In light of International Women’s Week we highlight 7 films that celebrate wonderful female directors, actors and lead characters out in our cinemas this week.
From fictional female superheroes to real-life women who have changed history through their fight for gender equality, this selection of films brings to light the importance of filmmaking in giving a voice to incredibly inspiring female-centric stories.
The Kindergarten Teacher, a film written and directed by Sara Colangelo, features Maggie Gyllenhaal’s astonishing performance as a kindergarten teacher who becomes fascinated with one of her students who she deems a poetic prodigy.
The film will screen as part of Birds’ Eye View’s Reclaim The Frame campaign to bring ever greater audiences to films by women to offer a wider perspective of the world.
Want to hear more? Check out our Podcast for a special conversation with director Sara Colangelo and actor Maggie Gyllenhaal about their new film.Book your tickets now
The first Marvel female superhero to lead her own film will make its debut this Friday. Captain Marvel, follows the journey of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes.Find your local cinema and book now
Nadine Labaki’s astonishing work as writer and director of her new film Capernaum made history as she became the first Arab woman to be nominated for a BAFTA and an Oscar.
Nadine Labaki strongly advocates for the recognition of female filmmakers within the industry explaining that, “You see the woman behind it. You see a different point of view of the world and you see different sensibilities…I think it’s very healthy” (Variety).Find your local cinema and book now
Immerse yourself in the incredible documentary Maiden which tells the inspirational story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989, despite harsh opposition from her male competitors and the press.
The film will show on Women’s Day, Thursday 7th March and will include a live + satellite Q&A with Tracy Edwards following the screening.Find your local cinema and book now
Director Mimi Leder honors the incredible achievements in the fight for gender equality in law of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her film On The Basis Of Sex. The film, starring Felicity Jones as the inspiring Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the early days of her career, is an important celebration of women’s rights.Find your local cinema and book now
Jellyfish is a touching coming of age story about a young carer who finds her voice through stand up comedy. The film features standout performance from breakout star Liv Hill (BIFA’s ‘Best Newcomer’ nominee.)Find your local cinema and book now
Acclaimed actress Charlotte Rampling won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her heartbreaking and powerful performance as Hannah, a woman whose life falls apart as she drifts between reality and denial after her husband’s imprisonment.
A wrenching, intimate portrait of a woman becoming disconnected from family, friends and society.Find your local cinema and book now
Happy International Women’s Week!