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. Not so many films made by women this month but there’s still a few dramas, a comedy and the latest film from Pixar.
Directed by: Nisha Ganatra
Written by: Mindy Kaling
A late-night talk show host (Emma Thompson) suspects she may lose her long-running show, until writer Molly (Mindy Kaling) comes on board.
Nisha Gantra is a writer, director and producer. She’s directed dozens of episodes of different TV shows including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Fresh Off the Boat and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2015 for her work on Transparent. Mindy Kaling is an actress, writer and producer who is probably best known for her TV show The Mindy Project.
Directed by: Sacha Polak
Written by: Susie Farrell and Sascha Polak
A young British mother struggles to reclaim her life after a brutal acid attack leaves her severely scarred.
Dirty God is Polak’s third feature film and it is Farrell’s first produced feature film screenplay.
Life Overtakes Me
Directed by: Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas
Documentary on Netflix about refugee children in Sweden who have become afflicted with ‘uppgivenhetssyndrom,’ or Resignation Syndrome. Facing deportation, they withdraw from the world into a coma-like state, as if frozen, for months, or even years.
Samuelson is a director, editor and producer. The first documentary she produced, Arthur and Lillie, was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 1976 Academy Awards.
Toy Story 4
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Written by: Stephany Folsom and Andrew Stanton
When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Toy Story 4 is Folsom’s first produced feature-length screenplay. She’s previously written episodes of Star Wars Resistance.
Directed by: Anthony Woodley
Written by: Helen Kingston
A hardened immigration officer decides the fate of a dangerous asylum seeker.
Helen Kingston is an actress and writer with The Flood being her first feature-length produced screenplay.
Directed by: Philipe Faucon
Written by: Philippe Faucon, Mustapha Kharmoudi and Yasmina Nini-Faucon
Nine years ago, Amin (Moustapha Mbengue) came from Senegal to work in France, leaving his wife and their three children behind. In France, there is nothing but work for him, no friends but the people he lives with at his workers’ home.
Yasmina Nini-Faucon is a writer and producer. Amin is her first produced screenplay.
Written & Directed by: S.A. Halewood
Set in 2039, prisons have been turned into online portals where the public gets to choose what prisoners eat, wear, watch and who they fight.
Halewood is a writer, producer and director. Division 19 is her third feature film.
Written & Directed by: Georgia Parris
A mother and her two daughters deal with the devastating gradual decline and eventual passing of their mother and grandmother.
Georgia Parris is a writer, producer and director. Mari is her feature-length directorial debut after previously directing four short films.
Hero: Inspired By The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross
Written & Directed by: Frances-Anne Solomon
Inspired by the life and times of Caribbean war hero, judge and diplomat Ulric Cross whose amazing life spanned key moments of the 20th Century like WW2 and African independence movements.
Frances-Anne Solomon is a writer, director and producer. Hero: Inspired By The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross is Solomon’s fifth film.
Written & Directed by: Sadia Saeed
Arifa (Shermin Hassan) reaches a crisis in her life when the escalation of her feelings for intriguing but capricious professional ‘gamer’ Ricardo, coincides with the reappearance of her estranged black-market tobacco peddling father.
Arifa is Saeed’s directorial debut.
These are the ten films made by women released in the UK in June. As always, if you do see any of these films, we’d love to hear what you make of them.