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Reel Women: April 2019 UK Releases

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 there’s comedies, dramas, and a couple of foreign language films.

 

5 April

Unicorn Store
Directed by: Brie Larson                 Written by: Samantha McIntyre

A woman named Kit (Brie Larson) receives a mysterious invitation that would fulfil her childhood dreams.

Brie Larson’s directorial debut makes its way to Netflix after receiving buzz on the festival circuit a few years ago. Unicorn Store is Samantha McIntyre’s first produced feature-length screenplay after previously writing for TV shows.

 

Happy as Lazzaro
Directed by: Alice Rohrwacher                 Written by: Alice Rohrwacher

An unceasingly kind Italian peasant and his family are blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness.

Alice Rohrwacher is a director, writer and editor. Happy as Lazzaro is her third feature-length film and it won Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival last year, as well as being nominated for the Palme d’Or.

 

Holy Lands
Directed by: Amanda Sthers                 Written by: Amanda Sthers

Harry (James Caan), an Ashkenazi Jewish American cardiologist, leaves his family and everything he knew to become a pig farmer in the Holy Land.

Amanda Sthers is an author, playwright, screenwriter and director. Her previous film Madame is currently available to watch on Amazon Prime.

 

Nervous Translation
Directed by: Shireen Seno                 Written by: Shireen Seno

Eight-year-old Yael (Jana Agoncillo) lives in her own private world when one day she learns of a pen that can “translate” the thoughts and feelings of nervous people.

Nervous Translation is Shireen Seno’s second film and as well as writing and directing it, she also edited it.

 

 

 

12 April

Little
Directed by: Tina Gordon   –   Written by: Tina Gordon and Tracy Oliver

Businesswoman Jordan (Regina Hall) is transformed into her younger self (Marsai Martin) at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.

Little is Tina Gordon’s second film. Tracy Oliver is a writer and producer who co-wrote Girls Trip.

 

Wild Rose
Directed by: Tom Harper   –  Written by: Nicole Taylor

Recently released from prison, Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) tries to reconnect with her children as she tries to follow her dreams of being a Nashville star.

Wild Rose is Nicole Taylor’s first feature film writing credit though she’s previously written episodes of drama series like Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Scott & Bailey, and The White Queen.

 

 

19 April

Head Full of Honey
Directed by: Til Schweiger   –   Written by: Til Schweiger, Lo Malinke and Jojo Moyes

A man (Nick Nolte) suffering from Alzheimer’s embarks on a final road trip with his granddaughter.

Jojo Moyes is an author whose work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Head Full of Honey is her second produced screenplay after she adapted her novel Me Before You to screen.

 

Let There Be Light
Directed by: Kevin Sorbo   –   Written by: Sam Sorbo and Dan Gordon

An atheist goes through a near-death experience in a car accident before converting to Christianity.

Sam Sorbo is an actress and Let There Be Light is her first produced screenplay.

 

Red Joan
Directed by: Trevor Nunn                 Written by: Lindsay Shapero

Inspired by the life of Melita Norwood, Red Joan is the story of Joan Stanley (played by both Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson) who was exposed as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.

Lindsay Shapero is a writer and producer. Red Joan is her second produced screenplay.

 

Someone Great
Directed by: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson                 Written by: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

After a devastating break up on the eve of her cross-country move, Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) enjoys one last NYC adventure with her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow).

 


That’s ten films made by women that are being released in cinemas or on Netflix this month. Naturally some of these films might be easier to find than others, but do let us know what you think of them if you get the chance to see any of these films.

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