Directed &/or written by women, December 2016

Australian release dates.

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

Queen of Katwe directed by Mira Nair, release date 1st of December 2016 (via Hoyts)

Sand Storm directed by Elite Zexer, release date 1st of December 2016 (via Event Cinemas)

Underworld: Blood Wars directed by Anna Foerster, release date 1st of December 2016 (via Event Cinemas)

Suddenly Seventeen directed by Mo Zhang, release date 2nd of December 2016 (via Event Cinemas)

A United Kingdom directed by Amma Asante, release date 26th of December 2016 (via Palace Cinemas)

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

The Unmarried Wife written by Keiko Aquino (directed by Maryo J. De Los Reyes), release date 1st of December 2016 (via Event Cinemas)

Office Christmas Party co-written by Laura Solon (directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck), release date 8th of December 2016 (via Event Cinemas)

Check below for where the films are screening:

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

Mercury Cinema, while not like the other cinemas, sometimes has a couple of sessions of current releases. 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 think doing these once a month means I sometimes miss films that pop up unexpectedly but I don’t think I could manage doing them more frequently, just yet.

Full list of films directed &/or written by women released in Australia 2016 | Full list of just the films directed by women

Note: information correct at time of publishing.

Next year I will only be collecting movies directed by women.

October 2016 Roundup

I’ve been toying with the idea of a new format for these posts, but I was going to start using it next year for a nice clean start. It bothered me to have two months at the end of the year with a different format. But I’ve just grown so tired of the old one and there isn’t really any reason I can’t start playing with it, now, so here we go.

October was a really hard month for me, health-wise, and it greatly impacted my movie viewing. I only watched 9 new to me movies in the entire month, which makes October the lowest movie viewing month of the year. My favourites of these were A New Leaf and The Meddler. I’ll talk a bit about those below. I didn’t go to the cinema at all, due to my health, and I sort of fell out of the movie-news loop for a little while, so I don’t have much to say for this summary.

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October Favourites

As I mentioned, The Meddler and A New Leaf (pictured above) were my favourite movies for October but Paddington was a delightful surprise, too. I watched Paddington (pictured below) on a particularly bad day and it was the perfect balm for my anxious mood. A New Leaf was funny with Henrietta being quite a relatable character, and The Meddler was different than what I was expecting but all the better for it.

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Directed by Women

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A New Leaf directed by Elaine May and The Meddler directed by Lorene Scafaria were the only two films directed by women I watched in October. I’m hoping to get through a few more in November, and keep them to about 1/3 of all new-to-me movies I watch in 2016.

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Girl Asleep, 2015

You know when you see a film & it reminds you why you love cinema & you’re excited about that love and about cinema all over again? Girl Asleep, directed by Rosemary Myers, did that for me.

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It’s an impressive debut feature from Myers, who made the jump from theatre to film with Girl Asleep. I’d been kicking myself for not seeing it at least year’s Adelaide Film Festival (where it won the People’s Choice for best feature) so went to see it ASAP after it got a general release here. And I’m so glad I did. It’s my favourite film of the year. I was totally enchanted by this strange little world full of loveable weirdos. (Eliott, who is completely adorable, reminded me of a boy I went to high school with .)

Set in the ’70s it’s perfectly designed (and filmed in 1:1) from costumes to sets – the school reminded both myself and my friend of our own respective high schools. It was that blend of familiarity (the settings, finding people I know in the characters, the experiences) with the absurd and fantasy that drew me in so fully. And I always love seeing Adelaide on film.

It’s surreal, but full of heart and imagination, with not a little whimsy. It’s also hilarious (with no shortage of visual gags) and delves into the darker interior world of being an awkward teenage girl, of being an outsider. It’s quite different in (current) Australian film with its stylised nature and influences from the likes of Wes Anderson to David Lynch. In some ways, for me, it harks back to the sensibility of Strictly Ballroom and Muriel’s Wedding, with larger than life characters, who don’t become caricatures. They are still relatable.

Bethany Whitmore is fantastic in the lead role as Greta with her almost permanently perplexed expression. She’s very easy to relate to. And the rest of the cast , including the trio of mean girls, round out this world created by Myers and writer Matthew Whittet (who also plays Greta’s father) to perfection.

The dream/fantasy sequence was a little jarring at first but I quite liked that jump because dreams, themselves, can be so jarring. I liked the little bits of fantasy woven throughout the rest of the narrative, too. And the intertitles! I loved those. Very cleverly done.

This is one of those frustrating times where my limited writing skills really let me down because I just can’t articulate what I love about this movie but if you get a chance to see it, please do. I meant to post this much earlier, when it was still screening here, but life and other things got in the way (which is also why this isn’t as different from my letterboxd review as I was aiming for it to be). This is one I’m looking forward to revisiting.