Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017 – Line-Up Announced

Here we are once again. I literally salivate at the mouth at the prospect of spending hours and hours in a darkened room with all these women. Women directors, and their marvelous work, as we fast approach the Directed By Women Worldwide Film Viewing Party. Following the success of last year’s online viewing event, Femme […]

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Watch Tim Burton Films Live

#DirectorsWeekend – #TimBurton – Friday August 4th – Sunday August 6th As part of the Directors’ Weekend we’re promoting the opportunity to watch some of Tim Burton‘s movies live online – a viewing event if you will. Below are the selected three films for the marathon Sunday (obviously you can watch other Burton films if you […]

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Review And Q&A: Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper is an emotional story about loss, luxury labels, comfy pullovers, ghosts, scooters, ectoplasm, and contacting the other side. Something for everyone, en fait. Personal shopper is the second collaboration between the French auteur director Olivier Assayas and his Southlands ingénue, Kristen Stewart, who scooped the first ever Cesar to go to an American […]

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Review: Guillermo del Toro Exhibition (LACMA)

Slowly and in awe, I pilger with many others through the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) exhibition that gives us a glimpse into the mind of Guillermo del Toro and his passion for the past and the mystery that holds for us. His admiration for Poe and Lovecraft is evident. The quirky side […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Mustang

CLOSING DAY Friday 16th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: Mustang Femme Filmmaker: Deniz Gamze Ergüven The five sisters majestically depicted in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang reside in a truly beautiful coastal town, but their current lifestyles appear to be that of oppression and claustrophobia, told where not to go and what not to do, and […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Beyond the Lights

DAY NINE Thursday 15th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: Beyond the Lights Femme Filmmaker: Gina Prince-Bythewood Beyond the Lights was the other half of the Gugu Mbatha-Raw breakthrough combo of 2014 (the other being Belle, also directed by a woman). Gina Prince-Bythewood’s romantic drama also features Minnie Driver, Nate Parker, and Danny Glover (who also […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Day Eight Change of Plan

DAY EIGHT Wednesday 14th September 2016 (all-day event) NOTE: Due to streaming ending in the UK of the scheduled film It Felt Like Love directed by Eliza Hittman, then the Femme Filmmakers Festival viewing will have to be substituted – unless of course you can find a legitimate stream yourselves. The film is still available […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: What Happened, Miss Simone?

DAY SIX Sunday 11th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: What Happened, Miss Simone? Femme Filmmaker: Liz Garbus The title What Happened, Miss Simone? was a question asked by Maya Angelou, and documentary film-maker Liz Garbus strives to perhaps answer this, but also shine some light on the illustrious singer and cultural icon. The well-received feature-length […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn

DAY FIVE Saturday 10th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn Femme Filmmaker: Liv Corfixen Danish film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn is married to Liv Corfixen, a woman who is certainly not afraid to pick up a camera and direct her own narrative. In this frustratingly short documentary, Corfixen candidly expresses […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: We Need To Talk About Kevin

DAY FOUR Friday 9th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin Femme Filmmaker: Lynne Ramsay Bringing Lionel Shriver’s novel to the screen took some time for director Lynne Ramsay to get made, a psychological drama echoing the despairs of motherhood. We Need To Talk About Kevin focuses on the troubled, off-the-wall […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Middle of Nowhere

DAY THREE Sunday 4th September 2016 (all-day event) Film: Middle of Nowhere Femme Filmmaker: Ava DuVernay A hit at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Directing award for Ava DuVernay, who also wrote and produced, Middle of Nowhere features a stand-out performance from Emayatzy Corinealdi whose promising life is tainted when her […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: Girlhood

DAY TWO Saturday 3rd September 2016 (all-day event) Film: Girlhood Femme Filmmaker: Céline Sciamma Bande de filles from French translates to group of girls, whereas it’s English title Girlhood may suggest something slightly different. Both interpretations, that these teenage girls form a tough cliche, and that there is a penetrating friendship, ring true in Céline […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

OPENING NIGHT Friday 2nd September 2016 (all-day event) Film: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Femme Filmmaker: Ana Lily Amirpour In the open darkness a girl walks home alone at night, attired in stripes and cloak. But there is a bite to this girl, not just an isolation, but a thirst for more, much more. Ana […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival – Line-Up Announced

Following Netflix taking The Hurt Locker, City of God, and Una Noche from their streaming service recently, I was near-devastated that I could not include those movies directed by women in the upcoming online screening event – Femme Filmmakers Festival, running alongside the September 2016 #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party (click here). Finding movies for […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival – September Is Coming

Those of you that joined me last year in the #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Parties ought to be delighted to know that over at the official site they are organizing the same event this September – only this time it is for the whole month (click here). As you can imagine, then, I was rubbing […]

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2016 Half Way Movie Lists Coming Soon

Okay so it is almost that time of year again. The half-way point. I know, we think all the best movies come out right at the end of the year. Well, when we do actually take the time to look closer, we can see that there have been many worthy films to surface in 2016. […]

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Giving Thanks For Film Food

As you Americans and company dive head-first into your Thanksgiving dinners and celebrations, spare a few moments from setting the table, stuffing the turkey, and whatever else, take a little time to relax for a moment to browse this quick cinematic last-minute check-list. ***** I’m sure the food will be in abundance for many, but […]

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Let’s Tell Horror Movie Scary Stories

SCARY STORIES — Writing a post about your most CHILLING MEMORIES from watching HORROR FILMS? Please RT and get in the spirit. #Halloween — Robin Write (@WriteoutofLA) October 12, 2015 These days when I think about horror films, or get into a discussion about them, one of the main strands tends to be regarding the […]

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Two Daughters At The Movies: Inside Out

The first daughter is my very own. I’ve been itching to take her to the movies for some time. Of course you want your kids to like movies, but you kind of also want them to like the movies you like, as well as find out what their taste might be. My 3 year-old daughter […]

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Never Forget: 11 New York Movies

Okay so before you go decide on which of the following 11 New York films you are going to binge watch, have you read my poem yet? Blatant plugging, I know. I felt the urge to dig out this poem I wrote again to those loved and lost in 2001. #September11 #NeverForget911 pic.twitter.com/QeGIPHtvAM — Robin […]

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