Year of the Woman

A specially selected programme of films featuring stories told about and by women, celebrating talented directors and screenwriters.

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Year of the Woman: Empowered Voices

In a year in which we note the 100th anniversary of the right of some women to vote in the UK, we acknowledge that there is still much change needed if we're going to achieve gender parity in society. From the perspective of the film industry, it's been widely championed this year that female representation on and behind the screen is key to the development of the artform, the audiences and the industry's economic growth.  Utilising the powerful tool for change that we know film can be, the titles in this strand focus on female characters and are all F-rated, a policy that aims to specifically highlight female storytellers, whether as director or screenwriter. Films made by a female director and screenwriter, that also feature female centric narratives receive the gold star: the triple F-rating.

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Films that are part of Year of the Woman

The Breadwinner

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration93 mins

The Breadwinner(2017)

Afghanistan-set animation in which a young girl disguises herself as a boy to provide for her family after her father is unjustly arrested.

Directed by Nora Twomey and written by Anita Doron, the film deals with themes such as democracy and religion from the perspective of a young Afghan girl, and links to Law and Literacy.

Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration75 mins

Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model(2016)

Documentary following a performance artist and her 10-year-old niece who together attempt to create a new kind of popstar role model.

Created by filmmaker Bryony Kimmings, the film explores themes such as gender representation, storytelling, fame and consumerism, and also links to subjects including Media Studies and Music.

The Darkest Minds

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration103 mins

The Darkest Minds(2018)

When the surviving population of US young people mysteriously develop powerful abilities, they must run away from adults planning to imprison them.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and starring Amandla Stenberg, the film deals with themes of democracy, mental health, life and death, and links to subjects including Literacy and Psychology.

Even When I Fall

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration93 mins

Even When I Fall(2017)

Documentary telling the remarkable story of Nepal’s first traveling circus, set up and performed by survivors of child trafficking.

Directed by Kate McLarnon and Sky Neal, the film centres the experiences of Nepalese women and deals with themes of community, slavery and mental health, and links to Geography and Citizenship.

Faces Places

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration94 mins

Faces Places(2017)

Documentary in which filmmaker Agnès Varda travels around rural France with a street artist, capturing portraits of local residents and communities.

Co-directed by Agnes Varda, this uplifting documentary deals with themes such as community, travel and exploration, and also links to subjects including Film Studies and Geography.

Freak Show

Cert12A

Age group14–16

Duration91 mins

Freak Show(2017)

A flamboyant gay teenager, attempting to adjust to life in a new town, decides to run for Homecoming Queen at his conservative high school.

Directed by Trudie Styler, the film deals with themes such as LGBT experiences, growing up and friendship, and also link to subjects including English and PSHE Education.

I Am Not A Witch

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration93 mins

I Am Not A Witch(2017)

A young girl in an African village is accused of witchcraft and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of the desert.

Directed and written by Rungano Nyoni, the film explores how sexism mergers with religion and colonialism from a young girl’s perspective, and deals with themes including slavery and mythology.

Jeune Femme

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration98 mins

Jeune Femme(2017)

A woman in her early thirties struggles through her Parisian life in this comedic French drama.

Co-written and directed by Léonor Serraille, the film centres a story of a woman struggling to get by in Paris, and deals with themes of health and wellbeing, and links to PSHE.

Lady Bird

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration94 mins

Lady Bird(2017)

Coming of age film focusing on the prickly relationship between a 17-year-old girl and her mother in Sacramento, California.

This directorial debut from Greta Gerwig, with a screenplay partly inspired by her life, deals with themes such as growing up, mental health, love and relationships.

Leave No Trace

CertPG

Age group14+

Duration109 mins

Leave No Trace(2018)

An army veteran and his daughter living in the wilderness are forced to adapt to society.

Directed by Debra Granik and co-written with Anne Rosellini, the film deals with themes such as poverty, the environment and child safety, and links to subjects including Geography and Citizenship.

Mary Magdalene

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration120 mins

Mary Magdalene(2018)

The story of Mary Magdalene and her journey as the 13th disciple of Jesus of Nazareth.

Co-written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, and starring Rooney Mara, the film also explores themes such as law and order, poverty and equality within a religious context.

Mary Shelley

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration120 mins

Mary Shelley(2017)

Period drama about the author of ‘Frankenstein’, spanning her life as a young woman and her romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

A period drama on the events that led up to the writer’s first published book at eighteen years old, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour and co-written with Emma Jensen.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration91 mins

The Miseducation of Cameron Post(2018)

A teenager is sent to a gay conversion therapy camp after she is caught kissing her best friend.

Directed by Desiree Akhavan, the film deals with topics such as mental health, growing up and community, and also links to subjects including Religious Studies and Psychology.

Ocean's 8

Cert12A

Age group14–16

Duration110 mins

Ocean's 8(2018)

All-female spin-off of the 'Ocean’s' heist trilogy which follows a crew of skilled criminals who plan a robbery of jewels at the Met Gala.

Co-written by Olivia Milch and featuring a cast of Hollywood’s leading female actors, this thrilling film deals with themes such as crime and punishment and links to Film Studies and Media Studies.

Pin Cushion

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration81 mins

Pin Cushion(2017)

Bullying affects the lives of a mother and daughter struggling to fit in to a new town.

Directed and written by Deborah Haywood, and centring a mother and daughter relationship, the film deals with themes of disability and inclusion and links to subjects including Psychology and PSHE.

The Prince of Nothingwood

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration86 mins

The Prince of Nothingwood(2017)

Documentary following Afghanistan’s most prolific filmmaker, Salim Shaheen, as he sets out to make his 111th film.

The film is directed by Sonia Kronlund and deals with themes such as democracy, filmmaking, fame and consumerism, and links to subjects including Citizenship and Film Studies.

The Rider

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration104 mins

The Rider(2017)

A young cowboy finds his life completely transformed following a near fatal accident on the rodeo circuit.

Directed and written by Chloé Zhao, the film deals with themes such rural life, mental health and disability, and also links to subjects including Psychology and PSHE Education.

The Shape of Water

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration123 mins

The Shape of Water(2017)

A mute janitor develops an intimate relationship with a mysterious amphibious creature at the height of the Cold War.

Co-written by Vanessa Taylor, this surreal story deals with themes such as equality, fairy tales and politics, and links to subjects including Film Studies, Citizenship and Science.

Step

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration84 mins

Step(2017)

Documentary following female students in their senior year at high school, attempting to win a step-dance championship and be accepted into college.

Directed by Amanda Lipitz, this is an empowering film about girlhood and resilience which deals with themes such as community, racism and prejudice, and links to subjects including Careers and PSHE.

Suffragette

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration106 mins

Suffragette(2015)

A powerful depiction of the rise of the Suffragist movement and some of the British women involved.

Created by a largely female crew, this film is directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. It deals with themes such as Equality, Poverty and Democracy and links to History and Politics.

Testament Of Youth

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration124 mins

Testament Of Youth(2014)

World War One drama based on the best-selling memoirs of British writer and anti-war campaigner Vera Brittain.

Screenplay written by Juliette Towhidi, adapted from Vera Brittain’s autobiography, the film deals with themes such as democracy and wellbeing, and links to subjects including History and English.

A Wrinkle in Time

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration109 mins

A Wrinkle in Time(2018)

Thirteen-year-old Meg must travel throughout the universe to find her father who has been missing for four years.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, and including a largely female cast, the film deals with topics such as technology, science and wellbeing and links to subjects including Literacy and Mathematics.

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