Reel Women

REEL WOMEN: December 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. Here’s not only our last Reel Women of the year but the last Reel Women of the decade. In December we have an eclectic bunch of films with documentaries, dramas and a horror film set at Christmas.


1 December

 

The Party’s Just Beginning
Written & Directed by: Karen Gillan

When her best friend takes his own life, Lucy (Karen Gillan) struggles to deal with it and self-medicates with copious amounts of alcohol and one-night stands.

Karen Gillan is an actress best known for playing Nebula in the MCU and Amy Pond in Doctor Who. The Party’s Just Beginning is her first feature film after writing and directing a couple of shorts.

 

6 December

 

Honey Boy
Directed by: Alma Har’el
Written by: Shia LaBeouf

A young actor’s childhood and early adult are stormy as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

Alma Har’el is a director, editor and producer. Har’el has previously directed three documentary films. Honey Boy is her first feature-length fiction film, it has won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and Har’el is nominated for the Best Director award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

 

Human Nature
Directed by: Adam Bolt
Written by: Adam Bolt and Regina Sobel

Documentary about the biggest biological tech revolution of the 21st Century. A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children.

Regina Sobel is a documentary writer and editor. Human Nature is the second documentary film she’s written and the third she’s edited.

 

Ordinary Love
Directed by: Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn
Written by: Owen McCafferty

Husband and wife Tom and Joan’s (Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville) lives are turned upside down as they struggle to deal with Joan’s breast cancer diagnosis.

Lisa Barros D’Sa is a director, writer and producer. Ordinary Love is her third feature film.

 

The Last Right
Written & Directed by: Aoife Crehan

A comedy-drama in which two brothers have an opportunity to repair their complicated relationship when they travel across Ireland to deliver a man’s remains amid a bureaucratic dispute.

Aoife Crehan is a writer and director who has previously directed two short films. The Last Right won the Best Film Audience Award at the Cork International Film Festival earlier this year.



13 December

 

Black Christmas
Directed by: Sophia Takal
Written by: Sophia Takal and April Wolfe

A horror film about a group of female college students who are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break.

Sophia Takal is an actress, producer and director. Black Christmas is her third feature film. April Wolfe is an actress, producer, and writer. Black Christmas is her first produced feature-length screenplay.

 

Aquarela
Directed by: Viktor Kosakovskiy
Written by: Viktor Kosakovskiy and Aimara Reques

A documentary about the water and ice around the world.

Aimara Reques is a documentary writer, director and producer. Aquarela is the fifth documentary film she’s produced.

 

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
Directed by: Max Lewkowicz
Written by: Max Lewkowicz and Valerie Thomas

Documentary on the origin story behind one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when “tradition” was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving.

Valerie Thomas is a documentary writer and producer. Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles is the third documentary she’s written and the fifth she’s produced.

 

The Kingmaker
Written & Directed by: Lauren Greenfield

Documentary centering on the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes influence of her husband Ferdinand’s presidency rocketed her to the global political stage.

Lauren Greenfield is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her film Thin (2006). Her previous film, Generation Wealth, is currently available on Amazon Prime.

 

26 December

 

Little Women
Written & Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Adaptation of the classic story about the March sisters who come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Greta Gerwig is an actress, director and producer. Her previous film, Lady Bird, earnt her Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.


That’s ten films made by women being released in UK cinemas this month to wrap up a year that has given us over 150 films written and/or directed by women. As always, if you do see any of these films, we’d love to hear what you make of them.



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