Welcome back to Reel Women, the monthly column that highlights new releases that are written and/or directed by women. This month we’ve got children’s animated adventures, documentaries, horror, and the latest superhero (or should that be super-antihero?) flick. Cinemas are open, so we have a mixture of films getting the big screen treatment and those that are available to watch in the comfort of your own home.

Bingo Hell
Bingo Hell (Welcome to Blumhouse)

1 October

Bingo Hell – available on Amazon Prime

Directed by: Gigi Saul Guerrero

Written by: Shane McKenzie, Gigi Saul Guerrero and Perry Blackshear

In the Barrio of Oak Springs live a strong and stubborn group of elderly friends who refuse to be gentrified. Their leader, Lupita, keeps them together as a community, a family. But little did they know, their beloved Bingo hall is about to be sold to a much more powerful force than money itself.

Gigi Saul Guerrero is an actress, director, writer and editor. She’s directed over a dozen short films and Bingo Hell is her first feature film and is a part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse series of films.

 

Black as Night – available on Amazon Prime

Directed by: Maritte Lee Go

Written by: Sherman Payne

A teenage girl with self-esteem issues finds confidence in the most unlikely way, by spending her summer battling vampires that prey on New Orleans’ disenfranchised with the help of her best friend, the boy she’s always pined for, and a peculiar rich girl.

Maritte Lee Go is a writer, director and producer. Black as Night (part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse series of films) is her first feature film and she’s previously directed over half a dozen short films.

 

Even Mice Belong in Heaven – available in cinemas

Directed by: Jan Bubenicek and Denisa Grimmová

Written by: Alice Nellis

Animated adventure about two mortal enemies – a little Mouse and a Fox, who after an unfortunate accident, meet in animal heaven.

Even Mice Belong in Heaven is Denisa Grimmová’s first feature film after previously writing and directing three short films. Alice Nellis is a writer and director who has directed almost a dozen films.

Black Widow
Black Widow

6 October

Black Widow – available on Disney+

Full Review

Directed by: Cate Shortland

Written by: Eric Pearson

Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) past catches up with her forcing her to reconnect with old friends.

Cate Shortland is a director and writer. Black Widow is her fifth feature-length film after previously directing three short films and episodes of the TV shows The Secret Life of Us and SMILF.

 

8 October

The Addams Family 2 – available in cinemas

Directed by: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon and Laura Brousseau

Written by: Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit

The Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters.

The Addams Family 2 is Laura Brousseau’s first directing credit and she’s previously worked in the visual effects teams on animated films including Sausage Party and The Addams Family.

My Little Sister
My Little Sister

My Little Sister – available in cinemas

Written and directed by: Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond

Berlin-born twins Lisa (Nina Hoss) and Sven (Lars Eidinger) have a lifelong shared passion for theater. He’s a famous actor, while she has abandoned her writing to live with her husband and children in Switzerland. When Sven falls gravely ill, Lisa begins to dramatically re-evaluate her life.

My Little Sister was Switzerland’s submission for the Best International Feature Film category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021.

Our EIC Fiona has seen this one and highly recommends it!

 

Madres – available on Amazon Prime

Directed by: Ryan Zaragoza

Written by: Mario Miscione and Marcella Ochoa

A Mexican-American couple expecting their first child relocate to a migrant farming community in 1970’s California. When the wife begins to experience strange symptoms and terrifying visions, she tries to determine if it’s related to a legendary curse or something more nefarious.

Marcella Ochoa is a writer and producer. Madres (part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse series of films) is her second feature-length screenplay.

The Manor
The Manor (Welcome to the Blumhouse)

The Manor – available on Amazon Prime

Written and directed by: Axelle Carolyn

After suffering a stroke, Judith Albright moves into a historic nursing home, where she begins to suspect something supernatural is preying on the residents. In order to escape she’ll need to convince everyone around her that she doesn’t actually belong there after all.

Axelle Carolyn is an actress, writer, director and former journalist. The Manor (part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse series of films) is her second feature film and she’s previously directed episodes of American Horror Story and The Haunting of Bly Manor.

 

11 October

Moving On – available on MUBI

Written and directed by: Yoon Dan-bi

A young brother and sister move into their grandfather’s home in the wake of their parents’ divorce. They are quickly joined by their aunt, whose marriage is on the rocks, putting three generations under one roof.

Moving On is Yoon Dan-bi’s directorial debut.

Fever Dream
Fever Dream

13 October

Fever Dream – available on Netflix

Written and directed by: Claudia Llosa

The charged relationship between two young mothers, one a visitor and the other a local, reveals looming environmental and spiritual catastrophes.

Claudia Llosa is a writer, director and producer. Fever Dream is her fourth feature film and her directorial debut, Madeinusa, was nominated for the World Cinema – Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2006.

Venom Let There Be Carnage
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE.

15 October

Venom: Let There be Carnage – available in cinemas

Directed by: Andy Serkis

Written by: Kelly Marcel

Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and Venom have a new foe to face when Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) becomes Carnage.

Kelly Marcel is an actress, producer and screenwriter. Her previous film writing credits include Venom, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Saving Mr. Banks which she was nominated for two BAFTAs – Best British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

The Last Duel
The Last Duel

The Last Duel – available in cinemas

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Written by: Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

King Charles VI (Alex Lawther) declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.

Nicole Holofcener is a writer, director and producer. She’s directed over a half a dozen feature films including Enough Said and The Land of Steady Habits, and she was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs for Can You Ever Forgive Me?.

Ron's Gone Wrong
Ron’s Gone Wrong

Ron’s Gone Wrong – available in cinemas

Directed by: Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine and Octavio E. Rodriguez

Written by: Peter Baynham

Animated adventure about Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, which is supposed to be his ‘Best Friend out of the Box.’

Sarah Smith is a writer, director and producer. Her previous film Arthur Christmas earnt her two BAFTA nominations – Best Animated Film and Best Feature Film.

 

I am Belmaya – available in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema and BFI Player

Directed by: Sue Carpenter and Belmaya Nepali

Written by Sue Carpenter

Documentary about Belmaya Nepali who, silenced and controlled for most of her life, reclaims her voice through filmmaking.

I am Belmaya is both Sue Carpenter’s and Belmaya Nepali’s second collaboration after previously directing a short film together.

Never Gonna Snow Again
Never Gonna Snow Again

Never Gonna Snow Again – available in cinemas and VOD

Written and directed by: Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert

Zhenia (Alec Utgoff), a Russian-speaking immigrant from the East works as a masseur in Poland and becomes a guru-like figure in a wealthy gated community of his clients.

Malgorzata Szumowska is a writer, director and producer of several films including 2019’s The Other Lamb. Never Gonna Snow Again is her ninth feature film and was nominated for the Golden Lion award at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

 

20 October

Found – available on Netflix

Directed by: Amanda Lipitz

Documentary about three adopted American teenage girls who discover that they are blood-related cousins. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront complicated and emotional questions, and embark on a once in a lifetime journey to China together in search of answers, connections, and their lost history.

Amanda Lipitz is a documentary director and producer. Found is her second feature-length documentary film.

 

Lucky Chan-sil – available on MUBI

Written and directed by: Kim Cho-hee

Chan-sil, a film producer, finds herself unemployed with the sudden death of her long-time collaborated director. Out of prospects and out of luck, she moves into a bargain room in a shoddy neighbourhood. But something doesn’t seem quite right with her new elderly landlady.

Kim Cho-hee is a writer, director and producer. Lucky Chan-sil is her first feature film.

 

22 October

The Rescue – available in cinemas

Directed by: Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Documentary about the Wild Boars youth soccer team who got trapped in a cave in Thailand in 2018 and their dramatic rescue.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is a documentary director and producer. In 2019 she won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for Free Solo which is currently available on Disney+.

Last Night in Soho
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

29 October

Last Night in Soho – available in cinemas

Full Review

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Written by: Edgar Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie), an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandy (Anya Taylor-Joy). But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker.

Last Night in Soho is Krysty Wilson-Cairns’ second feature-length screenplay and she was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at last years Oscars for her work on 1917.

Mary Quant
Mary Quant

Quant – available in cinemas and VOD

Directed by: Sadie Frost

Documentary about the life and legacy of 1960s fashion icon, Mary Quant.

Sadie Frost is an actress (known for Bram Stoker’s Dracula), producer and fashion designer. Quant is her first feature-length documentary.

For more on Fashion Documentaries – check this out!

Queenpins
Queenpins

Queenpins – available in cinemas

Full Review

Written and directed by: Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly

A pair of housewives create a $40 million coupon scam.

Gita Pullapilly is a writer, director and producer. Queenpins is her second feature film.

 

Zomblogalypse – available on VOD

Written and directed by: Hannah Bungard, Tony Hipwell and Miles Watts

Feature length adaptation of the cult British zom-com web series following the adventures of three inept survivors of a zombie apocalypse through a video blog they maintain to ease the boredom of day-to-day survival.

Hannah Bungard is an actress, director, writer and producer. Zomblogalypse is her first feature film.

 

That’s twenty-two films made by women being released in the UK this month.

As always, we’d love to hear what films you’ve watched recently that are made by women and do take care if you decide to venture out to the cinema.