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Women In Film

Transgressive femininity in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca

By Eleanor Ring

The 1940 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel sees the title character refuse to be tamed by marriage.

Camille Keaton on the legacy of I Spit on Your Grave

By Elena Lazic

The actor reflects on her role in the controversial rape revenge classic from 1978.

Why Outrage remains a vital film for survivors of sexual violence

By Lizzy Dening

Ida Lupino’s 1950 drama about a young woman who is raped on her way home from work feels as urgent as ever.

Delphine Seyrig and the best year ever

By Lillian Crawford

With India Song currently playing on MUBI, we take a look back at the actor’s superlative feminist trilogy from 1975.

The gaslighting at the heart of Inception

By Eleanor Ring

Christopher Nolan’s mind-altering sci-fi seeks to redeem Cobb for his actions, but is he worthy of our sympathy?

Wild at Heart remains an empowering depiction of female trauma

By Lillian Crawford

In David Lynch’s 1990 film, Laura Dern’s Lula refuses to allow her rape to control her – she’s a survivor, not a victim.

The symbolic power of caravans in female coming-of-age films

By Davina Quinlivan

These stark, static structures often represent class, sexuality and escape, as Claire Oakley’s Make Up shows.

Why Proxima is a giant leap for motherhood on screen

By Emily Maskell

Eva Green’s astronaut explores uncharted territory in more ways than one in Alice Winocour’s space drama.

The pioneering filmmaker who broke the mould for women in Hollywood

By Pamela Hutchinson

Dorothy Arzner gave Golden Age female stars like Katharine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell intelligent, complex roles.

Looking beyond the violence of Baise-moi

By Daisy Phillipson

Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi explore sexual agency, trauma and the power of female friendship in this controversial 2000 thriller.

Hollywood prefers blondes (as index patients)

By Elizabeth Horkley

Attractive women of questionable virtue have long been a scapegoat for society’s literal ills.

A take-down of movies about nice guys who pester women

By Leila Latif

Exploring the rich and disturbing cinematic history of benign stalking. Whoever said nice guys finish last?

The Lost Careers of Difficult Women

By Emma Fraser

When women have their movie careers ruined by vindictive, controlling men, what happens next?

A new documentary is reclaiming the legacy of Alice Guy-Blaché

By Stefania Sarrubba

Pamela B Green’s Be Natural presents the untold story of this pioneering female filmmaker.

How Gillian Armstrong feminised Australian Cinema

By Laura Venning

In 1979, the first Australian film directed by a woman since the silent era signalled a new dawn for female authorship.

Why should we care who writes film history?

By Justine Smith

Reflections on director Mark Cousins’ latest cinematic road trip, Women Make Film.

South Korea’s female filmmakers are finally making their voices heard

By Darren Carver-Balsiger

At the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, five films directed by women signalled a new chapter for Korean cinema.

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