Category: Women in Film

– female directors and lead actors

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)”

The Rider

2018, USA Director: Chloé Zhao Starring: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lane Scott, Lilly Jandreau Words: Josh Senior This debut film from Chloé Zhao marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in American independent cinema, with a story of immense emotional depth. The Rider is… Continue Reading “The Rider”

Mary Shelley

2018 Director: Haifaa al-Mansour Starring: Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Sturridge, Bel Powley Words – Carly Stevenson Not unlike the sorry creature of Mary Shelley’s visionary novel, director Haifaa al-Mansour’s biopic is a flawed creation that was conceived with good… Continue Reading “Mary Shelley”

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000 Director: Ang Lee Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh Words – Daniel McMonagle It took a Taiwanese-born director who had previously helmed an adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and the overlooked Civil War Western Ride with the Devil, to bring wuxia to… Continue Reading “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”


2018 – UK, USA Director: Alex Garland Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny Words: Josh Senior It’s safe to say the release of Annihilation has caused some controversy, so let’s address the issue head on. Paramount’s… Continue Reading “Annihilation”

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.”