A 2016 Film Challenge with #52FilmsByWomen



If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I've been posting about films with the hashtag #52FilmsByWomen. As I work within the film industry here in Australia, this movement is very near and dear to my heart, and would like to do all I can to bring more attention to the campaign.

As the name suggests, #52FilmsByWomen is a campaign to watch 52 films directed by women in one year. It might not sound that difficult, but as I begun compiling my list for the year it quickly became apparent how few films women direct. In 2014, 85% of films had no female directors and 80% had no female writers, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. Additionally, it wasn't until 2009 that a woman won an Academy Award for directing (Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker). Pretty appaling for an industry that prides itself on being progressive.

I could rant for pages on the state of the film industry, but for now I'm going to leave you with a list of films that could comprise your own #52FilmsByWomen (I've italicised some of my favourites). Even if you don't take part in the challenge, being reminded of the everyday sexism that is rampant in most industries is sadly always a relevant conversation we should all be having.

1. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – Ana Lily Amirpour
2. The Piano – Jane Campio  
3. Selma – Ana DuVernay  
4. Mustang – Deniz Gamze Erg├╝ven
5. Fish Tank – Andrea Arnold
6. Winter’s Bone – Debra Granik 
7. What Happened, Miss Simone? – Liz Garbus
8. Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley 
9. An Education – Lone Scherfig 
10. Bright Star – Jane Campion  
11. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud  
12.  Meek’s Cutoff – Kelly Reichardt  
13. Wadjda – Haifaa Al-Mansour 
14. Girlhood – Celine Sciamma  
15. Wendy and Lucy – Kelly Reichardt 
16. Obvious Child – Gillian Robespierre  
17. Belle – Amma Asante 
18. Monsoon Wedding – Mira Nair 
19. My Brilliant Career – Gillian Armstrong 
20. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel – Lisa Immordino Vreeland 
21. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras 
22. Peggy Gugenheim: Art Addict – Lisa Immordino Vreeland 
23. The Second Mother – Anna Muylaert  
24. Lost in Translation – Sofia Coppola  
25. Your Sister’s Sister – Lynn Shelton  
26. American Psycho – Mary Harron
27. Lore – Cate Shortland 
28. Wuthering Heights – Andrea Arnold
29. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
30. City of God – Katia Lund, Fernando Meirelles  
31. Tiny Furniture – Lena Dunham  
32. Sepideh – Berit Madsen
33. Miss Julie – Liv Ullmann  
34. A Very Murray Christmas – Sofia Coppola  
35. Marie Antoinette – Sofia Coppola 
36. Me and You and Everyone We Know – Miranda July
37. The Virgin Suicides – Sofia Coppola  
38. The Jammed – Dee McLachlan  
39. Near Dark – Kathryn Bigelow 
40. Cleo From 5 to 7 – Agnes Varda 
41. Treeless Mountain – So Yong Kim
42. Wayne’s World – Penelope Spheeris
43. Respire – Melanie Laurent
44. White Material – Claire Denis
45. Chocolat – Claire Denis 
46. The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
47. Beau Travail – Claire Denis
48. Orlando – Sally Potter 
49. Amour Fou – Jessica Hausner 
50. Grey Gardens - Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Albert Maysles, David Maysles 
51. Elena – Petra Costa
52. The Portrait of a Lady – Jane Campion


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