We should all be going to the movies more often. The best way to support female filmmakers is by attending their films in the cinemas where possible. For big executives things like box office numbers and opening weekend revenue are key things that book directors more jobs.
But in this day an age going to the cinema can be an expensive outing. So to help you select which films are worth going to the cinema for, I’ve collated a top 10 list of female directed movies (with trailers) that are coming out this year.
P.S – All films have been listed with Australian Cinema Release Dates where possible. Check your local box office for the most accurate dates.
1 – A Wrinkle In Time (Ava DuVernay)
This is the much hyped adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time; rejigged to suit a modern world and reflect the current society more realistically. With a strong young woman of colour as the lead and many more talented cast to boot I know I’m very excited to go and see this one.
2 – Blockers (Kay Cannon)
One of those teenage sexual comedies where the jokes will try and relate to you and your inner immature side will successfully be exploited. I’m sure it will be a bit of a laugh whilst exploring how the internet and technology has changed how parents relate to their kids…but lets not get too philosophical.
IN CINEMAS NOW
3. The Rider (Chloe Zhao)
‘After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America’. Not the kind of tag line you would expect from a female directed film which I think is why it makes me more intrigued to see the western drama genre done from a different perspective.
No Australian release date/ APRIL for USA
4. The Spy Who Dumped Me (Susanna Fogal)
Two friends are on the run after discovering that one of their ex-boyfriends is a spy. Staring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon the trailer promises a barrel of laughs. Director Susanna Fogal has only directed 2 films before this, so it will be interesting to see what kind of style this relatively new director has to bring to the table.
In Cinemas August 30th
5. The Darkest Minds (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
The Young Adult Sci-Fi genre seems all but gone these days having lived through it’s boom during the mid 2000’d to early 2010’s with things like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight. But now there is a new generation of Young adults who are asking for different content. Mainly in the form of binge worthy Netflix shows like Riverdale, 13 Reasons Why, Teen Wolf etc.
But this hasn’t stopped Jennifer Yuh Nelson who’s new film is a young adult sci fi that is set following a bacterial outbreak that kills 98% of Earth’s children. The surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government.
I’m excited to see if she can breath new life into this seemingly overdone genre.
In Cinemas August 2nd
6.Where Hands Touch (Amma Asante)
The film is about a young biracial (half black half white) girl living in pre-WWII Germany and the struggles she goes through trying to survive during the Nazi regime. I have yet to watch Amma Asante’s work but this was the film she tried to make before Belle and A United Kingdom. It has already started to cause controversy regarding its subject matter and you can read more about it Here in an article by IndieWire.
No Official Release Date Yet
7. Mary Queen of Scotts (Josie Rourke)
Staring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, who both appeared in Oscar nominated films last year, ‘Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.’
In Cinemas November 2nd
8. Mulan (Niki Caro)
I am in two minds about the Disney live action remakes. To me its very much a money making scheme that makes super fans made when they shift from the original cartoons but then fail to find enough originality to make them good as stand alone films. I’m hoping that Niki Caro can prove me wrong with Mulan. I want to see a hard core battle filled action flick with a strong female lead that sticks it to the man. Here’s hoping with a female director at the helm we’ll get something entertaining in it’s own right without relying to heavily on Disney’s original animation.
In Cinemas in November
9. Bird Box (Susanne Bier)
Coming from the successful mini series The Night manager Susanne Bier next project is a Netflix exclusive film adaptation of Josh Malerman’s Novel Bird Box. Staring Sandra Bullock the films story follows a woman and a pair of children that are blindfolded as they make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river. This thriller is due to start production later this year and currently Netflix are keeping quiet on release dates but it sounds heart poundingly (yes I just created a word) good.
No Current Release Date
10. The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)
The Nightingale is The Babadook Director Jennifer Kent’s next project and tells the story of a young Irish convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her family. Set in 1820’s Tasmania the woman takes an Aboriginal male tracker with her and gets much more than she bargained for. This film is highly anticipated after the success of The Babadook and I’m sure Kent will live up to the hype. There is not current release date but everywhere says 2018 so we can probably expect a release later this year.
No Current Release Date (2018)
Let me know in the comments which movie directed by a woman your most excited to see in 2018?