Dec 232016
 

At the beginning of the year I pledged to watch 52 films by women as part of an initiative started by Women in Film, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. For my challenge I decided that only first-time watches of feature-films directed or co-directed by women or trans filmmakers would count towards the total (which I easily achieved a couple of months back).

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Apr 302016
 

Cleofrom5to7

For some reason Ryan McNeil keeps inviting me back to speak on his podcast. I am flattered, but not always up to the task. For this episode we talked about the #52FilmsByWomen challenge (read more about the challenge¬†here). I really enjoyed the chat, but man (or ‘woman’, as would be more appropriate in this case) – my brain was not playing ball. I found it so difficult to articulate myself and describe the plots of films I had watched only a few months before. It was rather frustrating. I am certain I created quite a lot of editing work for Ryan!

Despite my brain farts, I encourage you to give this a listen. This challenge has been incredibly rewarding and at times, rather challenging, particularly in terms of sourcing the films and the lack of films directed by women showing at the cinema in general release. I think you’ll get from the podcast that Ryan and I are both getting a lot out of the challenge, and are for the most part, enjoying it immensely. We also talk about some films we have enjoyed, and some films we are looking forward to checking it. It’s a great way to get some recommendations if you want to get into the challenge, or just watch some more films directed by women.

The full episode is available here.