THE GIRLS ON FILM PODCAST ANNOUNCES THE NOMINEES OF THE GIRLS ON FILM AWARDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LONDON – 23 JANUARY 2023
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The Woman King and The Wonder lead Girls On Film Awards nominations.
The Woman King and The Wonder lead the way in the nominations for the second annual Girls On Film Awards, which take place on 23 February 2023 at The Garden Cinema in Central London.
Reflecting the ethos of the Girls On Film podcast, the awards reward excellence in female-focused films. The categories differ slightly from the usual, to spotlight the women who are sometimes under-represented in awards season. Nominees are selected by leading film critics and the winners are selected by Girls On Film.
Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King has scored five nominations, including Best Feature sponsored by EON Productions, Best Female Friendship On Screen and Best Ensemble Acting sponsored by Netflix. The Wonder received four nominations, including Best Cinematographer for Ari Wegner, and The Girls On Film Ally Award sponsored by IMDb for director Sebastián Lelio.
In a surprise turn, The Wonder star Florence Pugh has been nominated twice in the same category: for Best Female Orgasm sponsored by Intimacy on Set for The Wonder and for Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling. This category spotlights responsible and authentic depictions of female pleasure, and the award will be presented by Intimacy Coordinator Ita O’Brien. Other nominees in this category include Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’s Emma Thompson, who is also nominated for the Feminist Superhero award for her body of work and her activism. Girls On Film are pleased that their nominations this year include excellent films that some other awards bodies or groups have overlooked, notably Causeway, Girl Picture and Women Talking.
Hosted by Anna Smith and Hedda Archbold at The Garden Cinema in Central London in the run up to International Women’s Day, the ceremony will be attended by nominees, patrons, and last year’s award winners including head of the BFI Film Fund Mia Bays, director of For Sama Waad Al-Kateab, director of Misbehaviour Philippa Lowthorpe, composer Nainita Desai, and Rocks actress Afi Okaidja.
This year the awards have expanded in several ways. Girls On Film are delighted to welcome five sponsors, four media partners, and three patrons, and two new categories are added to celebrate the work of women behind the camera:
- Best Production Design
- Best Cinematographer
Four of our categories are sponsored this year. They are generously supported by EON Productions, IMDb, Intimacy on Set and Netflix:
- Best Feature sponsored by EON Productions
- The Girls On Film Ally Award sponsored by IMDb
- Best Female Orgasm sponsored by Intimacy on Set
- Best Ensemble Acting sponsored by Netflix
The Girls On Film Awards are also supported by our in-kind sponsors:
- The Garden Cinema
- Head Gear Films
We have the solid support of new media partners this year, two of whom are supporting a particular category:
- British Cinematographer magazine is media partner for the Best Cinematographer category
- Deadline is media partner for the overall Girls On Film Awards 2023
- Scala Radio is media partner for the Best Composer category
- Time Out is media partner for the overall Girls On Film Awards 2023
We are thrilled to welcome three patrons of the Girls On Film Awards:
- Amma Asante, film director
- Kirsten Niehuus, CEO, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Kirsten said: “I am very proud to be a patron of the Girls On Film Awards. The awards honour women in the film industry who have made a change, and work hard every day to keep pushing the boundaries for women, as it is unfortunately still not a no-brainer that all genders should be treated equal.”
- Tricia Tuttle, former director of the London Film Festival and head of fiction at NFTS. Tricia said: “Girls On Film is doing such important work, celebrating and spotlighting the contributions of women within contemporary cinema, and doing so with such knowledge, passion and warmth through the podcast. And now the Awards give us an opportunity to reflect on female creatives’ stunning achievements from the previous 12 months, across the crafts, in front of and behind the camera.”
The nominees are:
Best Feature Film sponsored by EON Productions
(previous year’s winner: Booksmart)
Aftersun – directed by Charlotte Wells
Ali & Ava – directed by Clio Barnard
Corsage – directed by Marie Kreutzer
Till – directed by Chinonye Chukwu
The Woman King – directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
The Wonder – directed by Sebastián Lelio
Best Documentary Feature
(previous year’s winner: For Sama)
All The Beauty And The Bloodshed – directed by Laura Poitras
Fadia’s Tree – directed by Sarah Beddington
Fire of Love – directed by Sara Dosa
Last Flight Home – directed by Ondi Timoner
Nothing Compares – directed by Kathryn Ferguson
Best Female Friendship On Screen
(previous year’s winner: Booksmart)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – directed by Ryan Coogler.
With Letitia Wright and Lupita Nyong’o as Shuri and Nakia
Girl Picture aka Girls Girls Girls (Tytöt tytöt tytöt) – directed by Alli Haapasalo.
With Aamu Milonoff, Eleonoora Kauhanen and Linnea Leino as Mimmi, Rönkkö and Emma
She Said – directed by Maria Schrader.
With Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor
The Silent Twins – directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska.
With Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance as June and Jennifer Gibbons
The Swimmers – directed by Sally El Hosaini.
With Nathalie Issa as Yusra Mardini and Manal Issa as Sara Mardini
The Woman King – directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.
With Viola Davis and Sheila Atim as Nanisca and Amenza
Best Ensemble Acting Sponsored by Netflix
(previous year’s winner: Rocks)
Causeway – Jennifer Lawrence, Brian Tyree Henry, Linda Emond, Jayne Houdyshell
Gangubai Kathiawadi – Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz
She Said – Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan, Samantha Morton, Jennifer Ehle, Patricia Clarkson
Triangle of Sadness – Charlbi Dean Kriek, Harris Dickinson, Woody Harrelson, Dolly De Leon
The Woman King – Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, John Boyega
Women Talking – Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Rooney Mara, Ben Whishaw, Frances McDormand
The Girls On Film Ally Award sponsored by IMDb – awarded to a male screenwriter/director for a complex female screen character or a man who has given exceptional support to women in the industry.
(previous year’s winner: Bo Burnham)
Colm Bairéad for The Quiet Girl
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for Everything Everywhere All At Once
Sebastián Lelio for The Wonder
Jordan Peele for Nope
(previous year’s winner: Nainita Desai)
Chanda Dancy – Devotion and I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Women Talking and Tár
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch – Living
Aska Matsumiya – After Yang
Amelia Warner – Mr Malcolm’s List
Autumn Durald Arkapaw ASC – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hélène Louvart AFC – Nezouh and Mother and Son
Kate McCullough ISC – The Quiet Girl
Polly Morgan ASC BSC – The Woman King
Ari Wegner ASC – The Wonder and The Power of the Dog
Rina Yang BSC – Nanny
Mandy Walker AM ASC ACS – Elvis
Best Publicity Campaign
(previous year’s winner: Misbehaviour)
Aftersun – MUBI with Organic for Theatrical & Awards Publicity and DDA for Awards Publicity
Good Luck To You, Leo Grande – Lionsgate with WDW Entertainment
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – Netflix with Organic Publicity
Till – Universal Pictures with Organic Publicity
Triangle of Sadness – Curzon, Lionsgate and Charles McDonald
Best Production Design
Katie Byron – Don’t Worry Darling
Ruth de Jong- Nope
Catherine Martin & Karen Murphy – Elvis
Florencia Martin – Babylon and Blonde
Kave Quinn – Catherine Called Birdy
Diversity Badge of Honour – for achievement in the area of industry representation and inclusion
(previous year’s joint winners: Michaela Coel and Ruth Madeley)
Emma Butt – Sound Editor and activist
Akua Gyamfi – Founder, The British Blacklist
Ashanti Omkar – Journalist
Gina Prince-Bythewood, Director – The Woman King
Ben Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the British Film Institute (BFI)
Agnieszka Smoczyńska – Director – The Silent Twins
Feminist Superhero – for commitment to equality and representation through their activism and work
(previous year’s winner: Mia Bays)
Viola Davis, Actress and activist
Ita O’Brien, Founder of Intimacy on Set
Sarah Polley, Director, Women Talking
Emma Thompson, Actress and activist
Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, journalists and authors
Best Female Orgasm sponsored by Intimacy on Set – for thoughtful, meaningful and authentic depictions of female pleasure
(previous year’s winner: I’m Your Man)
Don’t Worry Darling – Florence Pugh (with Harry Styles)
Girl Picture aka Girls Girls Girls (Tytöt tytöt tytöt) – Linnea Leino with Aamu Milonoff
Good Luck To You, Leo Grande – Emma Thompson (with Daryl McCormack)
Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Emma Corrin (with Jack O’Connell)
Piggy aka Cerdita – Laura Galán with Laura Galán
The Wonder – Florence Pugh (with Tom Burke)
ABOUT THE GIRLS ON FILM AWARDS:
The Girls On Film Awards reward excellence in the field of feminism, inclusion and diversity, female representation and the female gaze. Girls On Film particularly want to celebrate the representation of diversity and of complex female characters on screen.
Girls On Film applaud and champion all female-led, female focused films but want to hand out their own awards to the films and individuals that they feel deserve particular plaudits. The eligibility period was for films released between 1 January 2022 – 1 March 2023. Nominees are selected by leading film critics and the winners are selected by Girls On Film.
Girls On Film would like to thank The Garden Cinema for their generous support of the Girls On Film Awards, and their principal partners Vanessa Smith and Peter Brewer for their continued support.
ABOUT GIRLS ON FILM:
A fun, feminist film show, Girls On Film was launched by co-founders Hedda Archbold and Anna Smith to answer an urgent need to amplify female voices in film. Hosted by Anna Smith – film critic, broadcaster and former President of The Critics’ Circle – and exec produced by Hedda Archbold, it brings female film critics together with actors, filmmakers and activists to give a fresh perspective on gender in the movies.
The podcast has produced over 140 episodes, been nominated Best Live Podcast at the British Podcast Awards, been featured in Deadline, Time Out and The Guardian, and on Radio 4, Sky News, and BBC Breakfast. It was picked out as one of the top four film podcasts in the world by iNews.
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ABOUT OUR SPONSORS:
Netflix is one of the world’s leading streaming entertainment services with 231 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can play, pause and resume watching, as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, and can change their plans at any time.
EON Productions is the British film production company best known for the James Bond film series, and female-focused films such as Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and Till.
Intimacy on Set provides services to TV, film, and live performance for the production and creation of scenes with intimacy, sexual content, and nudity. Founded in 2018 by the UK’s leading Intimacy Practitioner, Ita O’Brien. The company has continued to expand both nationally and internationally and now has fully accredited Intimacy Practitioners and a growing number of Intimacy Practitioners in training, under the Intimacy on Set umbrella, all over the world.
Everyone who joins Intimacy on Set, and who has undergone the Intimacy on Set accredited training programme, are world class practitioners who have demonstrated that they can navigate the both physical and emotional journey of the creation of intimate content. They can responsibly and safely deliver the intimate content as envisioned by the director, the storytelling, and each character. Intimacy on Set are leaders in the field, whose skills and rigorous training demonstrate best practice. Their goal is for their bespoke guidelines to be adopted by the industry worldwide advocating for safe, fair, and dignified work for everyone.
Intimacy on Set have worked on numerous high-profile productions across Theatre, TV and Film and has been widely covered in the national and international media as the leading spokesperson in this space, productions include:
Theatre: Live Performance: Manor (National) – the first time an IC was employed on a production there, The Crucible (National), Spring Awakening (Almeida), Theodora (Royal Opera Company) – the first time an IC was employed on a production there, The Rape of Lucretia (Britten Pears Arts/ Royal Opera Company), Like Water for Chocolate (Royal Ballet Company) and Ruination (Lost Dog/Royal Ballet Company).
TV: Normal People (BBC3/Hulu), I May Destroy You (BBC/HBO), It’s A Sin (Channel 4), Sex Education Seasons 1&2 (Netflix), Gangs of London (Sky Atlantic), The Great (Hulu), Brave New World (Peacock/Sky One), Conversations With Friends (BBC3), Dangerous Liaisons, (Starz) and The Serpent Queen (Starz).
Film: The Dig (Netflix), The Last Duel (Walt Disney Studios), Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Netflix), Empire of Light (Neal Street Productions) and Magic Mike’s Last Dance (Warner Brothers).
Ita O’Brien, founder and Intimacy Practitioner, said: “Intimacy on Set is delighted to be sponsoring this award for Girls On Film and stands behind their intention to increase the visibility of female focused screen narratives, and to celebrate all voices both in front of and behind the camera. It is wonderful both to be supported by Hedda and all at Girls On Film, as well as to be supporting and sponsoring Girls On Film with the Best Female Orgasm award. It is an honour to celebrate these incredible women bringing their talent to telling these human stories, and in particular the stories of our lives as women.”
IMDb (www.imdb.com) is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows and celebrities. Products and services to help fans decide what to watch and where to watch it include: the IMDb website for desktop and mobile devices; apps for iOS and Android; and X-Ray on Prime Video. IMDb also produces IMDb original video series and podcasts. For entertainment industry professionals, IMDb provides IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo. IMDb licenses information from its vast and authoritative database to third-party businesses worldwide; learn more at developer.imdb.com. IMDb is an Amazon company. For more information, visit https://www.imdb.com/press and follow @IMDb.
Col Needham, Founder and CEO, IMDb said: “I am delighted to support the Girls On Film Awards in 2023. The Girls On Film podcast provides a brilliant platform for female filmmakers and female film critics. It’s fun, entertaining and well-informed, and the team’s commitment to representation, diversity and inclusion means they always bring a fresh and fascinating perspective to the films they discuss. IMDb celebrates diverse movies and TV shows, talent and filmmakers, and we are proud to support Girls On Film in their endeavour to champion great films made by, and about, women,”
ABOUT OUR IN-KIND SPONSORS:
The Garden Cinema, opened in March, screens repertory seasons and new releases from around the world. Being truly independent, we choose films that are worth seeing, films you’d be happy to see more than once. Films of all genres that are true to life, well made, that left us feeling better or wiser for having seen them. With two screens and a spacious bar area for discussions and events, we’re a destination for everyone interested in film.
Erifili Missiou, Film Programmer, The Garden Cinema, said: “The Garden Cinema is thrilled to host the Girls On Film Awards for the second year running! The podcast has been highlighting women directors for years and is an essential contributor towards a healthier industry ecosystem.”
ABOUT OUR RECEPTION SPONSORS:
Head Gear Films (headgearfilms.com) are one of the top leading financiers in the UK for independent film and TV. Since their inception in 2002, they have been led by their key principles – to be producer-friendly, quick, responsive, and bespoke. These principles have taken them from financing two films a year, to over forty a year.
Phil Hunt, founder of Head Gear Films, said: “I’m delighted to be supporting what have rapidly become very prestigious awards, which put a spotlight on the much-needed voices of women, something we wholly support at Head Gear Films, as do our sister companies, Bankside Films, and Bohemia, which amplifies marginalised voices. Anna and the Girls On Film team are making a real difference to so many.”
ABOUT OUR MEDIA PARTNERS:
Deadline Hollywood (Deadline.com) first began in March 2006 as Deadline Hollywood Daily. The site was purchased by PMC in 2009 and has since become an authoritative source for breaking news in the entertainment industry, regularly included on lists of top entertainment websites. Influential industry thought leaders and key decision-makers in the entertainment, financial and other business fields track Deadline.com for news breaks multiple times a day. Due to its avid audience, Deadline.com’s postings regularly receive more reader comments than all entertainment industry news sites combined.
British Cinematographer magazine is a Europe-leading magazine dedicated to the art and craft of international cinematography. The flagship title, enjoyed by a global readership spanning 56 countries, is endorsed and distributed to leading industry partners including the British Society of Cinematographers. Each issue is packed with news and insight into the world of cinematography, from behind-the-scenes features from top film and TV productions to masterclasses from industry experts, and much more. It’s an essential read for anyone with an interest in filmmaking.
Zoe Mutter, editor, British Cinematographer magazine said: “As the Girls On Film podcast continues to go from strength to strength, British Cinematographer is delighted to join forces with the fantastic team on their awards event. Celebrating talent and championing diversity across the filmmaking community is our passion and we’re honoured to partner on the newly introduced Girls On Film cinematography category to continue shining a light on the incredible work this industry produces,”
Scala Radio is an entertainment radio station that breaks the mould of classical music in the UK. Presenters include Penny Smith, Angellica Bell, Mark Kermode, Mark Forrest and Simon Mayo. Alongside familiar masters such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bach, you can expect to hear contemporary works including film, TV and video game scores, showtunes from musicals and instrumental re-workings of pop and rock songs by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Led Zeppelin and Dua Lipa. You can listen to Scala Radio on Digital Radio across the UK, on smart speaker, on the Scala Radio app and at Scalaradio.co.uk
Jenny Nelson, Programme Manager, Scala Radio said: “Scala Radio is delighted to team up with the Girls On Film Awards 2023 to celebrate creative women in cinema. The Best Composer award is particularly close to our hearts as we’re committed to championing women composers across the station. The talented nominees have set a high bar in the world of film scoring and I don’t envy the judges picking the winner!”
Time Out Media’s multiple digital and physical channels span websites, mobile, social media, videos and Live Events. Across these channels, Time Out distributes its high-quality content – written and curated by a global team of local expert journalists – around the best food, drinks, culture, art, music, theatre, travel and entertainment in 333 cities and 59 countries. Since its launch in 1968, Time Out has become a global brand that advertisers and consumers love and trust.
Phil de Semlyen, Global Film Editor, Time Out said: “Girls On Film isn’t just a vital campaigning voice for female-led filmmaking, it’s a brilliant listen – a movie podcast with its fingers on the pulse, holding Hollywood to account on a weekly basis.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
Girls On Film is an HLA production.
Executive producer: Hedda Archbold, https://hlaagency.co.uk/
Host: Anna Smith http://annasmithjourno.com/
Principal Partners: Vanessa Smith and Peter Brewer
About HLA Agency:
HLA Agency produces audio podcasts, videos, films and live events, and provides bespoke, sole agency to its clients. For more information visit https://hlaagency.co.uk/
Executive Producer at HLA Agency Hedda@HLAagency.co.uk, (+44) 07801 074181