If you’re like us, you’re getting pretty tired of reading (and, in our case, writing!) all of the depressing statistics about female directors. The most recent study we covered found that women accounted for 26 percent of directors, writers and producers of
feature-length American independent films that screened at festivals in
the last year — the same as the previous study in 2011-12. But women
comprised just 16 percent of the key behind-the-scenes roles in 2013’s
top-grossing domestic films.
According to the
study’s findings, women made up 28 percent of documentary directors and 18 percent of directors working on independent narrative features, compared to a mere
6 percent of last year’s top-grossing films.
More recently, at the Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Jury president Jane Campion, the only female director to have ever won the Cannes Film
Festival’s most prestigious prize, the Palme d’Or (for 1993’s “The
Piano”), called out the “inherent sexism in the industry.”
We’ve already highlighted the many reasons we need more female directors — this guest post from Colin Brown, editor-in-chief of the film financing site Slated.com, even points out that women-led film projects tend to do better at the box office.
We’ll continue to post about the good news — when indie film directors get funding for their projects, their films get distribution or they win awards (did you hear that Alice Rohrwacher, one of only two female
directors in the main festival competition, won the Grand Prix at Cannes for her film “The Wonders?”).
But in the meantime, in honor of Jane Campion’s Cannes statement, we are highlighting the fact “The Piano,” along with many more great female-directed films, is available to stream now on Netflix.
Of course, there are many more female-directed films available on Netflix, but these are 10 of our favorites (listed in chronological order from most recent release):
Una Noche (Lucy Mulloy, 2012)
The Queen of Versailles (Lauren Greenfield, 2012)
The Kids are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010)
Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham, 2010)
Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
Boys Don’t Cry (Kimberly Peirce, 1999)
Walking and Talking (Nicole Holofcener, 1996)
Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)
The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)