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 the latest instalment in the MCU, dramas, a lot of documentaries, and as it’s getting close to the holiday season, a bunch of Christmassy films! 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.

5 November

Eternals – available in cinemas

Directed by: Chloé Zhao | Written by: Chloé Zhao, Patrick Burleigh and Ryan Firpo

A race of immortal beings takes a stand to protect the Earth and its people.

Chloé Zhao is a director, writer, editor and producer. Eternals is her fourth feature film. Zhao won the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director earlier this year for her previous film Nomadland (available on Disney+) and was nominated in two other categories – Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Chloé Zhao’s only the second woman to win the Best Director Oscar after Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 and she’s the first woman of colour to win in that category.

Love Hard – available on Netflix

Directed by: Hernan Jimenez | Written by: Daniel Mackey and Rebecca Ewing

An LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for the holidays, only to discover that she’s been catfished.

Love Hard is Rebecca Ewing’s first produced screenplay.

Becoming Cousteau – available in cinemas/available on Disney+ from 24 November

Directed by: Liza Garbus | Written by: Mark Monroe and Pax Wassermann

Documentary about the famous explorer and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau.

Liz Garbus is a documentary director and producer. She’s directed over a dozen documentary features and has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature twice – The Farm: Angola, USA in 1999 and What Happened, Miss Simone? in 2016.

Highway 1 – available in cinemas

Written & Directed by: Jaclyn Bethany

Anna is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. Nina, a long-gone friend from high school unexpectedly shows up, conjuring the feelings of another girl and bringing to the surface the inner lives of the partygoers.

Jaclyn Bethany is an actress, writer, director and producer. Highway 1 is her third feature film and she’s directed almost a dozen short films.

6 November

Moments Like This Never Last – available on MUBI

Directed by: Cheryl Dunn

Dash Snow rejected a life of privilege to make his own way as an artist on the streets of downtown New York City in the late 1990s. Developing from a notorious graffiti tagger into an international art star, he documented his drug- and alcohol-fuelled nights with the surrogate family he formed with friends and fellow artists Ryan McGinley and Dan Colen before his death by heroin overdose in 2009.

Cheryl Dunn is a documentary director and producer. Moments Like This Never Last is her a second documentary feature and she also was the cinematographer on the film.

10 November

Passing – available on Netflix

Full Review

Written & Directed by: Rebecca Hall

Mixed-race childhood friends reunite in middle-class adulthood and become increasingly involved in each other’s lives and insecurities. While Irene (Tessa Thompson) identifies as African-American and is married to a Black doctor, Clare (Ruth Negga) “passes” as white and has married a prejudiced, wealthy white man.

Rebecca Hall is an actress who has starred in dozens of films including The Town, Iron Man 3, and The Night House (which is now streaming on Disney+). Passing is her directorial debut.

12 November

The Colour Room – available on Sky Cinema/NowTV

Directed by: Claire McCarthy | Written by: Claire Peate

Follows the life of English ceramic artist Clarice Cliff (Phoebe Dynevor) as she changes the way the workplace operates in the 20th century.

Claire McCarthy is a writer, director and producer. The Colour Room is her fourth feature film, her previous film was Ophelia starring Daisy Ridley. The Colour Room is Claire Peate’s first feature film writing credit.

Mothering Sunday – available in cinemas

Directed by: Eva Husson | Written by: Alice Birch

A maid living in post-World War I England secretly plans to meet with the man she loves before he leaves to marry another woman.

Eva Husson is a writer, director and producer. Mothering Sunday is her third feature film and she’s also directed episodes of the TV adaptation of Hanna. Alice Birch is a writer, producer and story editor. Her first feature-length screenplay was Lady Macbeth and she wrote the majority of the episodes of the TV series Normal People which earnt her a Primetime Emmy Nomination.

Lioness: The Nicola Adams Story – available on Amazon Prime

Written & Directed by: Helena Coan

Biographical documentary on Nicola Adams OBE, the double Olympic and WBO female boxing champion, and the first woman to ever represent England in boxing.

Helena Coan is a documentary writer and director. Lioness: The Nicola Adams Story is her third feature-length documentary.

Through the Night – available in cinemas and VOD

Directed by: Loira Limbal

Documentary exploring the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider – whose lives intersect at a 24-hour day-care centre.

Loira Limbal is a documentary producer and director. Through the Night is her first documentary feature.

18 November

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star – available on Netflix

Directed by: Mike Rohl | Written by: Robin Bernheim

When a priceless relic is stolen, Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy enlist the help of Margaret’s cousin Fiona teams with a man from her past to retrieve it, with romance and resulting in a very unexpected switch.

Robin Bernheim is a producer and writer. She’s written episodes of Quantum Leap, Men in Black: The Series, and Star Trek: Voyager. She also co-wrote the previous two Princess Switch films.

19 November

Petite Maman – available in cinemas

Written & Directed by: Céline Sciamma

Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse.

Céline Sciamma is a writer and director. Her previous film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language.

24 November

Encanto – available in cinemas

Directed by: Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith | Written by: Jared Bush and Charise Castro Smith

A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers.

Charise Castro Smith is a producers and writer. She’s previously written episodes of The Haunting of Hill House, Devious Minds, and The Exorcist. Encanto is her first directing credit.

House of Gucci – available in cinemas

Directed by: Ridley Scott | Written by: Becky Johnston and Robert Bentivenga

Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what it’s worth, and how far a family will go for control.

Becky Johnston is a screenwriter who was nominated for the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Prince of Tides in 1992. House of Gucci is her fifth produced screenplay.

Bruised – available on Netflix

Directed: by Halle Berry | Written by: Michelle Rosenfarb

A disgraced MMA fighter (Halle Berry) finds redemption in the cage and the courage to face her demons when the son she had given up as an infant unexpectedly re-enters her life.

Halle Berry is a producer and actor known for her work as Storm in the X-Men films as well as starring in James Bond film Die Another Day. She was the first and so far only African-American woman to have won Oscar for Best Actress for the romantic drama Monster’s Ball. Bruised is her directorial debut and it’s also Michelle Rosenfarb’s first feature-length screenplay.

The Trouble with Being Born – available on MUBI

Directed by: Sandra Wollner | Written by: Roderick Warich and Sandra Wollner

Elli is an android programmed with memories that mean everything to her owner but nothing to her. The story of a machine and the ghosts we all carry within us.

Sandra Wollner is a writer and director. The Trouble with Being Born is her second feature film and it won the Encounters Award – Special Jury Prize at last years Berlin International Film Festival.

26 November

A Castle for Christmas – available on Netflix

Directed by: Mary Lambert | Written by Kim Beyer-Johnson, Ally Carter and Neal H. Dobrofsky

A famed author (Brooke Shields) travels to Scotland hoping to buy a small castle of her own, but the prickly owner (Cary Elwes) is reluctant to sell.

Mary Lambert has over 80 directing credits to her name from music videos like Madonna’s Like a Prayer, to horror films like the original Pet Sematary. A Castle for Christmas is author Ally Carter’s first screenwriting credit and is Kim Beyer-Johnson’s eighth feature film.

Dying to Divorce – available in cinemas and VOD

Directed by: Chloe Fairweather

Observational documentary about the women fighting against domestic abuse and the murder of women in Turkey. More than one in three Turkish women have experienced domestic violence and the number of femicides is rising. But some Turkish women are fighting back. Ipek Bozkurt, a courageous lawyer, is determined to challenge this misogynistic violence by putting abusive men behind bars.

Chloe Fairweather is a documentary producer and director. Dying to Divorce is her directorial debut.

Queenpins – available on Amazon Prime

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.

27 November

Overrun – available in cinemas

Directed by: Josh Tessier | Written by: Roberto Ahumada and Victoria González

Former military extraction specialist Marcus Lombardi, whose only chance of saving his informant sister and their family is to track down a mysterious briefcase.

Overrun is Victoria González’s first produced feature film screenplay. She’s also written an episode of the TV show Diary of a Future President.

29 November

Celts – available on VOD

Directed by: Milica Tomović | Written by: Milica Tomović and Tanja Šljivar

Belgrade in 1993. While the kids celebrate in the living room dressed up as Ninja Turtles, the adults discuss, flirt, smoke and drink in the kitchen.

Celts is Milica Tomović’s first feature film and Tanja Šljivar’s second feature-length screenplay.

That’s twenty-one films made by women that make up this month’s Reel Women round-up 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.