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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to talk to me about your favourite (or at least notable) female film directors. After three years of this degree I am sick to death of studying films by white men about white men all the damn time. Especially after my class on Auteur theory was thirteen weeks of only straight while male middle class directors.
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taraljc From: taraljc Date: 8th October 2012 03:32 (UTC) (Link)

(Also, writing-wise, Frances Marion.)
thawrecka From: thawrecka Date: 8th October 2012 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
Kathryn Bigelow gives me so much hope.
littlerhymes From: littlerhymes Date: 8th October 2012 06:17 (UTC) (Link)
I love Sofia Coppola!

I think Julie Taymor has done some amazing work, notably Titus. Miranda July's debut was awesome and her follow-up I've heard is great.

And Jane Campion and Gillian Armstrong of course.
thawrecka From: thawrecka Date: 8th October 2012 06:48 (UTC) (Link)
I was ambivalent about Lost in Translation but I did think The Virgin Suicides was great.

Ooh, I'll have to look up Julie Taymor and Miranda July.
proteinscollide From: proteinscollide Date: 8th October 2012 08:14 (UTC) (Link)
I love Nicole Holofcener. She makes movies about women, about the complex relationships they have with each other across generations and class, and they're often full of prickly, even unlikeable characters but they're very *real* believable, interesting people.

Seconding the Jane Campion rec too.

Christine Jeffs - her movies are really beautiful and have great, interesting female characters, though sometimes I don't love them all the way through, but I'm never bored.

I also really liked Sarah Watt's Look Both Ways, and friends also liked her follow up as well. Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right is great. Lone Scherfig for An Education. Shirley Barrett's Love Serenade.

Some fuel for the righteous anger of having to study white male directors doing white male stories all the time: Manohla Dargis on the lack of women in Hollywood
proteinscollide From: proteinscollide Date: 8th October 2012 08:28 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, also Agnes Varda, and Agnieszka Holland!

Now I want to go and make a post of my favourite movies by female directors... :)
thawrecka From: thawrecka Date: 8th October 2012 08:49 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, yes, do it! This post is already making me feel so much better about my burning feminist rage.
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