500 Days Of Film Reviews 52 Films By 52 Female Directors
Ask any female film director and they will tell you that they don’t want any special treatment. They don’t want attention simply for being a woman. They would far prefer to let their work speak for itself - and in an ideal world it would.
Sadly, we don’t live in an ideal world. Women film directors are woefully represented on our cinema screens and a remarkable prejudice still exists around the types of stories that women can tell and the box office potential of female led films.
As a result, I wanted to highlight 52 fabulous female directors that I have encountered since embarking on my 500 Days Of Film Challenge. Why 52, you may ask. Well, this list was partly inspired by Women In Film’s campaign to encourage film lovers to watch a movie from a female director every week for a year.
There are, of course, many more wonderful women directors. In addition, the directors featured below have made lots of other brilliant films. Perhaps consider this list as a starting point. If it introduces you to even one new filmmaker it will have more than served its purpose.
52 Women Directors (in alphabetical order)
Choosing just one film from these 52 fabulous filmmakers has proved rather tricky. In some cases I have cheated and added some honourable mentions (apologies if I have missed films off this list - it is a work in progress!).
Film: Toni Erdmann
Ana Lily Amirpour
Film: American Honey
Honourable Mentions: Fish Tank, Red Road
Film: West Of Memphis
Honourable Mentions: Deliver Us From Evil, Janis: Little Girl Blue
Film: The Selfish Giant
Honourable Mentions: The Arbor
Film: The Hurt Locker
Honourable Mentions: Near Dark, Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty
Film: The Love Witch
Film: Mississippi Grind
Honourable Mentions: It's Kind Of A Funny Story
Film: Bright Star
Honourable Mentions: The Piano
Film: Whale Rider
Honourable Mentions: McFarland, USA
Film: The Kids Are Alright
Film: Lost In Translation
Honourable Mentions: The Virgin Suicides
Film: Beau Travail
Honourable Mentions: White Material
Honourable Mentions: Selma
Film: Sleepless In Seattle
Honourable Mentions: You've Got Mail, Julie & Julia
Film: Money Monster
Kelly Freemon Craig
Film: The Edge Of 17
Deniz Gamze Erguven
Honourable Mentions: Bobby Fischer Against The World
Film: Winter's Bone
Mia Hansen Love
Film: Things To Come
Honourable Mentions: Eden
Film: Miss You Already
Honourable Mentions: Twilight
Film: American Psycho
Anna Rose Holmer
Film: The Fits
Film: A Simple Life
Film: Elvis & Nixon
Genre: Drama/Real Life
Film: The Babadook
Film: Deep Impact
Honourable Mentions: Awakenings
Film: Maggie's Plan
Film: The Dressmaker
Film: The Intern
Honourable Mentions: Something's Gotta Give
Film: Dark Horse
Honourable Mentions: Versus: The Life and Films Of Ken Loach
Honourable Mentions: Morvern Caller, Ratcatcher
Film: Wendy And Lucy
Honourable Mentions: Certain Women, Meek's Cutoff, Old Joy, Night Moves
Film: The Meddler
Film: Adult Life Skills
Film: Our Kind Of Traitor
It's Over To You...
Creating any film list is a challenging process because there are always too many films/directors and not enough slots. For example, I am aware that I have not included grandmothers of film such as Leni Riefenstahl and Alice Guy Blaché.
In addition, I very much wanted to include Celine Sciamma, Chantal Akerman and Lake Bell and the work of many, many more wonderful women film directors.
Who would have made your list?
Do let me know by leaving me your favourite female director in the comments section below!