Get Your Feminist Flick Fix
I don’t know if it’s because we’ve just had International Women’s Day, if the world is finally coming round to some sense or if it’s just the best coincidence ever, but lately there have been a deluge of interesting TV programs and films centering around female characters and stories. Below is a selection of what you can enjoy (though most of the TV is probably only available in the UK), including comedy, drama and documentaries:
Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special- The fabulous Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) presents this powerful and considered exploration into the practices and cultures surrounding FGM as part of Comic Relief. This could potentially be triggering for some women but is an important watch if possible.
Raised By Wolves- This new Channel 4 sitcom from the outspoken Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline tells the story of their eccentric upbringing on a Wolverhampton estate. It’s already being called ‘heart-warming’ and 'refreshing’, and appears to bother taking a more complex look at working class life.
Fair Cop: A Century of British Policewomen- Pretty much what it says on the tin. This documentary recounts sadly familiar stories of outrageous misogyny and discrimination in the world of British policing for women, though its main focus is on how they managed to overcome it and form one of the most gender-balanced police forces in the world.
Still Alice- Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her performance in this film and when you watch it it’s easy to see why. The descent of the titular character into early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is heart-breaking and difficult, but a brilliant piece of filmmaking.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt- this is the new sitcom from the glorious brain of Tina Fey, about the life of a woman after she is freed from an underground cult. It goes in pretty much exactly the direction that you want it too, and whilst not every joke hits the mark taste-wise, it is sharp, engaging and, most importantly, funny.
Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power- This three-part survey of the history of the struggle for female emancipation in the UK manages to both convey the overarching story of suffrage as well as tell the more localised stories. Suffragettes may be something that many British feminists are familiar with, but this will manage to refresh and possibly even surprise you.
Appropriate Behaviour- what, an indie romcom with a female central character? Who is queer…..and a woman of colour?! Here we get something rare: a film that is representative, both in front of and behind the camera. Desiree Akhavan writes, directs and stars as a young Iranian American woman trying to get over a messy break-up from her girlfriend, in what promises to be a witty change from the tired boy-meets-girl tropes that we’re all bored
Enjoy, and let us know if there’s anything else awesome that you come across!