Directed by Women April 2017

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General release:

A Silent Voice directed by Naoko Yamada, release date 6th of April (via Hoyts)

Berlin Syndrome directed by Cate Shortland, release date 20th of April (via Palace Cinemas)

Raw directed by Julia Ducournau, release date 20th of April (via Event Cinemas)

Their Finest directed by Lone Scherfig, release date 20th of April (via Palace Cinemas)

Things to Come directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, release date 27th of April (via Palace Cinemas) (added to post on 8th of April)

The Innocents directed by Anne Fontaine, release date 27th of April (via Palace Cinemas) (added to post on 23rd of April)

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Other:

There are a number of films directed by women showing at the French Film Festival across the country throughout March and April (including Planetarium). See the full festival lineup, here. (Directors are noted on each film page).

Mammal directed by Rebecca Daly is showing at the Irish Film Festival in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Spanish Film Festival has Summer 1993, Boy Missing, Spain in a Day, and the short Sleepover in their lineup, screening through April and May.

Young at Heart has Sophie and the Rising Sun, Their Finest, and Viceroy’s House in their lineup.

Mercury has a bunch of screenings of The Family, two screenings of Toni Erdmann, a screening of David Stratton: A Cinematic Life and one of Jasper Jones. And they also have Flickerfest 2017: Best of Australian Shorts on the 1st of April, in which there are some shorts by women.

Check below for where the films are screening*:

Palace Nova; Hoyts; Wallis; Greater Union; Reading Cinemas; Moonlight CinemaCapri Theatre; Odeon Star; The Regal Theatre/Trak Cinemas; Gawler Cinemas; Mercury Cinema**.

As always, I’m just one (forgetful and easily overwhelmed) person and can sometimes miss things so, please let me know if I have.

*I’ve focussed on cinemas that have chains in SA/only SA cinemas.

**Mercury screens limited current releases.

Directed by Women March 2017

Australian release dates. Dates correct at time of publishing.

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(Note: this is actually a book cover but I couldn’t find a decent sized image of the movie poster).

General release:

Jasper Jones directed by Rachel Perkins, release date 2nd of March (via Palace Cinemas)

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life directed by Sally Aitken, release date 9th of March (via Palace Cinemas)

Other:

There are a number of films directed by women showing at the French Film Festival across the country throughout March and April (including Planetarium). See the full festival lineup, here. (Directors are noted on each film page).

Raw and XX are showing at the Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow at Event Cinemas in March.

Mercury has two sessions of A United Kingdom, as well. And there is at least one directed by a woman at Transitions Film Festival, which seems to be touring the country from February, through April.

Check below for where the films are screening*:

Palace Nova; Hoyts; Wallis; Greater Union; Reading Cinemas; Moonlight CinemaCapri Theatre; Odeon Star; The Regal Theatre/Trak Cinemas; Gawler Cinemas; Mercury Cinema**.

As always, I’m just one (forgetful and easily overwhelmed) person and can sometimes miss things so, please let me know if I have.

*I’ve focussed on cinemas that have chains in SA/only SA cinemas.

**Mercury screens limited current releases.

January 2017 Roundup

This roundup post is coming a little later in the month than they usually do. Mostly because I wasn’t sure if I would keep doing them in 2017. And also because I haven’t been writing anything, even on letterboxd, about films, lately. I just haven’t felt like it. But that’s probably all the more reason to start doing it again!

I got to the cinema twice, in January, and that was to see Moana, which was very lovely, and Moonlight, which was just gorgeous. Utterly beautiful. It’s very deserving of all the praise it’s got. I watched 23 films in total and, aside from Moonlight, I think my favourite was A Home at the End of the World. It’s certainly the one that affected me the most. I was thinking about it for days after, and, even now, I still get lost in thoughts about it. Really beautiful, pure, lovely film.

I’m sure I watched more than just one trailer in January, but I was very excited to see the trailer for My Cousin Rachel. It looks right up my alley.

January Favourites

As I mentioned my favourite watches of January were A Home at the End of the World and Moonlight. I haven’t written up reviews for either of them, on letterboxd – I started one for A Home at the End of the World, but I kept dithering over it and it was making me anxious, so I’ve left it to stew over for a re-watch somewhere down the track – but they were both beautiful films. Moonlight was the better of the two, but I think they’re both well worth a watch.

Directed by Women

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I’m doing the 52 films by Women challenge again, this year. Once again, I’m including re-watches, so my count for January was four films directed by women. My first time watches were Anatomy of Hell, which I did not enjoy one bit, and Palo Alto, which was pretty but didn’t give me much to grasp onto.

First time watches: Anatomy of Hell; Palo Alto

Re-watches: Frozen; Josie and the Pussycats

What I wrote

A few reviews on letterboxd, but nothing else.

What I read

66 Movies Directed by Women to Look Forward to in 2017 at Film School Rejects

Rogue One proves it’s not enough for ‘feminist’ films to have a great female lead at The Sydney Morning Herald

Directed by Women February 2017

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General release:

Toni Erdmann directed by Maren Ade, release date 2nd of February (via Event Cinemas)

Other:

Mercury has two screenings of Chevalier directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari in February.

In Sydney, Tropfest has some films directed by women in their finalists, Short + Sweet film festival is also on but the programme isn’t announced until the 7th of February and the Mardi Gras film festival has quite a few films directed by women, including: Below Her Mouth, Don’t Call Me Son, Memories of a Penitent Heart, Burn Burn Burn, The Pearl, Check It, and a bunch more. Check out the full programme for the Mardi Gras Film Festival here.

Check below for where the films are screening*:

Palace Nova; Hoyts; Wallis; Greater Union; Reading Cinemas; Moonlight CinemaCapri Theatre; Odeon Star; The Regal Theatre/Trak Cinemas; Gawler Cinemas; Mercury Cinema**.

As always, I’m just one (forgetful and easily overwhelmed) person and can sometimes miss things so, please let me know if I have.

*I’ve focussed on cinemas that have chains in SA/only SA cinemas.

**Mercury screens limited current releases.

December 2016 Roundup

And 2016 is over! What a year, huh? I’m not feeling in the most reflective mood, so I’ll just do a quick rundown of what I watched in December, and forget the rest of the year. I got to the cinema twice in December: to see La La Land, which I adored (my December favourite), and Rogue One, which…I did not. It makes the second of my favourite franchises to disappoint me this year (if you count Fantastic Beasts as part of the Harry Potter franchise) and I think I’m just a bit burnt out on franchises, at the moment. Of course, I’m still very much looking forward to Episode VIII and Wonder Woman, so I won’t be avoiding them. I watched 17 new to me movies for December, nearly half of which had Colin Farrell in them. Ha. One of them, happily, was my other favourite for the month: Seven Psychopaths.

As for news and things that got me excited, well, there wasn’t much, really! I saw that Amy Schumer is slated to be in the upcoming Barbie movie, which I’m now not looking forward to. I don’t find her funny at all and her brand of comedy just really seems a poor fit for the Barbie brand. I’ll probably end up seeing it, though, as Barbie is my other big love in life.

For more of an overview of my 2016 movie viewing, you can see my year in review page at letterboxd (which is probably only of interest to me, but I find it quite fun). If you don’t want to follow the link: I watched 325 films total, 215 of which were first time watches, Clue was my most (re-)watched film, Mario Bava was my most watched director and Colin Farrell the most watched actor.

December Favourites

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Hands down, my favourite for December was La La Land. I haven’t been that moved by a film in so long, nor that excited. I already wrote all about it here, though.

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My other favourite was Seven Psychopaths which I had meant to see at the cinema but, well, never got around to it. Better late than never, though, right? I had such a great time with that movie. I had to pause it a couple of times to catch my breath from laughing so hard. I’ll definitely be watching it, again. (Though I would say it’s not quite as good as In Bruges).

I also very much enjoyed: Those People, For the Love of Spock and Winter’s Tale.

Directed by Women

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I only watched two new to me movies directed by women for December: Madame Bovary and Maggie’s Plan. Both had been on my annual watchlists (for 2015 and 2016, respectively) so I was quite looking forward to them, but they didn’t live up to my expectations. Madame Bovary was intensely dull, but pretty, and Maggie’s Plan was good but definitely not my favourite. I’m glad I watched them, though.

First time watches: Madame Bovary, Maggie’s Plan

Re-watches: Girl Asleep, Miss Julie

What I wrote

La La Land, 2016

Frances Ha, 2012

What I read

8 Great movies based on unusual literary source material at Literary Hub