Category: Women in Film

– female directors and lead actors

Saint Maud

Director: Rose Glass Starring: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle Words – Rhiannon Topham It takes a very rare beast of a directorial debut to make you wince, laugh and question the capacity of the human mind in less than 90 minutes. Rose Glass’s Saint Maud,… Continue Reading “Saint Maud”

Vita & Virginia

2019 Director: Chanya Button Starring: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Ferdinando, Emerald Fennell Words – Carly Stevenson Adapted from Eileen Atkins’s play of the same name, Vita & Virginia explores the relationship between the Bloomsbury intellectual Virginia Woolf and the… Continue Reading “Vita & Virginia”

In Fabric

2019 Director: Peter Strickland Starring: Marianne Jean–Baptiste, Fatma Mohamed, Leo Bill, Hayley Squires, Gwendoline Christie, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram Words – Nathan Scatcherd The latest film from Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy), In Fabric is a wonderful oddity – bizarre,… Continue Reading “In Fabric”

Booksmart

2019 Director: Olivia Wilde Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Skyler Gisondo, Billie Lourd, Jason Sudeikis Words – Toni Stanger Olivia Wilde’s directorial feature-length debut Booksmart has been compared to other coming-of-age comedies, namely Superbad, and whilst it does draw comparisons… Continue Reading “Booksmart”

Vox Lux

2019 Director: Brady Corbet Starring: Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin, Jude Law Words – Toni Stanger Tonally, Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux feels like an amalgamation of three different films, especially as it is split into a prologue with two main acts. The opening,… Continue Reading “Vox Lux”

Rafiki

Director: Wanuri Kahiu Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Nini Wacera, Muthoni Gathecha, Charlie Karumi, Jimmy Gathu, Vitalis Waweru, Githae Njogu Words – Rhiannon Topham Modern cinema is experiencing an exciting political renaissance. Daring narratives that tackle some of society’s most… Continue Reading “Rafiki”

Captain Marvel

2019 Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, Rune Temte, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Chuku Modu, Matthew Maher, Akira Akbar Words: Toni Stanger As the… Continue Reading “Captain Marvel”

Skate Kitchen

2018 Director: Crystal Moselle Starring: The Skate Kitchen Words – Joe H. In the first narrative feature from Crystal Moselle, director of acclaimed documentary The Wolfpack, we follow the real life all-female skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen, in an almost documentary-like look at youth,… Continue Reading “Skate Kitchen”

Assassination Nation

2018 Director: Sam Levinson Starring: Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Abra, Joel McHale, Bill Skarsgård Words – Nathan Scatcherd If you’re lucky, every once in a while you’ll come across a film which completely blindsides you. A film you’re maybe interested in, sure,… Continue Reading “Assassination Nation”

Suspiria (2018)

2018 Director: Luca Guadagnino Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jessica Harper Words – Carly Stevenson Luca Guadagnino’s bold reimagining of the 1977 cult classic is equal parts gorgeous and grotesque. Suspiria (2018) takes the bare bones of Argento’s original… Continue Reading “Suspiria (2018)”