Women Directors: A Progress Report
Women directors’ fortunes continue to be on the rise, not just in TV but also on film. Despite the shutdown, several have found homes for their work on streaming services. Most of those, including several high budget productions that had a 2020 release date, have been pushed forward to next year. Here’s an overview of interesting and substantial work from female directors this year.
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The Assistant, directed by Kitty Green and starring Julia Garner that deals with #MeToo abuse in the workplace, was another movie that transferred well from the big screen to the little. Autumn de Wilde’s Emma is an adaptation of the famous Jane Austen novel about the adventures of the matchmaking eponymous Emma. And one of the biggest box-offices successes early this year was the superhero hit Birds of Prey by Cathy Yan.
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Also having had its world premiere in Park City was Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan, a revenge thriller that will hopefully see the light of the silver screen in the coming months.
Tracee Ellis Ross and her relationship with her personal assistant (Dakota Johnson) who really wants to be a music producer and aims to revive her boss’ career while finding a new artist – and lover – along the way.
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And then there are the not-yet widely known directors like Stella Meghie who made the love story The Photograph with Lakeith Stanfield and Issa Rae. Julia Hart found her film with the adaptation of a bestselling young adult book, ‘Stargirl’. And Malgorzata Szumowska is the director of The Other Lamb, a thriller about a girl born into a cult.
One thing is clear: women are no longer relegated to just rom-coms. Having said that, we should mention Alice Wu’s The Half of It, a lesbian coming-of-age film, and Elisabeth Moss to full-on horror like the sequel to Candyman, directed by Nia DaCosta.
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