Remember when Wonder Woman shattered box office records back in 2017? Of course you do. It earned over $223 million on its opening weekend and became the highest grossing film for a female director still to this date. There’s a slew of films debuting in 2019 that are directed by women (see our list below), but why should you support these movies? Here are four reasons that should inspire you to support female directed films this year.
New Story Angles
When women tell stories, they portray characters as they see them through the female gaze. If you sat down and watched ten of the most popular movies directed by men, you’d probably notice a trend. Female characters depicted by male directors and writers are often seen in supporting roles - the charismatic romantic interest with little depth that a male character wants to conquer or pursue. Even though it’s becoming less rare, it’s still surprising to see women in leading roles without having her story being driven by a man. Female directors are able to see women through a different perspective and tell their stories as characters who are more than just a male’s counterpart. By supporting female directed films, you’re supporting equality for women and in general, you support just wanting to see women in a variety of roles!
More Opportunities for Women
Supporting and watching films that are directed by women gives other ladies an opportunity to also play a role in the file industry. When Patty Jenkins killed it at the box office with Wonder Woman, it woke up big name studios and made them realize that women can absolutely direct blockbuster films. The screenplay for last year’s latest edition to the Transformers series, Bumblebee, was written by a woman - which is a huge accomplishment for a male-dominated franchise. Putting women at the top of the chain by directing a film correlates with women being hired to do production work, assistant direct, write, and even act as assistants on set.
Inspires Young Women
It’s no secret that the film industry is heavily dominated by men, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Kathleen Kennedy, veteran producer and president of Lucasfilm Ltd., once commented in an interview that when she worked as a camera operator in the early years of her career, she was the only woman on her team. Kennedy’s enormous success has inspired tons of young women to pursue a career in the film industry and we need more of that. By supporting female directed films, you are letting these women know that their perspectives are just as important as their male co-workers.
It’s Time for Change
The most important thing to understand in Hollywood is that money talks. If you truly want to see change on screen that reflects our real world, you have to talk with your money. Buy a ticket to go see a female-directed film this month. If you’re too busy to see a movie, maybe gift a movie ticket to a friend that can go see it on your behalf. By making this small effort to make your voice heard, studios will see that female directors are wanted by audiences just as much (if not more) than male directors. Women will never have the spotlight they deserve if we don’t support them by seeing their movies and discussing their work.
Let everyone have a voice! If you’re interested in what female directed films are being released this year, we’ve compiled a list for you. This list does not include the numerous female directed films that will be premiered at Sundance.
Female Directed Films Debuting in 2019
Miss Bala- Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Miss Bala features the story of a character named Gloria who must find inner strength as she is pulled into a world of cross-border crime. It debuted February 1, 2019.
The Rhythm Section- In this story directed by Reed Morano, a young woman discovers that her family’s tragic death on an airplane was not an unfortunate accident after all. Played by Blake Lively, she takes on the disguise of an assassin to uncover who was behind this tragic event. Released on: February 22, 2019.
Captain Marvel- An epic story about a heroine plus her adorable cat named Goose. How could you not love that?! Anna Boden directs the newest installation of the Marvel cinematic universe about Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. You can watch it in theaters across the country on March 8, 2019.
Wonder Park- This animated film directed by Clare Kilner brings life to a little girl’s pretend amusement park called Wonderland that is quickly losing its special touch. With the help of the characters she’s created, June must put the wonder back into this magical place. Don’t worry, there’s no height requirement to see this movie on March 15, 2019!
Breakthrough- Roxann Dawson directs the real-life story of a mother who refuses to give up hope after her adopted son tragically falls through an icy Missouri lake. Defy the odds and hold onto faith during this movie that releases on April 17, 2019.
A Dog’s Journey- Dog lovers unite! Following 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose, this new journey directed by Gail Mancuso is about a dog who finds the meaning of his existence as he meets different humans during his lifetime. Now if only you could bring your pup with you to the theater on May 17, 2019.
The Sun is Also a Star- Based on the novel by Nicola Yoon, Ry Russo-Young is directing this tale on the big screen about a Jamaican-American girl who falls in love with a Korean-American boy the day she is due to be deported. The main characters are played by a stunning pair- Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton. This movie releases on May 17, 2019 and is sure to be a heartwarming tearjerker!
The Kitchen- Who doesn’t love a good gangster story? Directed by Andrea Berloff, The Kitchen is based on the Vertigo Comics graphic novel of the same name and tells the story of three wives that take over their husbands’ mobster business after they’re imprisoned. It releases on September 20, 2019.
Abominable- DreamWorks animation brings a story directed by Jill Culton about a group of travelers who encounter a young Yeti on their trek through the Himalayan Mountains. We haven’t seen a trailer for this film yet, but it releases on September 27, 2019.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood- Tom Hanks plays the beloved Fred Rogers from “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” in this biopic directed by Marielle Heller. We can’t wait to see our favorite neighbor again on October 18, 2019.
Charlie’s Angels- A new trio is coming to town on November 1, 2019! Elizabeth Banks revamps the infamous 1970s television series with current stars Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart, and Ella Balinska.
Frozen 2- Do we even have to explain this one? Anna and Elsa are back on November 22, 2019 in the Frozen sequel directed by Jennifer Lee. Hope you like warm hugs!
Little Women- Greta Gerwig directs your favorite classic story from the aftermath of the Civil War featuring some familiar faces like Emma Watson and Laura Dern. It releases on December 25, 2019.
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