Category: Women in Film

– female directors and lead actors

You Were Never Really Here

Director: Lynne Ramsay Starring: Joaquin Phoenix; Ekaterina Samsonov; John Doman; Judith Roberts; Frank Pando; Alex Manette; Alessandro Nivola Words – Nathan Scatcherd Based on the novella by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here is an unremittingly intense examination of a man not quite… Continue Reading “You Were Never Really Here”

Lady Bird

2017 – USA Director: Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein Words – Josh Senior Greta Gerwig turns the traditional ‘coming-of-age’ tale on its head in Lady Bird, her stunning and personal directorial debut. At once… Continue Reading “Lady Bird”


2017 Director: Julia Ducournau Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella Words: Manon Peyralade Julia Ducournau set the tone of her art with Junior, a short film depicting the physical metamorphosis of a young teenager. Staying on the same theme, Raw explores the… Continue Reading “Raw”


2017 Director: Dee Rees Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell Words: Christian Abbott There is a moment in Mudbound, one that would seem impossible for the post-war Mississippi setting, in which a friendship is… Continue Reading “Mudbound”


2017 Director: Natalia Leite Starring: Francesca Eastwood, Clifton Collins, Michael Welch, Leah McKendrick Words: Carly Stevenson “What if we’re not prepared?” asks art student Noelle, the protagonist of Natalie Leite’s powerful ‘rape revenge’ narrative, which drives a pointed blade into the toxic masculinity of… Continue Reading “M.F.A.”

Patti Cake$

2017 – USA Director: Geremy Jasper Starring: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Cathy Moriarty, McCaul Lombardi, Mamoudou Athie, Siddharth Dhananjay Words: Rhiannon Topham A story chronicling the underrepresented world of women in music? Yes please. To most people, the eponymous star of Patti Cake$ is… Continue Reading “Patti Cake$”

Wonder Woman

2017 – USA Director: Patty Jenkins Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright Words: Christian Abbott The superhero movie is a staple of cinema; it has been now for over a decade. Year after year there… Continue Reading “Wonder Woman”

Berlin Syndrome

2017 Director: Cate Shortland Starring: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt Words: Carly Stevenson Cate Shortland’s third feature follows Australian backpacker Clare as she photographs DDR architecture on a solo trip to Germany. Shortly after arriving in Berlin, she meets charismatic teacher Andi, who happens to… Continue Reading “Berlin Syndrome”

Hidden Figures

2016 – USA Director: Theodore Melfi Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe Words: Christian Abbott This is another necessary tale untold by Hollywood which is now getting its due. And that is very much the case; this is a story of inherent merit… Continue Reading “Hidden Figures”


2016 – USA / France / Chile Director: Pablo Larraín Starring:  Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig Words: Christian Abbott   This is an imperfect but deeply intimate picture, emotional from start to finish, elevated by a career best performance from Natalie Portman in the… Continue Reading “Jackie”