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 we’ve got dramas, biopics and the latest live-action remake from Disney.


6 March

The Photograph

Directed by: Stella Meghie | Written by Stella Meghie

When a famed photographer dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae (Issa Rae), hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother’s early life – an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.

Stella Meghie is a writer, director and producer. The Photograph is her fourth feature film and she’s also directed episodes of Insecure and Grown-ish.

Military Wives

Directed by: Peter Cattaneo | Written by: Rosanne Flynn and Rachel Tunnard

With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement.

Rosanne Flynn is a writer and director. Military Wives is her second produced feature-length screenplay. Rachel Tunnard is a writer, director and editor. Her short film Emotional Fusebox was nominated for a BAFTA in 2015.

Immortal Hero

Directed by: Hiroshi Akabane | Written by: Sayaka Okawa

A man’s near-death experience inspires him to choose life – and change the lives of millions. Immortal Hero is Sayaka Okawa’s first produced screenplay.

Sulphur and White

Directed by: Julian Jarrold | Written by: Susie Farrell

City trader and mountaineer David Tait (Mark Stanley) is a man whose professional success masks a series of traumatic secrets.

Sulphur and White is Susie Ferrell’s second produced feature-length screenplay.

Fantasy Island

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow | Written by: Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach and Jeff Wadlow

Horror adaptation of the popular ’70s TV show about a magical island resort.

Jillian Jacobs is a writer and producer. Fantasy Island is her second produced screenplay, her previous film was horror film Truth or Dare.

Vitalina Varela

Directed by: Pedro Costa | Written by: Pedro Costa and Vitalina Varela

A Cape Verdean woman navigates her way through Lisbon, following the scanty physical traces her deceased husband left behind and discovering his secret, illicit life.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Suki Waterhouse, and Clara Rosager in Misbehaviour (2020) – © Pathé Productions Limited

13 March

Misbehaviour

Directed by: Philippa Lowthorpe | Written by: Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe

A group of women hatch a plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.

The previous film Philippa Lowthorpe directed was Swallows and Amazons, she has directed episodes of TV shows including Jamaica Inn and The Crown and she has won BAFTA TV awards for her work on Three Girls and Call the Midwife. Rebecca Frayn is a writer and director with almost a dozen directing credits to her name. Misbehaviour is Gaby Chiappe’s second feature-length produced screenplay after Their Finest. She’s also written episodes of TV shows including Shetland, Vera and EastEnders.

Cunningham

Directed by: Alla Kovgan | Written by: Alla Kovgan

Documentary about the iconic Merce Cunningham and the last generation of his dance company.

Alla Kovgan is a documentary filmmaker with six directing credits to her name. As well as writing and directing Cunningham, she edited and produced it.

Lost Girls

Directed by: Liz Garbus | Written by: Michael Werwie

When Mari Gilbert’s (Amy Ryan) daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers.

Liz Garbus is a documentary producer and director with over two dozen directing credits to her name. She’s been nominated for two Oscars in the Best Documentary category – The Farm: Angola, USA and What Happened, Miss Simone? which is available on Netflix. Released on Netflix this month, Lost Girls is her Garbus’ narrative feature.

25 March

Crip Camp

Directed by: James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham

Documentary about how down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.

Nicole Newnham is a documentary director and producer. Crip Camp won the Audience Award in the Documentary category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Rosamund Pike in Radioactive (2020)

20 March

Radioactive

Directed by: Marjane Satrapi | Written by: Jack Throne

A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie Sklodowska-Curie (Rosamund Pike) and Pierre Curie (Sam Riley), and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century.

Marjane Satrapi is a director and writer. Her directorial debut Persepolis, an adaptation of her graphic novel memoir, was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Academy Awards. Radioactive is her fifth film.

Astronaut

Directed by: Shelagh McLeod | Written by: Shelagh McLeod

A lonely widower battles his family, ill health and time to win a competition for a golden ticket to space.

Shelagh McLeod is an actress, director and producer. Astronaut is her first feature film after previously writing and directing three short films.

27 March

Mulan

Directed by: Niki Caro | Written by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Elizabeth Martin , Lauren Hynek

The latest live-action remake of a Disney film, Mulan (Yifei Liu) disguises herself as a male warrior to save her father from war.

Niki Caro is a writer and director. Mulan is her seventh feature-film and two of her previous films, Whale Rider and The Vintner’s Luck, are currently available on Amazon Prime. Amanda Silver is a writer and producer, some of her previous writing credits include Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World. Mulan is both Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek’s second feature-length produced screenplay.

System Crasher

Directed by: Nora Fingscheidt | Written by: Nora Fingscheidt

Nine-year-old Benni (Helena Zengel) is rebellious, aggressive and unpredictable as she’s expelled from every foster home and special needs school she’s placed at, driving the people around her to despair. While child protection services try to find her a permanent placement, they assign Micha (Albrecht Schuch), an anger management trainer, as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there’s a seed of hope for her.

Nora Fingscheidt is a writer a director. System Crasher is her eighth directing credit and it was Germany’s official submission to the International Feature Film category of this year’s Academy Awards.

The Perfect Candidate

Directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Written by: Haifaa Al-Mansour, Brad Niemann

A determined young Saudi doctor’s surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate.

Haifaa Al-Mansour is a writer, director and producer. Her first feature film, Wadjda, was nominated for BAFTA for Best Film not in the English Language, and two of her films are currently available on Netflix – Nappily Ever After and Mary Shelley.


That’s fifteen films written and/or directed by women released in the UK this month. As always, we’d love to hear what you think of any of these films if you get the chance to see them.

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