Lower Broad: A Feature-Length Screenplay Examining the Representation of Women in Country Music Restricted; Files Only

MacArthur, Erika (Spring 2022)

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In an age where forward progress is assumed to be the norm, this script aims to call attention to the worsening representation of women within the country music industry while pulling inspiration from dark comedies and whodunits. Since the late 2000s, “bro country” has caused a deterioration in the depiction of women in country music songs and the industry as a whole. Lower Broad is a feature-length murder mystery that addresses this underdiscussed fact by highlighting the struggles of aspiring female singers that must overcome the obstacles perpetuated by an increasingly misogynistic industry.

Table of Contents

Introduction… 1

Literature Review… 5

        Death and Murder in Media and Real Life… 6

        Dark Comedy/Horror Comedy… 10

        Women in Dark Comedy… 13

        Whodunits Research (Or the Lack Thereof)… 15

        Nashville and Country Music… 15

Relevant Films and Television Shows… 18

Song and Artist Inspirations… 20

Writing the Screenplay… 21

Conclusion… 24

Works Cited… 27

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