Raindance’s ‘top 25 films by women directors’ .. and mine

Recently, Alex Gandra over at Raindance published the article below.

It’s an interesting article, obviously strongly based on personal opinion.

I would have made other choices – I find Sarah Polley’s ‘Away From Her’ much more moving than ‘Stories We Tell’, and I could have done without all the 70s European work that really does not stand up to the test of time.

But the article got me thinking (which is the most an article like this can hope for).

So I did what any house-bound net troll would do: I googled.

First contender.

BFI’s ’10 great British films directed by women’.

There really are some crackers on here! Sally Potter’s Orlando, Jane Arden’s The Other Side of the Underneath, Dreams of a Life (which I haven’t seen but sounds awesome!). And in the comments you get even more goodies: Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher and Andrea Arnold’s Fishtank (hmm, note the animal theme!).

But ok, ok. There’s got to be more.

So I googled further!

And without further ado here is my own list. I stick to top 10 because I am soooo lazy.

  1. LOST IN TRANSLATION (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
  2. BOYS DON’T CRY (Kimberly Peirce, 1999)
  3. THE HURT LOCKER (Kathyrn Bigelow 2008)
  4. YENTL (Barbra Streisand 1983) – so sue me!
  5. WINTER’S BONE (Debra Granik 2010)
  6. EUROPA, EUROPA (Agnieszka Holland, 1990)
  7. ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (Miranda July 2005)
  8. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (Lynne Ramsay 2011)
  9. PRIVATE PARTS (Betty Thomas, 1997)
  10. MONSTER (Patty Jenkins, 2003)

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Phil Smy

I am currently a student in the Raindance Film Degree Masters program. This site comes from the research I am doing as I learn more about film production and distribution.

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