It’s International Women’s Day and today I’m celebrating women in film.
These are some of my favourite films by female directors:
Wadjda (Haigaa al-Mansour, 2012)
Wadjda wants a bike, but girls can’t ride bikes. This film sensitively captures the frustration and determination of a young girl who refuses to accept that being a girl should keep her from what she wants in life.
Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)
This iconic teen movie is endlessly quotable and set the standard for the genre.
Whale Rider (Niki Caro, 2002)
Another inspirational tale of a young girl blazing a trail to prove her worth in a male-dominated culture.
Me And You And Everyone We Know (Miranda July, 2005)
I LOVE Miranda July. She has such a unique yet relatable perspective.
Waitress (Adrienne Shelly, 2007)
An unwanted pregnancy leads a downtrodden waitress to re-evaluate her life and realise that she deserves a lot more. And the pies… oh god, the pies.
Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik, 2010)
A young woman searches for her wayward father and struggles to raise her younger brother and sister in his absence. Jennifer Lawrence’s star-making performance put her on the map.
Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1991)
Jennie Livingston’s landmark documentary is a dignified and respectful exploration of New York drag culture, gay life on the margins contrasted with the ideals of 1980s America.