WEEK IN WOMEN: Oscar Noms Lack Diversity, Snub Female Directors – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has faced widespread criticism for the dearth of diversity among the top nominees as well as the exclusion female filmmakers at its upcoming 92nd Annual Academy Awards to be held February 9.

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LITTLE MONSTERS – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

It’s hard to express just how desperately the world needs to see a zombie-slaying Lupita Nyong’o playing Taylor Swift songs on a ukulele to a kindergarten class in the Australian bush until you’ve actually seen it. On this front alone, Abe Forsythe’s sophomore feature Little Monsters is a gift. Smiling and singing, Nyong’o’s unforgettable Miss Caroline fights back her own fears in order to calm her young students, bringing the concept of “duty of care” to a whole new level.

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Women at Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Topping off a stellar year for the work of women filmmakers at the 68th iteration of the Melbourne International Film Festival, that Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale won The Age Critics Award for the year – the festival’s most esteemed accolade – comes as little surprise. Writing in The Age newspaper (the award issuer), Australian film critic Sandra Hall wrote of Kent’s fearless sophomore feature “We found Jennifer Kent’s depiction of early 19th century Tasmania utterly convincing…the film’s portrayal and condemnation of violence against women is just as pertinent today as it was then.”

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US – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The brilliant writer-director deftly avoids the dreaded sophomore slump following his socially conscious 2017 Oscar-winning blockbuster “Get Out,” for which he became first African-American screenwriter to win the Academy Award for best original screenplay, by crafting an even more ambitious, frightening and twisty thriller.

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