells. Another difference is that this book's narrow thematic focus allows it to cover the director’s entire career, while Chasing the Light spans just his first twelve years. Oliver's Women is the perfect companion book to Chasing the Light, but specifically geared toward people that are “woke” to gender equity

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and Rock ‘n Roll Generation Saved Hollywood


by Peter Biskind (2012, hardcover, paperback, kindle, audio book, Movie Industry)
 

In Easy Riders, Raging Bulls the rebellious wave of talented young filmmakers that upset the early 1970’s Hollywood establishment is examined by renowned entertainment author Peter Biskind. Oliver’s Women, however, examines a rebel that Biskind overlooked: Oliver Stone. While Easy Rider, Raging Bulls’ is a vivid chronicle of days of excess and bratty fights among the New Hollywood boys, Oliver’s Women takes a more culturally competent approach toward the social meanings of the making, producing, and mass distributing female images in American films. It stands on the shoulders of one of the strongest bodies of work out there and need not delve into sordid stories of drugs and booze just for the drama of it all

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The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood


by Naomi McDougall Jones, (2021, Paperback, Entertainment Industry)
 

Like The Wrong Kind of Women, Oliver’s Women draws on extensive interviews and studies about Hollywood’s patriarchal problem. Both books have been informed by the authors’ own careers and combines this with the experiences of other Hollywood insiders. But, whereas The Wrong Kind of Women targets things like the reality of shockingly low numbers of female directors out there, Oliver’s Women turns the lens to on-screen character depictions that are spread to wide audiences and exposes the sexist roadblocks that the “industry” throws up at every stage; from pre-production to exhibition. Where The Wrong Kind of Women takes a look at Hollywood sexism through the eyes of a woman, Oliver’s Women goes for a worm’s eye view of sexism in Hollywood…as experienced by a man