Women on Film

A window on Sight & Sound’s ongoing coverage of women’s cinema, from female-focussed films and movies made by women to reports and comment on the ongoing underrepresentation of women in the film industry at large.

2016

  • The rise of female documentary makers in Mexico

    The rise of female documentary makers in Mexico

    Mexico may not be the easiest country in which to be a woman, and its cinema’s pecking order is as macho as most. But at this year’s Ambulante documentary festival, six female-directed finds show the country’s subordinate sex finding its voice, reports Neil Young.
    Friday 10 June 2016

  • Making ground: remembering Kathleen Collins

    Making ground: remembering Kathleen Collins

    As the reputation of Kathleen Collins’ enrapturing, semi-autobiographical Losing Ground finally grows, nearly 35 years after its release, Ashley Clark pays tribute to its late maker and her all-too-brief career.
    Monday 23 May 2016

  • The invisible woman: film’s gender bias laid bare

    The invisible woman: film’s gender bias laid bare

    Three recent reports conclusively prove that female filmmakers are underrepresented across all sectors of the international industry, and urge institutional change to redress the balance. By Nikki Baughan.
    Wednesday 11 May 2016

The Female Gaze (2015)

  • Sight & Sound: the October 2015 issue

    Sight & Sound: the October 2015 issue

    The Female Gaze: 100 underrated films directed by women, with contributions from Agnès Varda, Jane Campion, Claire Denis, Isabelle Huppert, Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig and more. Plus Tom Hardy and Legend, Horse Money, Mia Madre and Lucrecia Martel.

  • Women with a movie camera

    Women with a movie camera

    Behind every great female-directed film is a female director. It’s time to make them iconic, says Isabel Stevens.
    Monday 7 September 2015

  • Scissor sisters

    Scissor sisters

    Given the maleness of the industry, it’s a surprise to realise just how many classic films have been crafted by female editors, says Mark Cousins.
    Monday 7 September 2015

  • Year of the Woman – and archives full of women!

    Year of the Woman – and archives full of women!

    Sophie Mayer on the internet debut of Sandra Hochman’s Year of the Woman – and the visions of feminism now emerging from the archives.
    Monday 7 September 2015

  • Archives online: Margaret Tait’s rooms of her own

    Archives online: Margaret Tait’s rooms of her own

    Thirza Wakefield on the homespun, one-woman cinema of Margaret Tait in the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive: 48 emblems of a cinema “what’s welling up in people to make”.
    Friday 25 September 2015

  • Target: equality

    Target: equality

    Holly Aylett on calls from European leaders for action to foster change in the film industry.
    Friday 11 September 2015

  • Washed away: lost films by female directors

    Washed away: lost films by female directors

    Cinema’s pre-segregated heyday of female filmmaking is sadly also its most hidden from history. Here seven critics nominate lost treasures they hope might yet be rediscovered.
    Friday 2 October 2015

  • Toons by women at Encounters 2015

    Toons by women at Encounters 2015

    Female animators weren’t on the wane at this year’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. Alex Dudok de Wit picks a handful of the standouts.
    Wednesday 21 October 2015

  • Different strengths: women to the fore (and aft) at London 2015

    Different strengths: women to the fore (and aft) at London 2015

    Women were in the spotlight at this year’s London Film Festival, from Suffragette’s opening-gala platform to the Geena Davis Institute’s campaign on gender representation. But did the emphasis on symbols overshadow subjects and sensibilities, asks Simran Hans?
    Friday 30 October 2015

  • ‘Strong’ women – latinate quarter at London 2015

    ‘Strong’ women – latinate quarter at London 2015

    With women on film centre-stage at this year’s London Film Festival, Mar Diestro-Dópido rounds up ten films with a female flavour from Latin America, Spain, France and Italy.
    Thursday 5 November 2015

Women on Film: Female film reporter competition (2013)

Women on Film: the Sight & Sound competition for female film writers (2011)

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  • 10 great feminist films

    10 great feminist films

    Some great feminist films are screening at BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival this March. We remember some of the pioneering films that paved the way…


    Thursday 5 March 2015

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  • 10 great lesbian films

    10 great lesbian films

    We look back through film history at 10 of the greatest movies about lesbians.


    Tuesday 11 March 2014

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  • 10 great British films directed by women

    10 great British films directed by women

    With Joanna Hogg’s third film, Exhibition, confirming her as among our best new directors, we look back at some of the finest films directed by women in the UK.


    Thursday 24 April 2014

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  • 10 great modern British documentaries directed by women

    10 great modern British documentaries directed by women

    Louise Osmond is one of a number of distinctive female documentary-makers to have emerged in recent British cinema. As her latest film, the racing underdog story Dark Horse, goes on release, we look at some of their finest achievements.


    Thursday 9 April 2015

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  • 10 great films about women and the city

    10 great films about women and the city

    To honour the rerelease of Satyajit Ray’s The Big City, we take a tour of 10 more remarkable films about female experience in the world’s metropolises.


    Thursday 15 August 2013

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  • 10 great films about women in wartime

    10 great films about women in wartime

    Like the new adaptation of Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir Testament of Youth, these 10 film classics explore the contributions and experiences of women during wartime.


    Thursday 15 January 2015

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  • 10 wonderful women of sci-fi

    10 wonderful women of sci-fi

    With the results of our poll seeking to find Greatest Sci-Fi Character of All Time not far off, we wondered: how will women fare in the voting?


    Thursday 6 November 2014

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  • Birds Eye View 2014: seven female friendships on film

    Birds Eye View 2014: seven female friendships on film

    To mark a rare screening of Girlfriends, a favourite of Stanley Kubrick and Lena Dunham, we look at seven other memorable female friendships on film.


    Friday 4 April 2014

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