FOCUS ON FEMALE FILMMAKERS AT 2019 LONDON KOREAN FILM FEST – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

The 2019 festival turns towards the role of women in both Korean cinema specifically and representations in Korean culture more broadly in two ways; firstly across a variety of other program streams including Cinema Now and focuses on documentary, shorts and animations, and perhaps of more immediate, the Women’s Voices strand that highlights the best of women-made Korean cinema at the current moment.

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Women-Directed Short Films @ TIFF19 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Like so much at festivals of TIFF’s scale, the real treasures are often from filmmakers from around the world whose names are comparatively new, and this is certainly the case with this year’s women-made shorts. There was no lack of women filmmakers in the strand, with 56% of the Short Cuts program this year directed by women.

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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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King to Direct ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar winner Regina King is set to direct the fact-based drama One Night in Miami, based on the debut play from Kemp Powers, who has adapted it for the screen. Set on the night of Feb. 25, 1964, the narrative follows a young Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

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WOMEN FILMMAKERS AT MONTREAL’S INTERNATIONAL FANTASIA FILM FEST – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Breaking with past bad habits, the presence of women-made movies at genre film festivals around the world is now becoming an assumed norm rather than a curious anomaly. The 2019 iteration of Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival is a case in point, a fiercely independent and originally programmed festival that defines ‘outside the box’ curatorial thinking to the point that it has earned a strong international reputation for taste-making and trend-setting on the global film genre scene.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hanelle Culpepper Launches New STAR TREK Series – Brandy McDonnell reports

Hanelle Culpepper is entering into new territory for Star Trek. Culpepper will direct the opening two episodes of the upcoming untitled Star Trek series focusing on the character of Jean-Luc Picard. She will be the first female director to launch a new Star Trek series in the franchise’s 53-year history.

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SPOTLIGHT January 2019: Karyn Kusama, Feminist Filmmaker, DESTROYER

A vocal advocate for women filmmakers, Kusama has consistently spoken passionately about the importance of diversity in the film industry. The success of Destroyer will no doubt continue to raise the visibility of the platform from which Kusama speaks, not only as an artist, but as a woman whose voice has been stifled so many times by a male-dominated industry who in the past have been so shamefully dismissive of the important things she has to tell us and of her extraordinarily skillful and creative way of telling them.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Golden Globes 2019 Snub Female Directors – Brandy McDonnell reports

Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has shut out female directors. No female helmers are nominated for best director for the 2019 Golden Globes. 2018 Golden Globes presenter Natalie Portman pointedly criticized the lack of female nominees during the televised show earlier this year, going off script to emphasize “And here are all the MALE nominees.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hannah Marks to direct THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Actor-filmmaker Hannah Marks, who recently co-starred in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, is set to direct The Swimsuit Issue for LD Entertainment and American High. The script, which was a standout on 2014’s Black List, centers on a nerdy high school lad who considers himself an amateur photographer and attempts to create a Swimsuit Issue to raise funds for summer camp.

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