In this dog-eat-dog world of filmmaking and features galore, it’s impossible to forget that the majority of the bigger-known directors out there are men. In a business of filmmakers being handed huge projects after a few indie hits (I’m looking at you Colin Trevorrow) why is it female directors aren’t being given the same amount of tasks and responsibilities that WE KNOW they’re more then capable of? They have the same amount of talent and eye for detail as men do, so why aren’t more of them being given the same chances to showcase their skills? This needs to change and it needs to change now. Below are a few female directors who are increasingly making a great name for themselves in the business, and a few films of theirs that show their mastering of the directors skill, as well as their ability to further be handed bigger projects for the forseeable future.
Already an accomplished actress, Bell has recently dipped her toes into the world of directing, and it seems to be agreeing with her very nicely! Making her writing and directing debut in 2010 with her short Worst Enemy, Bell followed up with her first full-length feature In a World… in 2013. Premiering at Sundance to warm critical reception, Bell has proved she’s got an act for comedic timing and execution. It’ll be exciting to see what this newly discovered talent has in store for future projects, and what other comedy chops she has up her sleeves.
She made us all shutter with fear of the unknown. Her first feature The Babadook received critical acclaim and Kent was lauded for her ability to bring fear and suspense to the story, in a non-typical matter as per other horror films. There hasn’t been too much on the spectrum since The Babadook, but when this suspense/thriller expert finally decides to come out with another heart stopping piece, it’s no question that we will all be in line awaiting the terror that made our pulses quicken just like her last creation.
Many have no idea that this director is already an Oscar winner for her short film Wasp! Arnold’s has been turning out great work for the better part of a decade. Her film Fish Tank was critically acclaimed and even won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film in 2010. Her adaption of Wuthering Heights also won the prestigious Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Her most recent piece American Honey won the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival just last month! It’s truly apparent that Arnold’s is a talent that should be more recognised on a global spectrum and hopefully her work will become more widely known for future filmgoers.
Most of you probably don’t know that Mary Harron directed the now modern classic American Psycho! Harron blew expectations out of the water with her adaption of the Bret Easton Ellis novel. Many argued there was no possible way the novels graphic content could transfer to the big screen. Harron not only silenced the doubters, but proved that no other director could have executed the final product as masterfully as she did. Harron has released a few projects since Psycho, but who knows; maybe it’s only a matter of time before she shocks audiences once more!
Gina Prince Bythewood
Nora Ephron was a gem for stories of romance, but it seems we have finally found someone who can fill in those impeccable shoes. Gina Prince Bythewood has a skill of turning a simple romance story into something with fluidity and real integrity. Beyond The Lights was a standout in 2014 due to Bythewood’s ability to turn even the most formulaic plot, into something real and inspiring. PLEASE MAKE MORE MOVIES WE ARE BEGGING YOU! She’s got the eye for romance, and an even bigger heart for tenderness in the cinema world.
She has already broken the cultural norms being the first female Saudi Arabian filmmaker on the rise. Her feature debut Wadjda was the first film ever to be filmed in the country and received widespread acclaim at many international festivals; even receiving a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Awards. Her upcoming feature A Storm in the Stars will be her English-language full length debut. After tearing down all the barriers that were in her way already, it’ll be exciting to see how much more creativity and visual brilliance she will be bringing to the big screen for the future to come.
Her film debut A Way of Life was a hit back in 2004, and her most recent piece Belle had critics hailing and praising, and it even went on to win the Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Asante has more then established her artistic talent eye for her ability to draw raw human emotion in the most naturalistic of approaches. Her upcoming feature A United Kingdom will once again surely showcase her talent for many more audience members and critics to come.