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Women Make Film

October / November 2020

Filmmaker Mark Cousins, whose epic documentary Women Make Film: A New Road Movie through Cinema was released in May, curates a companion season.


  • Concrete Night

    Concrete Night

    This dark Finnish noir about troubled adolescence is reminiscent of Coppola’s Rumblefish.

  • The Asthenic Syndrome

    The Asthenic Syndrome

    Beautiful and melancholic dystopian masterpiece from the Soviet Union.

  • The Girls

    The Girls + recorded interview with Sumitra Peries

    Perceptive and intricate insight into the world of a shy Sri Lankan teen.

  • The Wayward Girl

    The Wayward Girl

    Liv Ullmann stars as a young woman brought up by her single mother in a conservative, working-class Norwegian home.

  • Loving Couples

    Loving Couples

    Visually elegant and insightful portrait of three pregnant women during WW1.

  • Middle of Nowhere

    Middle of Nowhere

    A woman must come to terms with her husband receiving an eight-year prison sentence in this early film from Ava DuVernay.

  • We Were Young

    We Were Young

    Gripping, stylistically bold film noir from Binka Zhelyazkova.

  • A Question of Silence

    A Question of Silence

    Three Dutch women who have never met commit a deadly crime in response to their Stepford Wives-like existence.

  • But I’m A Cheerleader

    But I’m A Cheerleader

    A camp, deadpan takedown of conservative homophobia and conversion therapy.

  • Adoption


    Award-winning intergenerational story of female empowerment.


Look back at movie history and you find loads of great films directed by women. Yes, men ran the business and mostly offered jobs for the boys, but in many countries, especially in the former Soviet bloc, female filmmakers told stories that were epic, angry, enchanting, prophetic, political, beautiful, mythic or melancholic. They did so with camera styles that craned as in a musical, or observed like a doc. They rethought acting and editing, tackled all genres and periods. We know some of their names – Varda, Campion, Bigelow, Ramsay, etc. – but who were Binka Zhelyazkova, Edith Carlmar or Sumitra Peries? They put things on screen that we hadn’t seen before, in new guises. They unveiled worlds.

Mark Cousins

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