Last year I wrote about how I was trying to watch 52 films by women in 2017. I didn’t manage 52; I didn’t even manage half, finishing on 23 films that were either directed or written by women. That’s disappointing, not only because I didn’t manage to complete my goal, but also given that I watched 89 new-to-me films last year (which are the only ones I’m counting), really highlights the lack of opportunities women are given as opposed to men.
But I’m trying again in 2018, and this year, I’m even more determined to do it. Here’s what I managed in the first three months of the year.
Their Finest – Directed by Lone Scherfig, written by Gaby Chiappe
The Greatest Showman – Co-written by Jenny Bicks
Unexpected – Directed and written by Kris Swanberg
The Post – Co-written by Liz Hannah
Blackfish – Directed and written by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
The Big Sick – Co-written by Emily V. Gordon
Lady Bird – Directed and written by Greta Gerwig
Morvern Callar – Directed by Lynne Ramsey, written by Liana Dognini and Lynne Ramsey
My Feral Heart – Directed by Jane Gull
Montana – Written and directed by Limor Shmila
I’m really pleased with this run – I’m not exactly on track for 52 at the moment, but I’m getting there, and I’m just happy that I’m forcing myself to find more films that have women behind the scenes. Send me any recommendations you have for female-directed or written films!