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weatherall Fri 22-Aug-14 10:17:31

I was just thinking how few of these there are.
(Films where the title is a woman's name)

I know I don't need to tell the fwr board how sexist Hollywood is but this marker is a really obvious sign of this.

There are so many good stories that could be told about fictional or real women's lives. Filmmakers are really missing a beat imo.

Off the top of my head I can only think of

Erin Brockovitch
Charlotte Grey ?
Shirley Valentine

Kimaroo Fri 22-Aug-14 10:20:11

Annie Hall

MangoBiscuit Fri 22-Aug-14 10:22:29

Calamity Jane? blush I can't think of any!

CitronVert Fri 22-Aug-14 10:24:30

Thelma and Louise

poupeedeson Fri 22-Aug-14 10:28:41

Lucy (the new Scarlett Johannsen film)

Mary Poppins grin The greatest feminist of them all.

GreenMouse Fri 22-Aug-14 10:29:14

Sleeping Beauty
Snow White

Kimaroo Fri 22-Aug-14 10:29:33

...and Nanny McPhee

museumum Fri 22-Aug-14 10:29:35


I think it's a remake of Ronin perhaps? Anyway, I thought it was really good.

Maddaddam Fri 22-Aug-14 10:30:24

Morven Caller (which I haven't seen but always sounds interesting).
Jane Eyre (various versions).
Vera Drake (? not sure about the surname - the one about the 50s abortionist)
Thelma and Louise.
Mrs Brown (the one about Queen Victoria).

I know what you mean about the film industry, it's not just Hollywood though. I had to write an essay recently about Spanish films (for a language course) and thought I'd write about gender and feminism and I just couldn't think of any Spanish film directors who were women, or Spanish films which took a feminist perspective at all (I don't know loads about Spanish films but I've seen quite a few over the years and it shocked me that I couldn't come up with anything feminist or by a woman at all. It's much harder than it is in literature to find good female leads or authors or directors).

elQuintoConyo Fri 22-Aug-14 10:30:47

Angie (was that a film? Gina Davis?)

Nikita/La Femme Nikita

PetulaGordino Fri 22-Aug-14 10:31:24

yes i enjoyed hanna

does sleeping beauty count? sorry this is horribly pedantic but i thought she had a real name?

Kimaroo Fri 22-Aug-14 10:33:04

Aurora or Auralia wasn't it? Something like that anyway.

Creatureofthenight Fri 22-Aug-14 10:33:31

Sleeping Beauty's name is Aurora!

Kimaroo Fri 22-Aug-14 10:33:59


museumum Fri 22-Aug-14 10:35:59

Morven Caller was a great book. Haven't seen the film but do fancy it.

weatherall Fri 22-Aug-14 10:37:44

So who wants to analyse why so many of these are Disney films? grin

TortoiseUpATreeAgain Fri 22-Aug-14 10:37:55

Jackie Brown

TortoiseUpATreeAgain Fri 22-Aug-14 10:38:45

Gah. Philomena, not Phenomena. Damnyouautocorrect.

TortoiseUpATreeAgain Fri 22-Aug-14 10:40:54

Private Benjamin
Moll Flanders

StevesBollockAnalogy Fri 22-Aug-14 10:43:39

Anna Karenina?

Kimaroo Fri 22-Aug-14 10:43:47


MeeWhoo Fri 22-Aug-14 10:44:21

Maddaddam, if you are still interested have a look at Isabel Coixet, Pilar Miro or Gracia Querejeta for female Spanish film directors.

C4ro Fri 22-Aug-14 10:45:34

Quite a few Studio Ghibli are named only after women characters:
Kikis flying delivery service
Princess Mononoke
Disney don't have total fail on this either:
Mulan, Pocohontas, "Brave" is titled Merida here in Austria
Although they lose points for Tangled where they sideline Rapunzel

MeeWhoo Fri 22-Aug-14 10:45:44

Oh, and Iciar Bollain, of course!

TortoiseUpATreeAgain Fri 22-Aug-14 10:46:21

Lady Jane
G.I. Jane
Calamity Jane

(on a bit of a roll there...)

Mary Reilly

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