Category: Women in Film

– female directors and lead actors


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”

Adult Life Skills

2016 – UK Director: Rachel Tunnard Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Brett Goldstein, Eileen Davies, Ozzy Myers, Lorraine Ashbourne Words: J. Senior To say that I went from knowing absolutely nothing about Adult Life Skills – to falling head over heels in love with it, is… Continue Reading “Adult Life Skills”

American Honey

2016 – USA Director – Andrea Arnold Starring – Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough Words – C. Abbott   Many words are being spoken on the state of America today, politically and socially. While director Andrea Arnold doesn’t necessarily provide answers, she certainly… Continue Reading “American Honey”

Under The Shadow

2016 – UK / Iran Director – Babak Anvari Starring – Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshandi, Bobby Naderi Words – C. Abbott Let’s get this out of the way with right now, if there’s a screening of this film near you – see it. It’s… Continue Reading “Under The Shadow”


2016 – USA Director: Paul Feig Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth Words: R. Topham From the theme song to the iconic one liners, the original Ghostbusters was one of the 20th century’s most recognisable hits. But the dedication… Continue Reading “Ghostbusters”

The Neon Demon

2016 – UK, France, Denmark, USA Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Bella Heathcote, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman Words: N. Scatcherd Nicolas Winding Refn’s vivid, neon-stained visual sensibilities and fetishistic eye for beauty are a perfect fit for… Continue Reading “The Neon Demon”


2015 Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Starring: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan Words – Rhiannon Topham “It’s like everything changed in the blink of an eye. One minute we were fine, then everything turned to shit.” A multi-award winning… Continue Reading “Mustang”


2015 Director: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers Words: B. Halford For all of his life, Jack (Tremblay) has lived with his mother (Larson) in “Room”, a shed where they are held by a kidnapper named “Old Nick” (Sean Bridgers). With Jack’s entire worldview… Continue Reading “Room”


2015/ USA Director: Todd Haynes Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Words: R. Topham I saw ‘starring Cate Blanchett’ and was sold immediately. But labelling Carol Aird the ‘role of her career’ seemed somewhat of a grand statement following her unbelievable performance as the lead… Continue Reading “Carol”

The Final Girls

2015 Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Adam DeVine Words: O. Innocent Slasher films, by their very nature, have always been ripe for lampooning. Be it the bad acting and awful dialogue, the cheap low budget feel, or the excessive,… Continue Reading “The Final Girls”