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 some British independent films, animated films and the latest offering from juggernaut Disney.
Written & Directed by: Dolly Wells
A lazy but charming young woman is used to using men to make her life easier, but after she finally pushs one man too far, she is forced to discover she can live a happy life when she takes responsibility for herself.
Dolly Wells is a British actress who has starred in dozens of TV shows and films including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Bridget Jones Baby and Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Good Posture is her directorial debut.
Directed by: Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman
Written by: Jill Culton
When Yi (Chloe Bennet) finds a magical Yeti in her apartment block, she must help it find its way home.
Jill Culton is a story artist, writer and director. Abominable is Culton’s second feature film after 2006’s Open Season.
A Bump Along the Way
Directed by: Shelly Love
Written by: Tess McGowan
A boozy 44-year-old single mother becomes pregnant from a one-nightstand, much to the shame of her buttoned-up teen daughter.
A Bump Along the Way is Love’s first feature film and it is McGowan’s first screenplay.
Tehran: City of Love
Directed by: Ali Jaberansari
Written by: Ali Jaberansari and Maryam Najafi
Three disenchanted characters: an ex-champion bodybuilder, an overweight beauty clinic secretary and a dispirited religious singer, yearn for love and connection in Tehran.
Maryam Najafi is a writer, producer, editor and director. Tehran: City of Love is her second produced feature-length screenplay.
The Sky Is Pink
Directed by: Shonali Bose
Written by: Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar
The story of Aisha Chaudhary, a young author and motivational speaker, and her family.
Shonali Bose is a writer, director and producer. The Sky Is Pink is her third film and her previous film, Margarita with a Straw, is currently available to watch on Netflix.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Directed by: Joachum Rønning
Written by: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster and Linda Woolverton
Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and her goddaughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) are pulled into opposite directions by Aurora’s impending wedding, unexpected allies and new dark forces.
Linda Woolverton has dozens of writing credits to her name after writing episodes of TV shows and films for over thirty years. Some of her previous produced screenplays include the original The Lion King, the original Beauty and the Beast, and the live action Alice in Wonderland.
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Written by: Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein and Gavin Hood
The true story of a British whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Official Secrets is Sara Bernstein’s fifth produced screenplay.
Directed by: Amanda Kramer
Written by: Amanda Kramer and Benjamin Shearn
Eight teenage girls become trapped in an endless birthday party after a massive (imaginary?) earthquake. As they run out of food and water, they regress to their baser instincts, exploiting each other’s fears and insecurities.
Amanda Kramer is a writer, producer and director. Ladyworld is her second feature film and she’s made four short films as well.
Directed by: Sarah Outen
Written by: Sarah Outen and Jen Randall
Documentary about UK Adventurer Sarah Outen who travels the world during her London2London: Via The World expedition, only for the expedition – and Sarah’s life and mental health – to be put at risk by violent weather.
Home is Sarah Outen’s first film. Jen Randall is a writer, director, editor and producer.
The Adams Family
Directed by: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon
Written by: Matt Lieberman and Pamela Pettler
Animated adventure about the peculiar and ghoulish Adams family.
Pamela Pettler is a writer and producer. Her previous produced screenplays include Corpse Bride, Monster House and 9.
Written & Directed by: Marilyn Edmond
In a small town in Scotland, a young man must overcome his depression and the voice that haunts him daily.
CONNECT is Marilyn Edmond’s directorial debut after working as second unit director or third assistant director on over a dozen productions including episodes of Waterloo Road and Death in Paradise.
Tales from the Lodge
Written & Directed by: Abigail Blackmore
Horror-comedy about five old university pals who gather in an isolated lodge for a weekend to scatter the ashes of their friend, but as they reconnect they become aware they are in a horror story of their own.
Abigail Blackmore is an actress, writer and director. Tales from the Lodge is her first feature film.
That’s 12 films made by women being released in the UK this month. As always, if you do see any of these films, we’d love to hear what you make of them.