Live in the last of our series of six episodes from HOME Manchester, Anna reviews a vintage year of stellar guests and compelling conversation for Girls On Film, and looks ahead at what 2020 has in store. With Sight & Sound’s 50 films of the year topped by Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, and initiatives from the F-Rating to Bumble’s Female Film Force going from strength to strength, we’re here to help drive the vanguard of female filmmaking into the new year.
We sit down with BIFA-winning and BAFTA-nominated director Harry Wootliff to discuss her strikingly intimate debut feature Only You. Joined too by Doctor Who screenwriter and playwright Joy Wilkinson, the panel discusses the challenges writer-directors still face in bringing complex women to the screen.
Clarisse Loughrey, chief film critic at The Independent, also joins Anna to review new releases Charlie’s Angels, Judy & Punch, and Marriage Story as we approach awards season.
In a festive film twist, our three guests bring their picks of classic Christmas cinema to the table for scrutiny through a gendered lens ̶ from high-risers The Apartment and Die Hard, to the spiky Edward Scissorhands, via the yellow brick road of The Wizard Of Oz.