#52FilmsbyWomen

31 Dec 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2015 I wrote a chapter on women working behind the camera in the silent film period for Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema, published in March 2016.

 

Therefore at the beginning of 2016 I was keen to take up Women in Film's pledge to watch 52 films directed by women over the next year.  Well I made it! Watching my 52nd film directed by a woman on 29 December.

 

I watched films from one hundred years of filmmaking, the earliest film was Lois Weber's 1916 films Shoes (which I actually saw twice!) and a number of films released in 2016.

 

I saw 12 documentaries two of which were about women directors (Nell Shipman and Alice Guy-Blache)  working within the silent film industry. The remainder (40) were feature films: 8 in a foreign language, 32 in English - mainly UK & US.

 

Newly discovered directors I really 'fell' for were Agnes Varda (still more to see) and Alice Wu (sadly, Saving Face is her only film).

 

I will aim to watch at least another 52 in 2017.

 

Here's 2016's list in full...

 

52. Elvis & Nixon (2016) Liza Johnson
51. Love & Basketball (2000) Gina Prince-Bythewood
50. Perseopolis (2007) Marjane Satrapi
49. The 33 (2015) Patricia Riggen
48. 13th (2016) Ava Duvernay
47. Not Wanted (1949) Ida Lupino
46. Vagabond (1985) Agnes Varda
45. Whatever Happened, Miss Simone? (20) Liz Garbus
44. Money Monster (2016) Jodie Foster
43. Saving Face (2004) Alice Wu
42. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) Agnes Varda
41. Grace of My Heart (1996) Allison Anders
40. Selma (2014) Ava Duvernay
39. Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Susanna White
38. Suffragette (2015) Sarah Gavron
37. Fish Tank (2010) Andrea Arnold
36. Jenny's Wedding (2015) Mary Agnes Donoghue
35. Daisies (1966) Vera Chytilova
34. A United Kingdom (2016) Amma Asante
33. Big Stone Gap (20) Adriana Trigiani
32. CitizenFour (20) Laura Poitras
31. The Wolfpack (2015) Crystal Moselle
30. Weiner (2016) Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg
29. The Lost Garden: The Life and Cinema of Alice Guy-Blaché (1995) Marquise Lepage
28. Back to God's Country (1919) Nell Shipman
27. The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008) Peggy Holland
26. Meet the Patels (2014) Geeta & Ravi Patel
25. Girl from God's Country (2014) Karen Day
24. Mustang (2015) Deniz Gamze Erguven
23. Of Girls and Horses (2014) Monika Truet
22. Little Victorian Secrets (2010) Sandra Skibsted
21. Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) Marilyn Agrelo
20. Just Before I Go (2014) Courteney Cox
19. Old Joy (2006) Kelly Reichardt
18. The Night Porter (1974) Liliana Cavani
17. Josie and the Pussycats (2001) Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan
16. The Invitation (2015) Karyn Kusama
15. The Wild Party (1929) Dorothy Arzner
14. Bright Days Ahead (2013) Marion Vernoux
13. Afghan Star (2009) Havana Marking
12. 13 Conversations About One Thing (2001) Jill Sprecher
11. Veronika Decides to Die (2009) Emily Young
10. Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird (2010) Mary McDonagh Murphy
9. Ginger & Rosa (2012) Sally Potter
8. Behind the Make Up (1930) Dorothy Arzner
7. The Hitch-hiker (1953) Ida Lupino
6. Shoes (1916) Lois Weber
5. Wuthering Heights (2011) Andrea Arnold
4. An Education (2011) Lone Scherfig
3. The Man Who Cried (2000) Sally Potter
2. Two Friends (1996) Jane Campion
1. Welcome to Me (2014) Shira Piven


 

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