GTFO: Get The F&#% Out
Directed by Shannon Sun-Higginson
Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry riddled with discrimination and misogyny. Every year, the gaming community grows increasingly diverse. This has led to a clash of values and women are receiving the brunt of the consequences every day, with acts of harassment ranging from name calling to death threats. Through interviews with video game creators, journalists, and academics, GTFO paints a complex picture of the video game industry, while revealing the systemic and human motivations behind acts of harassment. GTFO begins the conversation that will shape the future of the video game world.
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★★★★★ review by Stephen Attong on Letterboxd
Finally a film about, in my opinion, the worst aspect of gaming culture. Video games should be fun, yet the platform/industry/ecosystem makes it easy for many to say horrific mysoginistic things using their keyboard. It’s part of a wider problem of the internet in general, but this film delves deep into how it fosters itself in video game culture as well as how women are represented in gaming. Overall, a great film to watch even if you’re not interested in gaming yourself.
★★★★½ review by dinah takitov on Letterboxd
I knew women in gaming experienced a lot of misogyny, but this really drives home just how prevalent the experience is -- and it is deeply disturbing.
★★★★ review by Jeremy Thomas on Letterboxd
GTFO is a movie that everyone in the gaming community should see. Shannon Sun-Higginson's film, which was funded on Kickstarter, is an excellent look at the problem of sexism in the video game industry on several levels. This is an activist documentary and it presents its arguments with a definite goal in mind, which is one that it tackles quite effectively. The abuse that some of the interviewees in the film have suffered is unconscionable and whether you agree with their individual points or not on one issue or another, it is impossible to deny that there is a problem when you see what they've been through.
If there are problems with the film, they are understandable ones. Critics may point out that Sun-Higginson doesn't offer a balanced perspective, but in truth it would be difficult to defend much of the things that the film touches on and frankly that's not the point anyway. An activist film that presents one side of an issue is fine when the film is clearly positioned as such, and this is that case. The other potential complaint would be the video and audio quality of some interviews, which appear to have been done remotely via the internet (likely for budgetary reasons). Ultimately GTFO is a great look at a topic that could use a wider light shined on it and is well worth seeing.
★★★½ review by David Emery on Letterboxd
I weep for humanity.
★★★½ review by jon_nunan on Letterboxd
People are such pricks
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