"I could write a short thesis on why there were so many men in the film industry," says Mike Figgis. "And I'd say it was to do with the weight of the equipment."

Bird's Eye View, Britain's first major festival devoted to the work of female filmmakers, opens tomorrow, and to mark the occasion, the Guardian UK has asked a handful of movie types to hold forth on the dearth of women in cinema. Whilst Figgis goes on to recoup his silly statement somewhat by admitting that "those physical conditions no longer prevail", I'm rather astounded by how many of the opinions - from festival patrons including Anthony Minghella and Sarah Radclyffe - amount to not much more than, "Good question - I dunno." Go astound yourself here, and then ponder: how, exactly, does hiring Jerry Hall to host your film festival fix the problem?

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