At the 2018 Golden Globes, Natalie Portman rightfully pointed out that the Best Director category was an ‘all male’ affair. The 91st Academy Awards is fast-approaching, and this category remains unchanged with ‘all male nominees’. The Academy is rich is history and in recent times has taken steps towards diversity and inclusivity but since the first woman was nominated in 1977, only five women have been nominated for directing, and only one of them won, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.
The film industry has a lot of work to do in recognising the women at the helm of film so it’s important we do our part and celebrate female-directed movies – here are five we’re looking forward to this year.
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s literary classic, Greta Gerwig is bringing together a super squad including Emma Watson (Meg), Saoirse Ronan (Jo), Florence Pugh (Amy), Eliza Scanlen (Beth), Meryl Streep (Aunt March), and Timothee Chalamet (Laurie) to tell the 1860s tale. According to producer Robin Swicord, this adaptation will focus more on the sisters’ young adult lives after they leave the family home.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is releasing their first superhero film fronted by a female character this year. Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers, a powerful character which Marvel President Kevin Feige says will become central to the studio’s future productions. Anna Boden co-directs and writes with her long-time creative partner Ryan Fleck.
In her directional debut, Andrea Berloff has put together a star-studded cast for this crime-comedy drama, including Elizabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy and Domhnall Gleeson. It follows the wives of New York Mobsters in ‘70s Hell’s Kitchen who take over their husbands’ crime operations when they go to prison.
The Rhythm Section
Blake Lively was unrecognisable on the streets of Dublin when she was here filming this upcoming espionage thriller. Emmy-winning director Reed Morano helms this film about a woman seeking revenge on those responsible for a plane crash that killed her family.
Everyone’s favourite female crime-fighters are getting a reboot, headed up by Elizabeth Banks and starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.
Which female-directed film is on your entertainment radar?
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