Welcome to September’s edition of Reel Women, the feature that highlights the films being released in the UK that are written and/or directed by women. This month there’s a whole host of different films made by women to choose from, both at the cinema and new Netflix original movies. There are documentaries, dramas, thrillers and thanks to its success across the pond, Crazy Rich Asians is now being released in the UK almost a month earlier than expected!
Directed by Marc Turtletaub
Written by Polly Mann and Oren Moverman
Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) is a taken for granted suburban mother and wife, but when she meets Robert (Irrfan KKhan) and discovers a passion for puzzles, she finally does something for herself.
This is Polly Mann’s first produced screenplay.
The Hows of Us
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina
Written by Carmi Raymundo, Gilliann Ebreo and Cathy Garcia-Molina
A young couple who dream of growing old together struggle with the realities of being in a long-term relationship.
Cathy Garcia-Molina is a director, writer and actress with over thirty directing credits to her name. The Hows of Us is Gilliann Ebreo’s fifth writing credit and Carmi Raymundo is a writer and producer who also produced The Hows of Us.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Directed by Desiree Akhavan
Written by Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele
When Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is discovered making out with a female classmate, she’s sent to a gay conversion therapy center called God’s Promise by her conservative aunt.
This is Akhavan’s second feature film and The Miseducation of Cameron Post won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Frugiule is a writer and producer and she and Akhavan have worked together before on Akhavan’s directorial feature debut Appropriate Behaviour.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
Directed by Ian Samuels
Written by Lindsey Beer
A text sent to the wrong number sparks a virtual romance between Sierra (Shannon Purser), who’s smart but unpopular, and jock Jamey (Noah Centineo) who thinks he’s talking to cheerleader Veronica (Kristine Froseth).
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is Lindsey Beer’s first produced screenplay. Her other writing credits include upcoming films Chaos Walking and Masters of the Universe.
City of Joy
Directed by Madeleine Gavin
Written by Madeleine Gavin
A Netflix documentary about the unlikely friendship that develops between Congolese doctor Dr. Denis Mukwege, Eve Ensler, and human rights activist Christine Schuler-Deschryver who join forces to create a safe haven for women survivors in the middle of violence-torn Eastern Congo.
Madeleine Gavin is a writer, director and editor. She’s edited over 30 films included Nerve and What Maisie Knew.
On My Skin
Directed by Alessio Cremonini
Written by Alessio Cremonini and Lisa Nur Sultan
This Netflix film is about the true story of Stefano Cucchi (Alessandro Borghi) who was arrested for a minor crime and was then mysteriously found dead during his detention.
On My Skin is Lisa Nur Sultan’s first produced screenplay.
Crazy Rich Asians
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim
Rachel (Constance Wu) and Nick (Henry Golding) have been dating for over a year, and when it’s Nick’s best friend’s wedding in Singapore, it’s the perfect chance for Rachel to meet Nick’s family and friends – what she doesn’t expect is for them all to be super rich and famous!
Adele Lim is a producer and writer whose previous work has been in TV including One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected and Lethal Weapon. Crazy Rich Asians is her first film writing credit.
Down to Earth
Directed by Renata Heinen and Rolf Winters
Written by Rolf Winters
Documentary about husband and wife, Rolf Winters and Renata Heinen, who take their family on a five-year journey across the world to find a new perspective on life.
Down to Earth is Renata Heinen’s directorial debut.
Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Written by Kanika Dhillon
When Rumi (Tapsee Pannu) gets tired of waiting for Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) to grow up and ask her to marry him, she asks her parents to find her a husband.
Kanika Dhillon is an actress, screenwriter and author. She has released three books and Husband Material is her sixth screenplay.
Directed by Anne Fontaine
Written by Pierre Trividic and Anne Fontaine
A young man runs away from home to become an actor.
Anne Fontaine is an actress, writer and director who was nominated for a BAFTA in Best Film Not in the English Language for Coco Before Chanel.
Directed by Chloé Zhao
Written by Chloé Zhao
After suffering from a near fatal head injury from the rodeo, young cowboy Brady (Brady Jandreau) tries to find a new identity for himself when he is not able to do what he’s always known and loved.
The Rider is Chloé Zhao’s second feature film. As well as writing and directing it she also produced it. For The Rider, Zhao was nominated for Best Director at last year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards and she won the C.I.C.A.E Award at Cannes last year too.
The Land of Steady Habits
Directed by Nicole Holofcener
Written by Nicole Holofcener
After leaving his wife and career to “find happiness” Anders (Ben Mendelsohn) clumsily tries to put back together his fractured life.
The Land of Steady Habits is Nicole Holofcener’s seventh feature film – her film Friends with Money is currently on Netflix – and she’s also directed episodes of TV shows including Parks and Recreation and Orange is the New Black.
Directed by Annemarie Jacir
Written by Annemarie Jacir
A father and his estranged son must hand delivery the invitations to his daughter’s wedding as per local Palestinian custom.
Annemarie Jacir is a writer, director, producer and editor. Wajib is her third feature film.
Directed by Peter Berg
Written by Lea Carpenter
Elite American intelligence officer James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) is tasked with smuggling a mysterious police officer out of the country.
Mile 22 is Lea Carpenter’s first produced screenplay. She is also an author whose developing her debut novel Eleven Days for television.
A Simple Favour
Directed by Paul Feig
Written by Jessica Sharzer
When beautiful yet mysterious Emily (Blake Lively) disappears, her friend Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) sets out to uncover the truth of what happened.
Jessica Sharzer is a director, writer, editor and producer who has been nominated three times for a Primetime Emmy for American Horror Story. Her last feature film, which she wrote and directed, was Speak (2004) starring Kristen Stewart.
Directed by JR and Agnès Varda
Written by JR and Agnès Varda
Documentary about director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. who journey through rural France together and form an unlikely friendship.
Agnès Varda is a legendary director who has the title of “grandmother of the French New Wave”. She has over 50 directing credits to her name and has won dozens of awards. Faces Places was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this years Oscars.
Directed by Camille Thoman
Written by Camille Thoman
Disturbing events lean to an artist who photographs and interviews strangers to suspect that someone is watching her.
Camille Thoman is a writer, director, producer, editor and actress. Never Here is her first feature film.
The Little Stranger
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Written by Lucinda Coxon
After a doctor is called to an old mansion, strange things begin to occur.
The Little Stranger is Lucinda Coxon’s fifth feature screenplay. She has previously written Wild Target and BAFTA nominated The Danish Girl.
Nappily Ever After
Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
Written by Adam Brooks and Cee Marcellus
Tired of having to be perfect for everyone including herself, Violet (Sanaa Lathan) takes dramatic action and shaves off her hair. This kickstarts a whole new chapter in her life.
Nappily Ever After is Haifaa Al-Mansour’s third feature film, her feature film debut Wadjda was nominated for a BAFTA. Nappily Ever After is Cee Marcellus’s first produced screenplay.
Directed by Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones
Written by Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones
A Netflix documentary taking an intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones.
Rashida Jones is an actress best known for playing Ann Perkins in comedy series Parks and Recreation. Quincy is her feature-length writing and directing debut.
Anchor and Hope
Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet
Written by Carlos Marques-Marcet and Jules Nurrish
A lesbian couple’s plan to ask a friend to be a sperm donor brings surprising changes for all three of them.
Anchor and Hope is Jules Nurrish’s first feature film.
Directed by Crystal Moselle
Written by Crystal Moselle, Jen Silverman, and Aslihan Unaldi
Teenager Camille (Rachelle Vinberg) befriends a bunch of older skateboarding girls in New York City.
As well as directing and co-writing Skate Kitchen, Crystal Moselle also produced the film. Aslihan Unaldi is a director, writer, editor and producer. This is Jen Silverman’s first feature film.
The Gospel According to André
Directed by Kate Novack
Documentary on operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley’s life and career.
Kate Novack is a writer, director and producer. The Gospel According to André is her second documentary film and it was nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year.
Directed by Björn Runge
Written by Jane Anderson
Joan (Glenn Close) begins to question her life choices when she is in Stockholm with her husband who is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Jane Anderson is a writer and director; her previous film The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson is currently on Netflix.
I do believe that this month sees the most films written and/or directed by women released in the UK since Reel Women began. Twenty-four films in total are realised in the UK in September that are made by women, six of those films are going to be released onto Netflix. Do let us know what you think of any of these films if you get the chance to see them.