A Year of Female Filmmakers

Ever since a shocking and utterly disappointing percentage of last year’s woman directed films came out at Indiewire at the beginning of the year, I felt it was necessary for me to write a Female Filmmakers Appreciation Post. However, the fact that Hollywood’s even more gender-biased than I ever dared to assume, inspired me to start A Year of Female Filmmakers, where I’ll try to watch as many female directed and/or written films in 2015 as possible (I came to the realization that I actually haven’t seen many of them and I’m also pretty certain that at least 98% of the films I watch every year are written and directed by men). There’s a list of films created by women below that will be updated each month until the end of the year.

The fact that only 7% of highest grossing films from 2014 were directed by women is perplexing by itself (which means that only 7% of the films audiences paid to see were made by women; this, however, doesn’t mean that women don’t make good films, but that most of their films don’t get promoted enough to get a wider audience. If more people would be aware of their options, it’s quite possible the percentage would be a lot different) – but when I looked deeper into the statistics I realized the percentage actually went down from 1998, when women directed 9% of the highest grossing films. How is it possible that there’s an even bigger gender gap in contemporary Hollywood than there was in the late 90’s? And why aren’t the numbers almost no better when we look at independent films (in 2014, only 10% of indie films were directed by women)?

Here are the numbers from the annual study of women’s behind the scenes employment by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film:

In 2014, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. Women fared best as producers (23%), followed by executive producers (19%), editors (18%), writers (11%), directors (7%), and cinematographers (5%).

And if we look at the percentages of women’s racial representations on screen, we get an even more outraging result:

In 2014, 73% of all female characters were Caucasian, followed by African American (14%), Latina (5%), Asian (3%), other worldly (3%), and other (2%).

The fact that there’s the exact same chance of seeing a female Alien on screen as it is of seeing a female Asian character is more than worrisome. It would also be interesting to see how many of those 5% female Latina played some rich Caucasian family’s housemaid and how many of female African-Americans played a slave in a historical drama.

While trying to come to the conclusion of why there’s still so few women writers and directors in the industry, I came across so many articles addressing the issue (and citing some lame excuses for it at the same time), that my head almost exploded: men supposedly make better films than women, women don’t have the right education (a look at the number of women enrolled in film universities immediately rebuts this claim; but sadly most of them never make it into the movie business; TV on the other hand, is much less gender-biased), they can’t write characters the male audience would like and care about (but men can write their Manic Pixie Dream Girl-type of characters and women are supposed to be okay with it?), they’re not tough enough to survive in the movie business (they’re supposedly not so good at negotiating with producers. I have a feeling that there’s a whole different reason behind this claim though: most of the producers are men and they prefer to finance films written or directed by men. It’s not so much that women are bad at negotiating as it is that men are unwilling to negotiate with them), they don’t have time to travel and direct films on location because they’re wives and mothers (sexist much? Film directors are husbands and fathers as well – why should women’s personal life be any more important than men’s?). I could go on with the stupid excuses that the media (and male-dominated Hollywood studios) make about why the movie business employs so few women. They’re all bullshit. Women make great films (there’s a list below where you can pick a female written or directed film and judge for yourself). As Jill Soloway (creator of the groundbreaking Amazon TV series Transparent) perfectly summed it up in her interview for The Hollywood Reporter:

We’re not trying to be as good as men. We’re trying to create something that is specifically influenced by our femaleness. And that has a feeling that can’t be replicated by anybody except for us. There are so many things that are cool about not just women but the feminine or the feminine energy — feminine energy as collaboration instead of competition. (Soloway 2015)

I will try to review as many of the films I’ll see over the year as possible –  and I will write a more conclusive review of my Female Filmmakers Year at the beginning of 2016. Meanwhile; feel free to drop by every few months to see how my list is expanding or to recommend me a woman written/directed film that you like.

 

FEMALE CINEMA:

Legend: You should watch it / I don’t recommend it

0-9

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999, written by Karen McCullah Lutz)
  2. 13 Going on 30 (2004, co-written by Cathy Yuspa)
  3. 2 Days in New York (2012, written by Julie Delpy and Alexia Landeau, directed by Julie Delpy)
  4. 2 Days in Paris (2007, written and directed by Julie Delpy)
  5. 20,000 Days on Earth (2014, co-directed by Jane Pollard)
  6. 27 Dresses (2008, directed by Anne Fletcher, written by Aline Brosh McKenna)
  7. 28 Days (2000, written by Susannah Grant, directed by Betty Thomas)
  8. 35 Shots of Rum (2008, co-written and directed by Claire Denis)
  9. 52 Tuesdays (2014, co-written and directed by Sophie Hyde)
  10. 6 Years (2015, written and directed by Hannah Fidell)

A

  1. A Case of You (2013, directed by Kat Coiro)
  2. A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004, written and directed by Shainee Gabel)
  3. A Teacher (2013, written and directed by Hannah Fidell)
  4. Across the Universe (2007, directed by Julie Taymor)
  5. Addicted to Fresno (2015, written by Karey Dornetto, directed by Jamie Babbit)
  6. Advantageous (2015, written by Jacqueline Kim and Jennifer Phang, directed by Jennifer Phang)
  7. After the Wedding (2006, directed by Susanne Bier)
  8. Afternoon Delight (2013, written and directed by Jill Soloway)
  9. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour)
  10. A Girl’s Own Story (1984, written and directed by Jane Campion)
  11. American Psycho (2000, directed by Mary Harron, written by Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner)
  12. Amour fou (2014, written and directed by Jessica Hausner)
  13. An Angel at My Table (1990, written by Laura Jones, directed by Jane Campion)
  14. An Education (2009, directed by Lone Scherfig)
  15. Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015, written and directed by Georgina Riedel)
  16. And While We Were Here (2013, written and directed by Kat Coiro)
  17. Apartment Troubles (2014, written and directed by Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler)
  18. The Apple Game (1977, written by Vera Chytilová and Kristina Vlachová, directed by Vera Chytilová)
  19. Appropriate Behavior (2014, written and directed by Desiree Akhavan)
  20. The Ascent (1977, directed by Larisa Shepitko)
  21. At Land (1944, directed by Maya Deren)
  22. Attenberg (2010, written and directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari)
  23. At Five in the Afternoon (2003, written and directed by Samira Makhmalbaf)
  24. August Rush (2007, directed by Kirsten Sheridan)
  25. Austenland (2013, written and directed by Jerusha Hess)
  26. Aquamarine (2006, co-written by Alice Hoffman, directed by Elizabeth Allen)
  27. Away from Her (2006, written and directed by Sarah Polley)
  28. Away We Go (2009, co-written by Vendela Vida)

B

  1. The Babadook (2014, written and directed by Jennifer Kent)
  2. Bachelorette (2012, written and directed by Leslye Headland)
  3. Bande de filles (2014, written and directed by Céline Sciamma)
  4. Bastards (2013, co-written and directed by Claire Denis)
  5. The Beaches of Agnes (2008, written and directed by Agnès Varda)
  6. Beau travail (1999, co.written and directed by Claire Denis)
  7. Before Midnight (2013, co-written by Julie Delpy)
  8. Before Sunset (2004, co-written by Julie Delpy)
  9. Belle (2013, directed by Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay)
  10. Bend It Like Beckham (2002, written and directed by Gurinder Chadha)
  11. Beyond the Lights (2014, written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)
  12. Big (1988, directed by Penny Marshall)
  13. Bird People (2014, co-written and directed by Pascale Ferran)
  14. The Bling Ring (2013, written and directed by Sofia Coppola)
  15. Boys Don’t Cry (1999, written and directed by Kimberly Pierce)
  16. Bridesmaids (2011, written by Kristen Wiig)
  17. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001, directed by Sharon Maguire)
  18. Bright Star (2009, written and directed by Jane Campion)
  19. Bring It On (2000, written by Jessica Bendinger)
  20. Brokeback Mountain (2005, co-written by Diana Ossana)
  21. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999, directed by Jamie Babbit)

C

  1. Calendar Girls (2003, co-written by Juliette Towhidi)
  2. Can’t Hardly Wait (1998, written and co-directed by Deborah Kaplan)
  3. Carrie (2013, directed by Kimberly Pierce)
  4. Carol (2015, written by Phyllis Nagy)
  5. Casual Sex? (1988, written by Wendy Goldman and Judy Toll, directed by Genevieve Robert)
  6. Catch and Release (2006, written and directed by Susannah Grant)
  7. Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012, co-written by Rashida Jones)
  8. Center Stage (2000, written by Carol Heikkinen)
  9. Chloe (2009, written by Erin Cressida Wilson)
  10. Chocolat (1988, co-written and directed by Claire Denis)
  11. Cidade de Deus (2002, co-directed by Kátia Lund)
  12. Citizenfour (2014, directed by Laura Poitras)
  13. Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962, written and directed by Agnès Varda)
  14. Clip (2012, written and directed by Maja Miloš)
  15. Clueless (1995, written and directed by Amy Heckerling)
  16. Coco Before Chanel (2009, directed by Anne Fontaine, written by Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine)
  17. The Color Wheel (2011, co-written by Carlen Altman)
  18. Corpo celeste (2011, written and directed by Alice Rochrwacher)
  19. Cracks (2009, co-written by Caroline Ip)
  20. Crossroads (2002, directed by Tamra Davis)

D

  1. Daisies (1966, co-written and directed by Vera Chytilová)
  2. Dallas Buyers Club (2013, co-written by Melisa Wallack)
  3. Daughters of the Dust (1991, written and directed by Julie Dash)
  4. Dawn (2015, directed by Rose McGowan)
  5. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985, directed by Susan Seildelman, written by Leora Barish)
  6. The Devil Wears Prada (2006, written by Aline Brosh McKenna)
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015, written by Marielle Heller & Phoebe Gloeckner, directed by Marielle Heller)
  8. Dirty Dancing (1987, written by Eleanor Bergstein)
  9. Disappearing Acts (2000, written by Lisa Jones, directed by Gina-Prince-Bythewood)
  10. Divergent (2014, co-written by Vanessa Taylor)
  11. Down to the Bone (2004, directed by Debra Granik)
  12. The Dressmaker (2015, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse)
  13. Drevo (2014, co-written and directed by Sonja Prosenc)

E

  1. Earth (1998, written and directed by Deepa Mehta)
  2. Electrick Children (2012, written and directed by Rebecca Thomas)
  3. Eden (2014, co-written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve)
  4. Edward Scissorhands (1990, written by Caroline Thompson)
  5. Empire Records (1995, written by Carol Heikkinen)
  6. Endless Love (2014, co-written and directed by Shana Feste)
  7. Enough Said (2013, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener)
  8. Eve’s Bayou (1997, written and directed by Kasi Lemmons)

F

  1. Fair Play (2014, directed by Andrea Sedlácková, written by Irena Hejdová and Andrea Sedlácková)
  2. The Falling (2014, written and directed by Carol Morley)
  3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982, directed by Amy Heckerling)
  4. Fat Girl (2001, written and directed by Catherine Breillat)
  5. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015, written by Kelly Marcel, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson)
  6. Fire (1996, written and directed by Deepa Mehta)
  7. Fish Tank (2009, written and directed by Andrea Arnold)
  8. Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight (2011, written and directed by Eliza Hittman)
  9. Fort Tilden (2014, co-written and co-directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss)
  10. Foxfire (1996, co-written by Joyce Carol Oates and Elizabeth White, directed by Annette Haywood-Carter)
  11. Frances Ha (2012, co-written by Greta Gerwig)
  12. Freaky Friday (2003, written by Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon)
  13. Friends with Kids (2011, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt)
  14. Friends With Money (2006, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener)
  15. Frida (2002, directed by Julie Taymor)
  16. Fruit of Paradise (1970, co-written and directed by Vera Chytilová)

G

  1. Gas, Food Lodging (1992, written and directed by Allison Anders)
  2. The Gleaners and I (2000, written and directed by Agnès Varda)
  3. Ginger & Rosa (2012, written and directed by Sally Potter)
  4. Girlfight (2000, written and directed by Karyn Kusama)
  5. Girlhood (2014, written and directed by Céline Sciamma)
  6. Girl in Progress (2012, directed by Patricia Riggen)
  7. The Girl in the Book (2015, written and directed by Marya Cohn)
  8. Girl Most Likely (2012, co-directed by Shari Springer Berman, written by Michelle Morgan)
  9. Gone Girl (2014, written by Gillian Flynn)
  10. Goodbye First Love (2011, written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve)
  11. Goodnight Mommy (2014, co-written and co-directed by Veronika Franz)
  12. Greenberg (2010, co-written by Jennifer Jason Leigh)
  13. Grey Gardens (1975, co-directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer)
  14. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014, written by Nicole Perlman)

H

  1. Halloween (1978, written by Debra Hill)
  2. Hannah Arendt (2012, directed by Margarethe von Trotta, written by Pamela Katz and Margarethe von Trotta)
  3. The Headless Woman (2008, written and directed by Lucrecia Martel)
  4. The Heat (2013, written by Katie Dippold)
  5. Heaven on Earth (2008, written and directed by Deepa Mehta)
  6. Herbie Fully Loaded (2005, directed by Angela Robinson)
  7. High Art (1998, written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko)
  8. Hiroshima mon amour (1959, written by Marguerite Duras)
  9. The Holiday (2006, written and directed by Nancy Meyers)
  10. Holy Smoke (1999, directed by Jane Campion, written by Jane and Anna Campion)
  11. Home (2008, co-written and directed by Ursula Meier)
  12. Honeymoon (2014, written and directed by Leigh Janiak)
  13. Hotell (2013, written and directed by Lisa Langseth)
  14. Hot Pursuit (2015, directed by Anne Fletcher)
  15. The House is Black (1963, written and directed by Forugh Farrokhzad)
  16. How To Make An American Quilt (1995, written by Jane Anderson, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse)
  17. Hunger (2008, co-written by Enda Walsh)
  18. Hysteria (2011, directed by Tanya Wexler, co-written by Jonah Lisa Dyer)

I

  1. If I Stay (2014, written by Shauna Cross)
  2. In a Better World (2010, directed by Susanne Bier)
  3. In Bloom (2013, written and co-directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili)
  4. I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007, written and directed by Amy Heckerling)
  5. Infinitely Polar Bear (2015, written and directed by Maya Forbes)
  6. Innocence (2004, written and directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović)
  7. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994, written by Anne Rice)
  8. Into the Forest (2015, written and directed by Patricia Rozema)
  9. In a World… (2013, written and directed by Lake Bell)
  10. In Her Shoes (2005, written by Susannah Grant)
  11. The Intern (2015, written and directed by Nancy Meyers)
  12. Iron Jawed Angels (2004, directed by Katja von Garnier, written by Sally Robinson, Jennifer Friedes and Eugenia Bostwick-Singer)
  13. The Iron Lady (2011, directed by Phyllida lloyd, written by Abi Morgan)
  14. I Shot Andy Warhol (1996, co-written and directed by Mary Harron)
  15. It Felt Like Love (2013, written and directed by Eliza Hittman)
  16. It’s Complicated (2009, written and directed by Nancy Meyers)
  17. I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987, written and directed by Patricia Rozema)
  18. I Will Follow (2010, written and directed by Ava DuVernay)

J

  1. The Jane Austen Book Club (2007, written and directed by Robin Swicord)
  2. Jane Eyre (2011, written by Moira Buffini)
  3. Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015, directed by Amy Berg)
  4. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975, written and directed Chantal Akerman)
  5. Jennifer’s Body (2009, written by Diablo Cody, directed by Karyn Kusama)
  6. Jenny’s Wedding (2015, written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue)
  7. Je, tu, il, elle (1974, co-written and directed by Chantal Akerman)
  8. John Tucker Must Die (2006, directed by Betty Thomas)
  9. Julie & Julia (2009, written and directed by Nora Ephron)
  10. Juno (2007, written by Diablo Cody)
  11. Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992, written and directed by Leslie Harris)

K

  1. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996, written by Helena Kriel and Mira Nair, directed by Mira Nair)
  2. Kelly & Cal (2014, written by Amy Lowe Starbin, directed by Jen McGowan)
  3. Kick-Ass (2010, co-written by Jane Goldman)
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, co-written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko)
  5. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014, co-written by Jane Goldman)
  6. Kissing Jessica Stein (2001, written by Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt)
  7. Krylya (1966, co-written by Natalya Ryazantseva, directed by Larisa Shepitko)

L

  1. La captive (2000, co-written and directed by Chantal Akerman)
  2. La ciénaga (2001, written and directed by Lucrecia Martel)
  3. Laggies (2014, directed by Lynn Shelton, written by Andrea Seigel)
  4. Lars and the Real Girl (2007, written by Nancy Oliver)
  5. Last Night (2010, written and directed by Massy Tadjedin)
  6. Laurel Canyon (2002, written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko)
  7. Leap Year (2010, co-written by Deborah Kaplan)
  8. Learning To Drive (2014, written by Sarah Kernochan, directed by Isabel Coixet)
  9. Le bonheur (1965, written and directed by Agnès Varda)
  10. Legally Blonde (2001, written by Amanda Brown and Kirsten Smith)
  11. L!fe Happens (2011, written by Krysten Ritter, directed by Kat Coiro)
  12. The Lifeguard (2013, written and directed by Liz W. Garcia)
  13. Life Partners (2014, written by Susanna Fogel and Jini Lefkowitz, directed by Susanna Fogel)
  14. Little Accidents (2014, written and directed by Sara Colangelo)
  15. Little Miss Sunshine (2006, co-directed by Valerie Faris)
  16. Little Women (1994, written by Robin Swicord, directed by Gillian Armstrong)
  17. Lola Versus (2012, co-written by Zoe Lister Jones)
  18. Lore (2012, directed by Cate Shortland, written by Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee)
  19. Lords of Dogtown (2005, directed by Catherine Hardwicke)
  20. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975, co-directed by Margarethe von Trotta)
  21. Lost in Translation (2003, written and directed by Sofia Coppola)
  22. Lourdes (2009, written and directed by Jessica Hausner)
  23. Lovely & Amazing (2011, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener)
  24. Love & Basketball (2000, written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)
  25. Love, Rosie (2014, written by Cecilia Ahern, Juliette Towhidi)

M

  1. Maggie’s Plan (2016, written and directed by Rebecca Miller)
  2. Maleficent (2014, written by Linda Woolverton)
  3. Mama je ena sama (2014, co-written by Tatjana Knežević)
  4. Mamma Mia! (2008, written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd)
  5. Mansfield Park (1999, written and directed by Patricia Rozema)
  6. The Man Who Cried (2000, written and directed by Sally Potter)
  7. Marianne and Juliane (1981, written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta)
  8. Marie Antoniette (2006, written and directed by Sofia Coppola)
  9. The Matrix (1999, co-written and co-directed by Lana Wachowski)
  10. The Matrix Reloaded (2003, co-written and co-directed by Lana Wachowski)
  11. The Matrix Revolutions (2003, co-written and co-directed by Lana Wachowski)
  12. Mean Girls (2004, written by Tina Fey)
  13. Me and You and Everyone You Know (2005, written and directed by Miranda July)
  14. Me Before You (2016, written by Jojo Moyers, directed by Thea Sharrock)
  15. Meditation on Violence (1948, co-written and directed by Maya Deren)
  16. Meek’s Cutoff (2010, directed by Kelly Reichardt)
  17. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005, written by Robin Swicord)
  18. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, written and co-directed by Maya Deren)
  19. Me Without You (2001, co-written and directed by Sandra Goldbacher)
  20. Middle of Nowhere (2012, written and directed by Ava DuVernay)
  21. Mississippi Masala (1991, written by Sooni Taraporevala, directed by Mira Nair)
  22. Mistress America (2015, co-written by Greta Gerwig)
  23. Monsoon Wedding (2001, written by Sabrina Dhawan, directed by Mira Nair)
  24. Monster (2003, written and directed by Patty Jenkins)
  25. Mountain (2015, written and directed by Yaelle Kayam)
  26. Movern Callar (2002, directed by Lynne Ramsay and written by Liana Dognini and Lynne Ramsay)
  27. Mustang (2015, written by Deniz Gamze Erguven and Alice Winocour, directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven)
  28. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, written by Nia Vardalos)
  29. My Brilliant Career (1979, written by Eleanor Witcombe, directed by Gillian Armstrong)
  30. My Life Without Me (2003, written and directed by Isabel Coixet)
  31. My Skinny Sister (2015, written and directed by Sanna Lenken)

N

  1. The Namesake (2006, written by Sooni Taraporevala, directed by Mira Nair)
  2. Nanette et Boni (1996, co-written and directed by Claire Denis)
  3. The Nanny Diaries (2007, co-written and co-directed by Shari Springer Berman)
  4. Napoleon Dynamite (2004, co-written by Jerusha Hess)
  5. New Waterford Girl (1999, written by Tricia Fish)
  6. The Night Porter (1974, co-written and directed by Liliana Cavani)
  7. Nights and Weekends (2008, co-written and co-directed by Greta Gerwig)
  8. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008, written by Lorene Scafaria)
  9. Night Moves (2013, directed by Kelly Reichardt)
  10. No Strings Attached (2011, written by Elizabeth Meriwether)
  11. Nothing Personal (2009, written and directed by Urszula Antoniak)
  12. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005, written and directed by Mary Harron)
  13. Now and Then (1995, written by I. Marlene King, directed by Leslie Linka Glatter)
  14. Nowhere Boy (2009, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson)

O

  1. Obvious Child (2014, directed by Gillian Robespierre, written by Karen Maine, Gillian Robespierre)
  2. One Day (2011, directed by Lone Scherfig)
  3. Open Hearts (2002, directed by Susanne Bier)
  4. Orlando (1992, written and directed by Sally Potter)
  5. Oscar and Lucinda (1997, written by Laura Jones, directed by Gillian Armstrong)
  6. The Other Woman (2014, written by Melissa Stack)

P

  1. Palo Alto (2013, written and directed by Gia Coppola)
  2. Panel Story (1980, co-written and directed by Vera Chytilová)
  3. Pariah (2011, written and directed by Dee Rees)
  4. Pearls of the Deep (1966, co-written and co-directed by Vera Chytilová)
  5. Persepolis (2007, written and co-directed by Marjane Satrapi)
  6. Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002, written and directed by Rebecca Miller)
  7. The Piano (1993, written and directed by Jane Campion)
  8. Picture Day (2012, written and directed by Kate Melville)
  9. Pitch Perfect (2012, written by Kay Cannon)
  10. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015, written by Kay Cannon, directed by Elizabeth Banks)
  11. Please Give (2010, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener)
  12. Polisse (2011, directed by Maïwenn, written by Emmanuele Bercot and Maïwenn)
  13. The Portrait of a Lady (1996, directed by Jane Campion, written by Laura Jones)
  14. Post Grad (2009, written by Kelly Fremon, directed by Vicky Jenson)
  15. The Pretty One (2013, written and directed by Jenée LaMarque)
  16. The Prince & Me (2004, co-written by Katherine Fugate, directed by Martha Coolidge)
  17. The Princess Diaries (2001, written by Gina Wendkos)
  18. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005, written and directed by Jane Anderson)
  19. Proof (1991, written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse)
  20. The Proposal (2009, directed by Anne Fletcher)

R

  1. Ratcatcher (1999, written and directed by Lynne Ramsay)
  2. Red Road (2006, written and directed by Andrea Arnold)
  3. Respire (2014, directed and co-written by Mélanie Laurent)
  4. Ride (2014, written and directed by Helen Hunt)
  5. The Riot Club (2014, directed by Lone Scherfig, written by Laura Wade)
  6. Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946, directed by Maya Deren)
  7. The Road Within (2014, written and directed by Gren Wells)
  8. Romance (1999, written and directed by Catherine Breillat)
  9. Room (2015, written by Emma Donoghue)
  10. Rosa Luxemburg (1986, written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta)
  11. Rosenstrasse (2003, written by Margarethe von Trotta and Pamela Katz, directed by Margarethe von  Trotta)
  12. Ruby Sparks (2012, written by Zoe Kazan and co-directed by Valerie Faris)
  13. Running on Empty (1988, written by Naomi Foner)
  14. The Runaways (2010, written and directed by Floria Sigismondi)

S

  1. Saving Face (2004, written and directed by Alice Wu)
  2. Saving Face (2012, co-directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy)
  3. Saving Mr. Banks (2013, written by Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith)
  4. Secretary (2002, written by Erin Cressida Wilson)
  5. The Secret Garden (1993, written by Caroline Thompson, directed by Agnieszka Holland)
  6. The Secret Life of Bees (2008, written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)
  7. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria)
  8. Selma (2014, co-written and directed by Ava DuVernay)
  9. Sense and Sensibility (1995, written by Emma Thompson)
  10. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014, directed by Mary Dore)
  11. Shame (2011, co-written by Abi Morgan)
  12. She-Devil (1989, directed by Susan Seidelman)
  13. Sherrybaby (2006, written and directed by Laurie Collyer)
  14. She’s Funny That Way (2014, co-written by Louise Stratten)
  15. Shutter Island (2010, written by Laeta Kalogridis)
  16. Sister (2012, co-written and directed by Ursula Meier)
  17. The Sisterhood of Night (2014, written by Marilyn Fu, directed by Caryn Waechter)
  18. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005, co-written by Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler)
  19. Sleeping Beauty (2011, written and directed by Julia Leigh)
  20. Sleeping with Other People (2015, written and directed by Leslye Headland)
  21. Sleepless in Seattle (1993, written and directed by Nora Ephron)
  22. Slums of Beverly Hills (1998, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins)
  23. Some Girl(s) (2013, directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer)
  24. Somersault (2004, written and directed by Cate Shortland)
  25. Something’s Gotta Give (2003, written and directed by Nancy Meyers)
  26. Something New (2006, written by Kriss Turner, directed by Sanaa Hamri)
  27. Somewhere (2010, written and directed by Sofia Coppola)
  28. Song One (2015, written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland)
  29. Speak (2004, written by Jessica Sharzer and Annie Young Frisbie, directed by Jessica Sharzer)
  30. Stardust (2007, co-written by Jane Goldman)
  31. Step Up (2006, directed by Anne Fletcher, co-written by Melissa Rosenberg)
  32. Stike! (All I Wanna Do) (1998, written and directed by Sarah Kernochan)
  33. Still the Water (2014, written and directed by Naomi Kawase)
  34. Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015, written and directed by Nikole Beckwith)
  35. Stories We Tell (2012, written and directed by Sarah Polley)
  36. Suffragette (2015, written by Abi Morgan, directed by Sarah Gavron)
  37. Sunlight Jr. (2013, written and directed by Laurie Collyer)
  38. Sunshine Cleaning (2008, directed by Christine Jeffs, written by Megan Holley)
  39. Svinalängorna (2010, written by Pernilla August, Lolita Ray and directed by Pernilla August)
  40. Sweetie (1989, written and directed by Jane Campion)
  41. Sylvia (2003, directed by Christine Jeffs)

T

  1. Take This Waltz (2011, written and directed by Sarah Polley)
  2. Tallulah (2016, written and directed by Sian Heder)
  3. Tamara Drewe (2010, written by Moira Buffini)
  4. Teah (2007, written and directed by Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak)
  5. Testament of Youth (2014, written by Juliette Towhidi)
  6. Thelma & Louise (1991, written by Callie Khouri)
  7. Thirteen (2003, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, written by Catherine Hardwicke, Nikki Reed)
  8. Tiny Furniture (2010, written and directed by Lena Dunham)
  9. The To Do List (2013, written and directed by Maggie Carey)
  10. Tomboy (2011, written and directed by Céline Sciamma)
  11. Touchy Feely (2013, written and directed by Lynn Shelton)
  12. Toute une nuit (1982, written and directed by Chantal Akerman)
  13. Trainwreck (2015, written by Amy Schumer)
  14. Trouble Every Day (2001, co-written and directed by Claire Denis)
  15. Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011, written and directed by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen)
  16. Twilight (2008, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, written by Melissa Rosenberg)
  17. Twinsters (2015, co-directed by Samantha Futerman)

U

  1. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003, written and directed by Audrey Wells)
  2. Unexpected (2015, written by Kris Swanberg and Megan Mercier, directed by Kris Swanberg)
  3. Unrelated (2007, written and directed by Joanna Hogg)
  4. Uptown Girls (2003, co-written by Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik and Lisa Davidowitz)

V

  1. V for Vendetta (2005, co-written by Lana Wachowski)
  2. Vagabond (1985, written and directed by Agnès Varda)
  3. Valentine’s Day (2010, written by Katherine Fugate)
  4. Valley Girl (1983, directed by Martha Coolidge)
  5. Vamps (2012, written and directed by Amy Heckerling)
  6. Veronica Guerin (2003, written by Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue)
  7. Veronica Mars (2014, co-written by Diane Ruggiero)
  8. Very Good Girls (2013, written and directed by Naomi Foner)
  9. The Virgin Suicides (1999, written and directed by Sofia Coppola)
  10. The Voices (2014, directed by Marjane Satrapi)

W

  1. Wadjda (2012, written and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour)
  2. Waitress (2007, written and directed by Adrienne Shelly)
  3. Walking and Talking (1996, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener)
  4. A Walk on the Moon (1999, written by Pamela Gray)
  5. Wasp (2003, written and directed by Andrea Arnold)
  6. Water (2005, written and directed by Deepa Mehta)
  7. Water Lilies (2007, written and directed by Céline Sciamma)
  8. Wayne’s World (1992, co-written by Bonnie Turner and directed by Penelope Spheeris)
  9. Welcome to Me (2014, directed by Shira Piven)
  10. Wendy and Lucy (2008, co-written and directed by Kelly Reichardt)
  11. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011, co-written and directed by Lynne Ramsay)
  12. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000, co-directed by Ágnes Hranitzky)
  13. Whale Rider (2002, written and directed by Niki Caro)
  14. What Happens in Vegas (2008, written by Dana Fox)
  15. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015, directed by Liz Garbus)
  16. What Lies Beneath (2000, co-written by Sarah Kernochan)
  17. What Women Want (2000, co-written by Cathy Yuspa, directed by Nancy Meyers)
  18. When Harry Met Sally… (1989, written by Nora Ephron)
  19. When Night Is Falling (1995, written and directed by Patricia Rozema)
  20. Whip It (2009, written by Shauna Cross, directed by Drew Barrymore)
  21. White Material (2009, co-written and directed by Claire Denis)
  22. Wild Child (2008, written by Lucy Dahl)
  23. Winter’s Bone (2010, directed by Debra Granik, written by Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini)
  24. The Wolfpack (2015, dir. Crystal Moselle)
  25. The Women (2008, written and directed by Diane English)
  26. The Wonders (2014, written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher)
  27. The Woodsman (2004, co-written and directed by Nicole Kassell)
  28. Wuthering Heights (2011, directed by Andrea Arnold, written by Andrea Arnold and Olivia Hetreed)

X

  1. XXY (2007, co-written and directed by Lucía Puenzo)

Y

  1. Yes (2004, written and directed by Sally Potter)
  2. Young Adult (2011, written by Diablo Cody)
  3. You’ve Got Mail (1998, written and directed by Nora Ephron)
  4. Your Sister’s Sister (2011, written and directed by Lynn Shelton)

Z

  1. Zero Dark Thirty (2012, directed by Kathryn Bigelow)
  2. Zero Motivation (2014, written and directed by Talya Lavie)

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14 thoughts on “A Year of Female Filmmakers”

  1. An excellent post, and I can only agree with your aim, especially since it’s much the same as my own New Year’s resolution that I wrote about a few weeks ago (to watch all films written or directed by women which gain a UK release in 2015). I have noted that there are quite a few women doing quality TV, it’s just movies where there’s this big imbalance.

    Anyway, have just seen a Venezuelan film called Pelo Malo (Bad Hair), which is so far the best I’ve seen this year since starting my project. Sadly, Kingsman: The Secret Service (written by a woman) was utterly dire.

    Of older films not on your list, my favourites are: Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999); Les Rendezvous d’Anna (Chantal Akerman, 1978); The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, 1977); Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992); Dance, Girl, Dance (Dorothy Arzner, 1940); Crazy (Heddy Honigmann, 2000); The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda, 2000); Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012); Brief Crossing (Catherine Breillat, 2001); Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke, 1967); Innocence (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2004); Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt, 2006); Red Road (Andrea Arnold, 2006); and a UK indie from 1997 called Under the Skin (Carine Adler, not the recent sci-fi one of that name). Last year, I really liked Citizenfour, a documentary by Laura Poitras. Also, I’d recommend maybe something by Mia Hansen-Love, and of course Kathryn Bigelow’s made some good films, though people seem to be more conflicted about her works…

    1. Thank you, Ewan, for all the recommendations! It’s going to be quite a challenging year, seeing all these films (my watchlist is already really long and there’s quite a few new to me films in your post!), but I’m really looking forward to it.

      I seem to have overlooked your New Year Resolution – but I’ll definitely check your blog more regularly now that I know you’re also on a mission of watching more films made by women. 🙂

  2. You forgot the hauntingly beautiful KINDERWALD by Lise Raven. I saw it at SLAMDANCE and again at the Napa Valley Film Festival in 2014.

    1. I’m only including films that I already saw, that’s why Kinderwald’s not on the list (yet). But thank you for the recommendation! I’ll make sure to watch Raven’s film when I get a chance.

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