Category: 52 Films By Women

Our resident film buff Rose Marel offers a weekly appraisal of movies directed by women.

52 Films By Women 26. Proof, directed by
Jocelyn Moorhouse

26. Proof, directed by
Jocelyn Moorhouse

When A Picture Can’t Be A Thousand Words In Proof   Admittedly coming from a biased viewpoint, it seems to me that Australian films are often distinctly risk-taking. They encourage full viewer participation, by leaving a few dots for us to connect ourselves. Put plainly, they serve a meal without chewing it for us. Moorhouse’s …

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52 Films By Women 25. Sherpa, directed by
Jennifer Peedom

25. Sherpa, directed by
Jennifer Peedom

Peaking Tensions in Sherpa   Shrouded in mist, sinisterly brooding, stands the towering Mount Everest. Over the years, this awe-inspiring natural monument has been harnessed by man into both a challenge and a commodity. Jennifer Peedom’s sweeping images of the mountain, and real footage of snow, still and falling, often remind us that this should not …

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52 Films By Women 24. Ginger & Rosa, directed by
Sally Potter

24. Ginger & Rosa, directed by
Sally Potter

Before There Were “Frenemies”, There Was Ginger & Rosa   Female friendships by any standards involve a fascinating dynamic, so when the Cold War plus one very uncomfortable betrayal is added to the mix, psychological mayhem ensues. But the jazzy music and distinctive lighting, also, make for a stylistic ride.

52 Films By Women 23. Advanced Style, directed by Lina Plioplyte

23. Advanced Style, directed by Lina Plioplyte

“Somewhere Between 50 and Death…” in Advanced Style   Look around today and you will be inundated with images of youth and beauty: the fashion industry predicates itself on it, with magazines and campaigns, runways and catalogues all devoted to a demographic of supple skin and taut bodies. Fashion and beauty products are all pushed towards …

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52 Films By Women 22. What Women Want, directed by Nancy Meyers

22. What Women Want, directed by Nancy Meyers

I’ll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want: What Women (Actually) Want   Women are mysterious creatures, with the inner workings of a lady often as complicated to herself as those around her. For men then, trying to decode this enigma, or to even more ambitiously step into women’s shoes, is a …

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52 Films By Women 21. The Secret Life Of Bees, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

21. The Secret Life Of Bees, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

Searching For Life’s Sweetness in The Secret Life Of Bees   Imagine living with the reality that, as a baby, you accidentally shot and killed your own mother! A little on the improbable side, but not at all impossible. And hey, this is America, where guns are practically used as dummies. Now, as a fourteen-year-old …

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52 Films By Women 20. Whale Rider, directed by
Niki Caro

20. Whale Rider, directed by
Niki Caro

She’s A Feminist Without Even Realising It In Whale Rider   From out of the aquamarine comes the graceful body of a whale. In the quiet capsule of water, a sliding melody begins to echo the song of a whale. Raising the hairs on your arms, this haunting music wafts forwards, and a soft voice begins …

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52 Films By Women 19. Tiny Furniture, directed by
Lena Dunham

19. Tiny Furniture, directed by
Lena Dunham

Tiny Furniture in Huge Houses   Before there was Girls, there was Tiny Furniture, the micro-budget feature film that launched Lena Dunham’s career. Think Hannah, think Jessa, and think extreme relevance in the form of ‘what-the-hell-am-I-doing-with-my-life’ themes.