Science fiction literature is, at its best, not afraid of experiments, of intellectual speculation. It asks, as one critic has put it, the question, “What if?”


(Schelde, 1993)

Why Science Fiction

I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question, but in all honesty, my answers in the past have probably ranged from glib, to honest but superficial, to defensive or just plain frustrated that my gender could still raise any form of surprise when put next to said genre.

Yet through out the process of trying to define myself as a filmmaker and attempting to learn as much as I could about my own field, I’m happy to realise how valuable the question really is and that in the constant search to understand why, I can find answers and rare glimpses of truth in relation to seeing myself as an integral part of the films I make and coming to understand that I am trying to define my own female gaze within this genre.