Women Directors are a rare commodity in Hollywood. There are three on our wall right now that have forged a name for themselves in this predominantly male field. Mira Nair, Kathyrn Bigalow, Anne Fontaine, and Adrienne Shelly.
Mira Nair has directed 20 movies (or segments in movies like New York, I love You, on the wall now.) Her style is visually as lush and provocative as the India she hails from. We have Monsoon Wedding on Blu-ray, simply because it is one of the most beautiful movies ever made. And Amelia, on the new release wall now, is a stirring biopic of the famed aviatrix and the world she flew over at 3,000 feet.
Kathryn Bigelow is a rarity in Hollywood, a woman who makes action films. Some are really amazing like Hurt Locker, on the wall now, others are Craptacular (Point Break!) Her dynamic and muscular film making reminds us that men are not the only ones that can blow sh*t up. (Weight of Water, Near Dark, Strange Days)
Anne Fontaine who debuts on our Reckless new release wall with Coco Before Chanel, (on the wall now) has won numerous award for directing and screen play. he told a UK newspaper, "I try to work on my characters' blind side, in a kind of Freudian way: to ask, 'What are the things about themselves that they're unaware of?' I'm fascinated by the irony of fate, when something goes into a skid. All my stories have an element of cruelty in them."
Adrienne Shelly (who directed 6 movies in her short life) is the writer of Serious Moonlight, which is on the wall this week. As I watched this strange and talky tale of a marriage on the rocks and the duct tape that would save it, I was reminded of her start in the business as the muse to Hal Hartley. Serious Moonlight would have been a wonderful directing vehicle for this highly intellectual, verbal acrobat of a writer.
I hope you explore these wonderful and diverse directors.