News about discrimination against women in the film industry are disheartening – from Mila Kunis’s experience of sexism as an actor to the fact that only 6 per cent of titles are directed by women. However, something we can do as an audience is to support women’s works in the industry – by watching their movies. Here are eight films directed by women that you can rent/buy and binge this weekend!
- Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
A lonely newlywed meets an aging American film star in Tokyo, Japan. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray.
- One Day (Lone Scherfig, 2011)
The movie follows the lives of two college graduates as their friendship grows throughout the years. Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.
- Saving Face (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge, 2012)
The Academy Award-winning documentary film follows the story of two women who became victims of acid attacks in Pakistan.
- Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2001)
The comedy explores the life of a family during a traditional Punjabi Hindu wedding. Starring Naseeruddin Shah and Lillete Dubey.
- You’ve Got Mail (Nora Ephron, 1998)
Two people begin an online relationship without knowing that they are actually business rivals. Starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
- My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong, 1979)
Based on a 1901 novel with the same name, the film follows the story of an Australian girl in pursuit of a better life in the 19th century. Starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill.
- What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (Mouly Surya, 2013)
Visually impaired teenagers explore love, career dreams and adolescent life. Starring Ayushita Nugraha and Nicholas Saputra.
- The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010)
The life of a lesbian couple is changed when their teenage offsprings find their biological father. Starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.