Once I started combing through Netflix to find shows and movies with female directors or producers, IT'S A LOT HARDER than you might imagine.
So then I started to do a little bit more research...
Then I started to binge watch everything I could find with female directors.
Hallee Hirsh does an amazing job as main character Kate, her hair is epic and her depiction of being sexually frustrated, 16 and living in a small town during the summer is spot on. And although the city in which I grew up is a skip from downtown Minneapolis, I identified very much.
Trivia from Hirsh's IMDB page:
At the beginning when you first meet Bethany her room, her closet is all very Molly Ringwold in Pretty in Pink, but within the first ten minutes there is an unexpected twist with the whole graduation scenario.
The mom (Anna Gunn) from Breaking Bad does an amazing job being a nervous, uptight, overprotective lunatic and the little brother (Martin Spanjers) from 8 Simple Rules is a great addition to the family dynamic. The cast is great and the nuances of the film are super sweet; the coffee mug scene and the parking at 'Dressed Up,' just to name a few.
The message of following your dreams is one that can not be argued with, but I think that it is so cliche that she wants to go to fashion school. I encourage girls to realize that dream isn't as glamorous as it may seem. It could be much more glamorous to save someone's life or invent something that changes our world for the better.
The message of following your dreams is one that can not be argued with, but I think that it is so cliche that she wants to go to fashion school. I encourage girls to realize that dream isn't as glamorous as it may seem. It is much more glamorous to save someone's life or invent something that changes our world for the better. Although creating pretty outfits is great, (I get high off doing it most days) but find a dream that is more authentic and challenging the arranging and rearranging styles.
This movie is super weird, really hilarious and it won the Caméra d'Or at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. I put it on my Ipad thinking that I would watch half and go to bed, I was so intrigued that I watched the whole thing; I couldn't stop watching this strange, amazing movie that was part Napolean Dynamite, part Lolita and part Jackie Brown (soundtrack).
This won't change the world, it probably won't do much - but you and Netflix will know that those movies are just as good as any male-directed Hollywood blockbuster. It will also affirm we want to see more women in leading roles, production and directing positions because they deserve to be there.
Stay tuned this week for a blog about my favorite TV shows on Netflix with female protagonists, way easier to find than movies directed by women! (Unfortunately.)
- Netflix Movies With Righteous Leading Ladies