One of my ongoing goals is simply to watch more films that are written and directed by women, but I consistently fail in this attempt! I’ve attempted the 52 films by women challenge two years in a row now, and failed each time. It’s pitiful really, considering how many films I do watch (92 in 2018), that I can’t manage at least one a week by a female writer or director. But it’s a 37 Before 37 item now, so hopefully that will help boost my attempt! Here’s what I watched in the second half of 2018.
Set It Up – Directed by Claire Scanlon, written by Katie Silberman
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Directed by Susan Johnson, written by Sofia Alvarez
Copycat – Co-written by Ann Biderman
A Simple Favour – Written by Jessica Sharzer
Road House – Co-written by Hilary Henkin
A League of Their Own – Directed by Penny Marshall
One Day – Directed by Lone Scherfig
Widows – Co-written by Gillian Flynn
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Written by J.K. Rowling
The Prince of Tides – Directed by Barbra Streisand, co-written by Becky Johnson
The Princess Switch – Written by Robin Bernheim and Megan Metzger
The Gentle Sex – Co-written by Aimée Stuart
Along with what I watched in January, February and March, and April, May and June, that takes my total to 29. That’s quite far short of the 52 target, and only makes up just over 30% of all the films I watched last year. This is only partly down to me, of course: women just aren’t equally represented in the film industry! But I already have lots on my list that I want to watch, so hopefully I can hit 52 in 2019!