Looking Back at My New Year’s Resolution

Six months ago I posted a half-time report on my Resolution to watch all films directed by or written by women. It’s been a year of going to a lot more films than I usually do, but it’s largely been rewarding. For the sake of my own sanity I think I’ll restrict myself in future to just films directed by women, but I do want to continue. I’ve also had the realisation that a lot of the best or most interesting work often doesn’t get officially distributed, so it can be important to pay attention to the websites and Twitter accounts of the independent organisations and collectives which are making screenings happen, often in unusual or alternative venues.

I’ll post my overall favourite films I’ve seen this year in a separate post, although it’s fair to say the two lists will overlap pretty significantly. For now, here’s a list of all the films I’ve seen for my Resolution. The full list of all films directed and written by women, both ones I’ve seen and ones I’ve yet to see, is posted on my Letterboxd account (follow this link).

Bel Powley stars in 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'
Bel Powley stars in ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’

Films Directed (or Co-Directed) by Women

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015, dir. Marielle Heller)
Appropriate Behavior (2014, dir. Desiree Akhavan)
Eden (2014, dir. Mia Hansen-Løve) [seen last year]
Palio (2015, dir. Cosima Spender)
Dreamcatcher (2015, dir. Kim Longinotto)

Christian Friedel and Birte Schnöink star in 'Amour Fou'
Christian Friedel and Birte Schnöink star in ‘Amour Fou’

Amour Fou (2014, dir. Jessica Hausner)
Dokhtari dar sab tanha be xane miravad (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) (2014, dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)
Bande des filles (Girlhood) (2014, dir. Céline Sciamma) [seen last year]
Sherpa (2015, dir. Jennifer Peedom)
Que horas ela volta? (The Second Mother) (2015, dir. Anna Muylaert)
Selma (2014, dir. Ava DuVernay)
The Falling (2014, dir. Carol Morley) [seen last year]
Buttercup Bill (2014, dir. Remy Bennett/Émilie Richard-Froozan)
1971 (2014, dir. Johanna Hamilton)
Honeytrap (2014, dir. Rebecca Johnson)
Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice (Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey, aka Fidelio: Alice’s Journey) (2014, dir. Lucie Borleteau)
Mississippi Grind (2015, dir. Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck)
Le meraviglie (The Wonders) (2014, dir. Alice Rohrwacher)
52 Tuesdays (2013, dir. Sophie Hyde)
Dohui-ya (A Girl at My Door) (2014, dir. July Jung)
My Name Is Salt (2013, dir. Farida Pacha)
The Supreme Price (2014, dir. Joanna Lipper)
Futatsume no Mado (Still the Water) (2014, dir. Naomi Kawase)
Second Coming (2014, dir. debbie tucker green)
They Will Have to Kill Us First (2015, dir. Johanna Schwartz)
Elle l’adore (aka Number One Fan) (2014, dir. Jeanne Herry)
Pelo malo (Bad Hair) (2013, dir. Mariana Rondón)
The Closer We Get (2015, dir. Karen Guthrie)
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015, dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland)
The Wolfpack (2015, dir. Crystal Moselle)
Addicted to Sheep (2015, dir. Magali Pettier)
Jupiter Ascending (2015, dir. Andy Wachowski/Lana Wachowski)
McFarland, USA (aka McFarland) (2015, dir. Niki Caro)
Argerich (aka Bloody Daughter) (2012, dir. Stéphanie Argerich)
Love Is All: 100 Years of Love & Courtship (2014, dir. Kim Longinotto)
By the Sea (2015, dir. Angelina Jolie Pitt)
Urok (The Lesson) (2014, dir. Kristina Grozeva/Petar Valchanov)
Dil Dhadakne Do (2015, dir. Zoya Akhtar)
Wo De Shao Nu Shi Dai (Our Times) (2015, dir. Frankie Chen)
Suffragette (2015, dir. Sarah Gavron)
The Turning (2013, dir. various including Marieka Walsh/Ashlee Page/Claire McCarthy/Mia Wasikowska)
Dark Horse (2014, dir. Louise Osmond)
A Fuller Life (2013, dir. Samantha Fuller)
Gemma Bovery (2014, dir. Anne Fontaine)
Der Andständige (The Decent One) (2014, dir. Vanessa Lapa)
Återträffen (The Reunion) (2013, dir. Anna Odell)
Min lilla syster (My Skinny Sister) (2015, dir. Sanna Lenken)
Drone (2014, dir. Tonje Hessen Schei)
Censored Voices (2015, dir. Mor Loushy)
Brand: A Second Coming (2015, dir. Ondi Timoner)
Sea Without Shore (2015, dir. André Semenza/Fernanda Lippi)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015, dir. Elizabeth Banks)
Seven Songs for a Long Life (2015, dir. Amy Hardie)
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King (2015, dir. Jeanie Finlay)
Erebus: Operation Overdue (aka Erebus: Into the Unknown) (2014, dir. Charlotte Purdy/Peter Burger)

Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro star in 'The Intern'
Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro star in ‘The Intern’

The Intern (2015, dir. Nancy Meyers)
Bin Roye (2015, dir. Momina Duraid/Shahzad Kashmiri)
Miss You Already (2015, dir. Catherine Hardwicke)
The Dressmaker (2015, dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse)
Miss Julie (2014, dir. Liv Ullmann)
Gascoigne (2015, dir. Jane Preston)
Dancing in Jaffa (2013, dir. Hilla Medalia)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015, dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson)
The Voices (2014, dir. Marjane Satrapi)
No Manifesto: A Film about Manic Street Preachers (2015, dir. Elizabeth Marcus)
Born of War (2013, dir. Vicky Jewson)

Too many wasted actors in 'Love the Coopers'
Too many wasted actors in ‘Love the Coopers’

Love the Coopers (aka Christmas with the Coopers) (2015, dir. Jessie Nelson)
En chance til (A Second Chance) (2014, dir. Susanne Bier)
Hot Pursuit (2015, dir. Anne Fletcher)

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett lock eyes in 'Carol'
Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett lock eyes in ‘Carol’

Films Written (or Co-Written) by Women

Because I’ve also been trying to see films with women as writers, here’s an additional list of just the very best films directed by men but with writing contributions from women (you can check my Letterboxd list linked above for the full run-down).

Carol (2015, dir. Todd Haynes, wr. Phyllis Nagy)
Timbuktu (2014, dir. Abderrahmane Sissako, wr. Kessen Tall et al.)
Inside Out (dir. Pete Docter, wr. Meg LeFauve et al.)
London Road (2015, dir. Rufus Norris, wr. Alecky Blythe)

Films I Haven’t Yet Seen

Despite my best efforts, I haven’t been able to watch all the films given an official UK release (based on the Film Distributors’ Association website). Some never seemed to make it to the big screen in London, or if they did it was for a very short run at anti-social hours. I shall continue to try to catch up with them on home media in future in order to complete my challenge, but some of them (the Bollywood and Tamil ones in particular) may be difficult to track down.

Addicted to Fresno (aka Fresno) (2015, dir. Jamie Babbit, wr. Karey Dornetto)
Les Anarchistes (The Anarchists) (2015, wr. Gaëlle Macé et al.)
À trois on y va (All about Them) (2015, wr. Maël Piriou et al.)
Belle et Sébastien, l’aventure continue (Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues) (2015, wr. Juliette Sales et al.)
Brahmin Bulls (2013, wr. Anu Pradhan et al.)
A Christmas Star (2015, wr. Maire Campbell)
A Dark Reflection (2015, wr. Viv Young et al.)
Dartmoor Killing (2013, wr. Isabelle Grey et al.)
Une famille à louer (Family for Rent) (2015, wr. Murielle Magellan et al.)
The Good Dinosaur (2015, wr. Meg LeFauve)
The Hero of Color City (2014, wr. Jess Kedward/Kirsty Peart et al.)
The Honourable Rebel (2015, wr. Mary Stewart-David et al.)
Inji Iduppazhagi (2015, wr. Kanika Dhillon)
Jeg er din (I Am Yours) (2013, dir./wr. Iram Haq)
Kocan Kadar Konuş (Husband Factor) (2015, wr. Şebnem Burcuoğlu)
Leading Lady (2014, wr. Tina Kruger et al.)
Living in the Age of Airplanes (2014, wr. Jessica Grogan et al.)
Mr. X (2015, wr. Shagufta Rafique et al.)
M.L.E. (2015, dir./wr. Sarah Warren)
Momentum (2015, wr. Debra Sullivan et al.)
Nånting måste gå sönder (Something Must Break) (2014, dir. Ester Martin Bergsmark, wr. Bergsmark et al.)
On a Quest (2014, wr. Natasha Chawla/Shabana Dipchand/Rohini Manohar et al.)
Ramta Jogi (2015, wr. Santosh Dhanoa)
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015, wr. Carrie Evans et al.)
A Second Chance (2015, dir. Cathy Garcia-Molina, wr. Carmi Raymundo/Vanessa Valdez)
Star*Men (2015, dir. Alison Rose) [SEEN 2016]
Strange Magic (2015, wr. Irene Mecchi et al.)
Vai Raja Vai (2015, dir. Aishwarya R. Dhanush, wr. Madhan Karky)
Zoran, il mio nipote scemo (Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot) (2013, wr. Daniela Gambaro et al.)

2 thoughts on “Looking Back at My New Year’s Resolution

  1. It has been a good year. I loved 4 of the 5 films you gave two ticks to (haven’t seen Palio but will try and do so next year) and Eden was actually my favourite film of 2015. Anyway, although I don’t comment often I do tend to read most of your reviews and it has been interesting to follow your undertaking this year; it has turned me on to a few excellent releases I might otherwise have missed.

    1. Cheers Stu! I appreciate it, and I read your reviews too. Still so many films I have to see this year before I feel I can turn in any kind of meaningful best of. Ah well. And my resolution has certainly surprised me with plenty of films I’d honestly never have even given a second look at, and Palio was probably up the top of that list.


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