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#DirectedByWomen SLEEPING BEAUTY (2011): spectatorship, voyeurism and subverting the male gaze
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen SLEEPING BEAUTY (2011): spectatorship, voyeurism and subverting the male gaze

In considering the heterosexual desire seen in film, Laura Mulvey noted that ‘In a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female.’ (Mulvey, 1975: 837). This concept of activity and passivity in relation to gender is particularly apt when considering Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty (2011). Leigh’s film chooses … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen WOMEN ON THE VERGE: THE FILMS OF NICOLE HOLOFCENER
Anything and Everything / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen WOMEN ON THE VERGE: THE FILMS OF NICOLE HOLOFCENER

Type “great auteur directors” into Google and you’ll find in their generated box of photos and names a grand total of ZERO female directors. For those unfamiliar, the auteur theory is the notion that the director is the primary voice for a film. Their exceptional artistic sensibilities are readily apparent in their woks and they … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen FILM SUBMISSION: ‘Univerze’ by Ze Rebelle
Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen FILM SUBMISSION: ‘Univerze’ by Ze Rebelle

Our ‘Women Film-Makers’ segment wants to try to showcase the work of budding women directors. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be making films as a profession, or submitting them to festivals, you can submit something you made for a school project, or just lil experimental stuff you’ve shot by yourself or with friends. All we need is a … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- 28 Days: On addiction, wedding cakes and noughties technology
Reviews / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- 28 Days: On addiction, wedding cakes and noughties technology

The first thing I noted about Betty Thomas’ ‘28 Days‘ is that it is often feels like a video (played on VHS) that you’re shown in high school to warn about the dangers of drug addiction. Camera shots and effects are employed, showing off that this was the noughties, an era where new technology could … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- The Invitation: On outbursts, cults and creepy undertones
Reviews / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- The Invitation: On outbursts, cults and creepy undertones

Dinner party films work so well due to a claustrophobic quality, felt by both the audience and characters, stuck in one setting with the same group of people. Films such as ‘The Host‘, ‘Coherence‘ and even ‘Would You Rather‘ utilise such a setting to emphasise that there is no escape and that they only have … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- Tallulah: On free spirits, motherhood and women knowing their worth
Reviews / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- Tallulah: On free spirits, motherhood and women knowing their worth

It’s easy to classify Sian Heder’s directorial debut Tallulah as a mature Juno follow-on, thanks to the central focus again being a child and the return of Ellen Page and Allison Janney’s charismatic pairing. But despite its leading actresses, Tallulah sets aside quirky one-liners and a Moldy Peaches soundtrack to become a much more realistic … Continue reading