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Did you know? Last year, women only comprised 21% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers on the top 100 grossing films (Centre for the Study of Women in TV & Film). This month is Women's History Month and with International Women's Day yesterday, we are highlighting women filmmakers to readdress the balance!

From a new take on artist Frida Kahlo and Greta Gerwig's endearing screenwriting, to Agnès Varda's New Wave, this issue is full of daring, joyful and women-fuelled cinema delights to celebrate International Women's Day.

We'd love to hear what you've been enjoying watching so feel free to drop us a message with your recommendations over social or email and they may feature in a future issue! Don't forget to follow our social media channels for more film content and reopening updates. - you can follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 
Frances Ha (2013) // Co-written by
and starring Greta Gerwig

Marketing Assistant: Ellie

"As Frances' life seemingly falls apart, her unbreakable spirit, wit and creativity carries her, leaping and bounding, to discover her own personal spin on happiness. Greta Gerwig fills Frances with an infectious joy and her and Sophie's strength of friendship steals the show!"

Watch on BFI Player
Movern Callar (2002) // Lynne Ramsay

Front of House: Phoebe

"I just watched Lynne Ramsay's 'Morvern Callar' the other night and loved it. I had been putting it off watching it because of how much I enjoyed the original Alan Warner book but was surprised at how true to the book the film was. Shot with Lynne Ramsay's iconic attention to detail, this film is somehow understated despite its oversaturated palette and disturbing plot."

Watch on iPlayer
Frida Kahlo (2021) // Directed by Ali Ray

Education Coordinator: Chloe

"I miss museums, but while we wait for them to reopen we can turn to great art documentaries! Frida Kahlo, as part of Exhibition on Screen, takes you on a journey through the artist’s life. The film gives an in-depth biographical, socio-political and art historical context to her work. A great resource for any art lovers!"

Watch on Curzon Home Cinema
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) // Written and directed by Agnès Varda

The Debutante Journal: Rachel & Molly

"A 1960s French Left Bank film, following young singer Cléo. The opening sequence, featuring tarot cards, reminds us of our issue 03 call for contributors, as well as interrogating the view of how women should “be” in French society. Naturally, we believe there are no prescribed ways for women to be behave or belong!"

Watch on Curzon Home Cinema
Find out more about Feminist-Surrealist arts journal The Debutante!
Who is She? Bechdel Test Podcast, Celebrating Women in Film

Bechdel Test Fest are back with a newly revamped podcast series for 2021, celebrating women in film, with past guests including Shirley's Josephine Decker and The Souvenir's Joanna Hogg!

Listen to their latest episode with Cathy Yan, the rapidly rising filmmaker behind Birds of Prey and Dead Pigs!

Listen to the podcast!
Senior Selections // Suspicion
Our next Senior Selections at Home is the all-time classic thriller, Suspicion, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Taking place over zoom on Wed 10 March at 2pm.

The event is for those aged 60+ only, tickets are free but limited so register now so you don't miss out!

Register Here
The Female Gaze, All Ways

Discover this unique selection of the female gaze in world cinema, specially curated for BFI by Birds' Eye View, the pathfinder for films by women!

With Filmhouse favourites including Céline Sciamma, Chloé Zhao and and Haifaa al-Mansour, as well as FREE film picks, this is a really exciting collection!

Browse the film selection
The Vanishing Half // Brit Bennett

Head of Development: Juliet

I loved this book! The Vanishing Half follows the lives of the Vignes sisters - identical twins who grow up in a small, Southern black community and run away at age sixteen. More than a decade later they are living completely different lives - one sister has returned to the town she grew up in, and the other is passing as white, with a white husband who knows nothing about her past.

This is a really complex, powerful, beautiful and poignant book, which deserves all of the hype it's been getting.
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