#DirectedByWomen INTERVIEW- Sarah Adina Smith: On motherhood, sibling relationships and wanting to be a fighter pilot
Interviews / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen INTERVIEW- Sarah Adina Smith: On motherhood, sibling relationships and wanting to be a fighter pilot

Sarah Adina Smith is a director, writer, and editor. She directed the Mother’s Day segment of the 2016 horror anthology Holidays. Her 2014 mystery drama The Midnight Swim featured three sisters working to process their mother’s sudden death. Being one of three sisters myself, I was struck by its realistic depiction of adult sibling relationships. … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen THROWBACK REVIEW- Wayne’s World: On nonsensical humour, friendship and impressing girls
Reviews / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen THROWBACK REVIEW- Wayne’s World: On nonsensical humour, friendship and impressing girls

From the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody sing-a-long to the Scooby-Doo style end-scene reveal, Wayne’s World is a treasure trove of pop culture references. With its influence still being seen in today, mainly due to the number of phrases it coined – the most famous being “Schwing!” and “Schyeah” But also because of it’s refusal to take … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen Mulvey and Scopophilia in Arnold’s “Fish Tank”
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen Mulvey and Scopophilia in Arnold’s “Fish Tank”

Teetering on the brink of young girlhood and adulthood, Mia in Andrea Arnold’s film, “Fish Tank,” displays the melancholy, angst, and sexual desire that looms over her in the shabby and broken down social and economic makeup of small town Britain. Growing up with a careless mother, smoking and drinking at a young age, and … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- Dogfight: On young love, Vietnam and gender performance
Reviews / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- Dogfight: On young love, Vietnam and gender performance

At the risk of too much hyperbole, I believe Dogfight to be one of the greatest films ever made. But unfortunately not many have seen it. Director Nancy Savoca demonstrates some of the finest camerawork and vision put to screen. It is a shame that her career never took off after demonstrating such exemplary work. … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen FILM SUBMISSIONS: Up and comer Rena Johnson shares her short films
Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen FILM SUBMISSIONS: Up and comer Rena Johnson shares her short films

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 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