Welcome back to Reel Women, the monthly feature that highlights the films being released in the UK that are written and/or directed by women. This month we have comedies, dramas, sci-fi and a little film that’s the latest offering from the MCU.
What They Had
Written & Directed by: Elizabeth Chomko
Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home at her brother’s urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father’s reluctance to let go of their life together.
Elizabeth Chomko is an actress and What They Had is her directorial debut.
Of Love & Law
Directed by: Hikaru Toda
A documentary about a couple who run the first and only law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple.
Of Love & Law is Hikaru Toda’s first feature-length documentary and it was the first documentary to win Tokyo International Film Festival’s Japanese Splash competition
The Kindergarten Teacher
Written & Directed by: Sara Colangelo
Kindergarten teacher Lisa (Maggie Gyllenhaal) becomes obsessed with one of her young pupils who she believes is a child prodigy.
The Kindergarten Teacher is Sara Colangelo’s second feature film and it won her the Directing Award at last years Sundance Film Festival.
Directed by: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Written by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) must figure out her past as she’s caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Together with her husband/co-director Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel is Anna Boden’s fourth feature film. She’s also a writer, producer and editor having edited four films including It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Sugar. Captain Marvel is Geneva Robertson-Dworet’s second produced screenplay, her first being last year’s Tomb Raider.
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Written by: Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer
Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) find strength and cunning she didn’t know she had when she’s drawn into the dangerous world of cross-border crime.
Catherine Hardwicke is a writer, director and producer who has directed eight feature films including Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown and Twilight.
What Men Want
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Written by: Tina Gordon, Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory
When Ali (Taraji P. Henson) develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts, she gains an edge over her male colleagues in her profession.
Tina Gordon is a writer and director. What Men Want is her fourth produced screenplay.
Directed by: Ali Abbasi
Written by: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf and John Ajvide Lindqvist
A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveller while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.
Isabella Eklöf is a writer and director. Border is her second feature-length screenplay.
Children of the Snow Land
Directed by: Zara Balfour and Marcus Stephenson
Documentary about young people from the mountain villages of Nepal who have to make a difficult choice; if they want an education, they have to give up their family, if they want to be with their family, they have to give up hope of an education.
Zara Balfour is a director and producer. Children of the Snow Land is her first feature-length documentary.
Directed by: Chris Foggin
Written by: Piers Ashworth, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft
Ten fishermen from Cornwall are signed by a record label and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties.
Meg Leonard is a writer and producer. Fisherman’s Friend is her second produced screenplay, her first was Finding Your Feet starring Joanna Lumley and Imelda Staunton.
Written & Directed by: Jessica Hynes
Tina (Jessica Hynes) has a lot on her plate with her parents arguing, her daughter being bullied, and having to juggle multiple jobs in order for her family to get by. When she starts to learn how to box it gives her something to focus on but will it be something that can help her family?
Jessica Hynes is an actress and writer who has written multiple episodes of TV shows Spaced and Up the Women. The Fight is her directorial debut.
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Written by: Amanda Adelson and Tom Kapinos
Documentary about how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock ‘n roll groups in history.
Amanda Adelson is a writer and producer. The Dirt is her first produced feature-length screenplay.
Five Feet Apart
Directed by: Justin Baldoni
Written by: Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
Teenager Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) lives with a life-threatening illness but she gets a new lease for life when she meets fellow patient Will (Cole Sprouse).
Five Feet Apart is Mikki Daughtry’s first produced screenplay. Her next film, which she also co-wrote with Tobias Iaconis, is horror film The Curse of La Llorona which is released in the UK later this year.
Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Written by: Erica Beeney and Rupert Wyatt
Years after an alien force occupied the world, both collaborators and dissidents fight for what they believe in.
Captive State is Erica Beeney second produced screenplay, her first was The Battle of Shaker Heights which was released over 15 years ago and stars a young Shia LaBeouf.
Out of Blue
Written & Directed by: Carol Morley
Detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) investigates the shooting of a leading astrophysicist and is affected by the investigation in ways she can’t comprehend.
Carol Morley is a British writer and director who won the award for Outstanding Newcomer for British Feature Film Writing at the British Screenwriters’ Awards for her previous film The Falling.
At Eternity’s Gate
Directed by: Julian Schnabel
Written by: Jean-Claude Carrière, Julian Schnabel and Louise Kugelberg
A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh (played by Willem Dafoe) during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
At Eternity’s Gate is Louise Kugelberg’s first produced screenplay and as well as co-writing the film she also edited it.
There we have fifteen films made by women being released in the UK this month from a wide range of genres. As always, do let us know what you think of any of these films if you get to see them.