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 animated adventures, weird musicals, documentaries and more!
Written & Directed by: Melanie Martinez
Cry Baby (Melanie Martinez) and her charming best friend Angelita (Emma Harvey) embark on a mission to take down the oppressive schooling system of K-12.
Melanie Martinez is a singer and songwriter who rose to fame after appearing on The Voice. She’s previously directed three of her music videos and K-12 is her first feature film.
Queen of Hearts
Directed by: May el-Toukhy
Written by: Maren Louise Käehne and May el-Toukhy
A woman jeopardizes both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson and is forced to make an irreversible decision with fatal consequences.
May el-Toukhy is a writer and director Queen of Hearts is her third feature-length film and it was a Grand Jury Prize nominee at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and it won the Audience Award in the World Cinema – Dramatic category. Queen of Hearts is Maren Louise Käehne’s third produced feature-length screenplay.
A Minuscule Adventure
Written & Directed by: Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo
An animated adventure about a ladybird that gets trapped in a box and sent to the Caribbean and the insects that set out to recue it.
A Minuscule Adventure is the second film in a series and Hélène Giraud wrote and directed the first film as well which won the Best Animated Film award at the César Awards in 2015.
Written & Directed by: Lorene Scafaria
A group of savvy former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
Lorene Scafaria is a writer, director and producer. Hustlers is her fifth film.
Directed by: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
Documentary about the last female beehunter in Europe who must save the bees and return the natural balance, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood.
Honeyland is Tamara Kotevska’s first feature length film after directing four short films. Honeyland won three awards at this years Sundance Film Festival including the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema – Documentary category.
Directed by: Nzingha Stewart
Written by: Sam Wolfson
Jodi (Ava Michelle), the tallest girl in her school, always felt uncomfortable in her skin but then after all the taunts she finally decides to find the confidence to stand tall.
Tall Girl is Nzingha Stewart’s first feature film after previously directing episodes of TV shows like How to Get Away with Murder and Good Girls.
Directed by: Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
Documentary about Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and has a daughter as conflict rages around her.
For Sama Waad al-Kateab’s directorial debut and she also produced it and was the cinematographer. For Sama has won almost two dozen awards including the Golden Eye award at this years Cannes Film Festival.
Written & Directed by: Camilla Strøm Henriksen
Jill (Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin) does her best to look after her younger brother and their loving but mentally unstable mother but when the family is struck by tragedy, Jill struggles to keep it a secret.
Camilla Strøm Henriksen is an actress, writer and director. Phoenix is her first feature film.
The Shock of the Future
Directed by: Marc Collin
Written by: Marc Collin and Elina Gakou Gomba
In Paris in 1978 Ana (Alma Jodorowsky) uses new electronic machines to make herself heard, creating a new sound that will mark the decades to come: the music of the future.
The Shock of the Future is Elina Gakou Gomba first produced screenplay.
Written & Directed by: Andrea Berloff
The wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after they’re locked up in prison.
The Kitchen is Andrea Berloff’s directorial debut. Her previous screenplays include Sleepless and Straight Outta Compton which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars.
Written & Directed by: Lulu Wang
The true lie about a Chinese family that decides to keep the fact that their grandmother is dying from cancer from her and uses a big family wedding as the reason for them all to gather together before she dies.
Lulu Wang is a writer, director and producer. The Farewell is her second feature film and it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Directed by: Zara Hayes
Written by: Shane Atkinson
Comedy about a group of women who form a cheer leading squad at their retirement community.
Zara Hayes is a writer, director and producer. she’s previously directed episodes of documentary series and feature-length documentaries including The Battle of the Sexes.
Written & Directed by: Adele Tulli
Documentary that looks at the mechanisms of the construction and assimilation of gender in contemporary Italian society.
Normal is Adele Tulli’s second feature-length documentary and as well as writing and directing it she also edited it.
Directed by: Martha Pinson
Written by: Stuart Brennan and Sebastian Street
A war veteran struggling to find a reason to live is befriended by a man who lives every day as though it’s his last.
After working as a script supervisor for forty years, Tomorrow is Martha Pinson’s first feature film.
That’s thirteen films released this month that are made by women. As always, if you do see any of these films, we’d love to hear what you make of them.