Category: Women in Film

– female directors and lead actors

Ammonite

2020 Director: Francis Lee Starring: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Fiona Shaw, Claire Rushbrook, Alec Secareanu, Sarah White Words – Denise Hobart Ammonite imagines a passionate love affair between the self-taught pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning and her friend Charlotte Murchison. Anning’s… Continue Reading “Ammonite”

Shirley

2020 Director: Josephine Decker Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg, Logan Lerman, Victoria Pedretti Words – Carly Stevenson The first thing to note about Shirley is that it is not a biopic. At least not in the traditional sense. Adapted from the novel… Continue Reading “Shirley”

Relic

2020 Director: Natalie Erika James Starring: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote Words – Daniel McMonagle Nothing is more harrowing than experiencing the death of the ones we love. Relic, the feature debut of Australian-Japanese director Natalie Erika James, blends a haunted house story… Continue Reading “Relic”

Sisters with Transistors

  2020 Director: Lisa Rovner Narrated By: Laurie Anderson Words – Natalie Mills   “This is the story of women who hear music in their head. Of radical sounds where there was once silence.” A full sensory experience, Sisters with Transistors tells the stories… Continue Reading “Sisters with Transistors”

Our Little Sister

2015 Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose Words – Natalie Mills Based on manga series Seaside Town Diary, Our Little Sister follows the lives of three twenty-something sisters. Abandoned by their separated parents, they live together in the beautiful,… Continue Reading “Our Little Sister”

Little Women

2019 Director: Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk Words – Carly Stevenson Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel treads similar terrain to her previous film Ladybird (2017) –… Continue Reading “Little Women”

Honey Boy

2019 Director: Alma Har’el Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges, FKA Twigs Words – Eleanor Smith Honey Boy is one of those films where after you see it, it sticks with you. Based on Shia LaBeouf’s own experiences, Honey Boy allows us to… Continue Reading “Honey Boy”

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Director: Céline Sciamma Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino Words – Rhiannon Topham Describing a film as a ‘historical drama’ conjures particularly priggish dress, dialogue and narrative, none of which is typically original or disruptive to the staid all ways of… Continue Reading “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

The Nightingale

Director: Jennifer Kent Starring: Aisling Franciosi, Baykali Ganambarr, Sam Claflin Words – Carly Stevenson In her second film, director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) explores the horrors of colonialism with unflinching honesty. The Nightingale is a Gothic drama set mostly in the Tasmanian wilderness during… Continue Reading “The Nightingale”

Babyteeth

Director: Shannon Murphy Starring: Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis Words – Rhiannon Topham Our first flame is usually a clumsy affair, defined more by how awkward everything is than any real or lasting affection. The majority of these ‘relationships’ end swiftly… Continue Reading “Babyteeth”