Not many women-led narratives are produced in this part of the world because men-led narratives have been produced over the years and have also made a great sum on the box office, so the tradition continues. On the flip side, in another part of the world, a women-led narrative, The Queen’s Gambit, has broken all records on Netflix, with over 62 million households worldwide preferred to watch the show.
Netflix’s original, The Queen’s Gambit, based on a novel, reached its true potential after its release within 28 days of its release. The show has become the streaming service’s biggest scripted limited series ever, which follows the rise of chess prodigy Beth Harmon in the middle of the 20th century.
Netflix announced the milestone on Twitter, saying, “A record-setting 62 million households chose to watch The Queen’s Gambit in its first 28 days, making it Netflix’s biggest scripted limited series to date.”
A record-setting 62 million households chose to watch The Queen’s Gambit in its first 28 days, making it Netflix's biggest scripted limited series to date. pic.twitter.com/TVC3p4i5Bv
— Netflix (@netflix) November 23, 2020
Fun facts related to The Queen’s Gambit:
1 – The series made the Top 10 in 92 countries & ranked #1 in 63 countries
2 – The novel has entered The New York Times bestseller list, 37 years after its release.
3 – Google searches for “How To Play Chess” have hit a nine-year peak
4 – According to the International Chess Federation, the show’s discussion has led people to take a keen interest in next year’s World Championship.
5 – The Queen’s Gambit actress Anya Taylor was recently spotted donning a gorgeous statement pair of earrings from Esfir jewels based in Pakistan. A splendid collaboration for Pakistan, for sure.
Netflix wrote in a post about the director of the series, “It’s a true testament to Scott’s skill as a writer and filmmaker that he was able to bring the drama and detail of the many chess matches to life on camera – generating rave reviews and a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.”
Netflix applauded the efforts of the rest of the crew, “Scott also had tremendous help from the series’ talented crafts team. Costume designer Gabriele Binder’s exquisite use of checkerboard patterns in Beth’s wardrobe, composer Carlos Rafael Rivera’s suspenseful score, editor Michelle Tesoro’s gripping montages, production designer Uli Hanisch’s vibrant choices that pop off the screen in every scene, and cinematographer Steven Meizler, whose work transformed every match into heart-pounding drama.”
Here is to hoping that we will witness more women-centric films/series in this part of the world too! Both genders deserve narratives that truly depict their efforts in the world.
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