Directed &/or written by women, January 2016

In an attempt to actively seek out more films created by women at the cinema, I’ve decided to start a regular post collating upcoming releases directed (&/or written) by women. I’ve seen posts like this, before, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one for what’s being released in Australia. If there is one already, I do apologise. But this, at the very least, will be helpful for me, as I always forget to check other websites & blogs regularly.

I originally wanted to just post women directed but there’s only one movie coming out in January directed by a woman so I’ve included films written/co-written by women, too.


Films directed/co-directed by a woman opening in January, 2016:

Looking for Grace written and directed by Sue Brooks, release date 26th of January 2016


Films written/co-written by a woman opening in January, 2016:

Sisters screenplay by Paula Pell, release date 7th of January 2016

The 5th Wave screenplay co-written by Susannah Grant (directed by J Blakeson), release date 14th of January 2016

Carol screenplay by Phyllis Nagy (directed by Todd Haynes), release date 14th of January 2016

The Danish Girl screenplay by Lucinda Coxon (directed by Tom Hooper), release date 21st of January 2016

Room screenplay by Emma Donoghue (directed by Lenny Abrahamson), release date 28th of January, 2016


Still screening (at time of publication):

Suffragette directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan.

The Dressmaker directed & co-written by Jocelyn Moorehouse.

Check below for where the films are screening:

Palace Nova; Hoyts; Wallis; Greater Union; Capri Theatre; Odeon Star; The Regal Theatre/Trak Cinemas.

I should add that I’ve just checked Adelaide cinemas – sometimes other states get different films, so apologies if I’ve missed anything. As I go on with the series, I may get a little less overwhelmed at collecting information.

Also, I’m not sure if I should include films where women are credited for the story/original idea/scenario – any thoughts? I have a decent idea of what that means, but not sure if it’s as important as the direction and screenplay. I’m learning as I go, so any input would be appreciated. And please let me know if I’ve missed any!

Note: information correct at time of publishing.