The purpose of this weekly news roundup is to highlight and celebrate films/TV from and about women. The news collected in this weeks round-up was announced between May 26 to June 1. As there is an abundance of news, some stories may slip through the cracks. In the event of this happening, please reply below with any news or release information about women that should be shared.

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Women Behind the Camera

Sujata Day (Insecure) will produce and direct her directorial debut Definition Please, based on a script she wrote. The story follows a Scripps Spelling Bee champion that must reconcile with her estranged brother after he returns to their hometown of Greensburg, Pennsylvania to care for their sick mother. Production is to take place this summer. (Source: Deadline)

BTF Media has launched a new development and production arm led by women, and only women. The BTF Pink Unit will work on gender parity and support women in the audiovisual sector. (Source: Variety)

Playtime and Kino Intl. have boarded Naomi Kawase’s next feature Comes Morning (Asa ga Kuru). The film follows a young couple’s journey to parenthood as they decide to adopt after failed fertility treatments. Production has already commenced in Tokyo. (Source: Variety)

Screen Ireland, formerly the Irish Film board will fund new projects from Carmel Winters (Float Like A Butterfly), Kelly Warburton, and Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia, Iron Lady). Winters to direct Heron Island, a love story about a woman rediscovering her lust for life after a brush with death. Warburton is set for her debut feature The Cancer Bus, which is a road trip movie about a woman named Brona, her young son Michael, and three cranky terminally ill pensioners. And, Lloyd will star in and direct a new feature about a single mother determined to rebuild her life. (Source: Screendaily)


Casting News

Gina Rodriguez to star in Mark Raso’s Netflix film Awake. After a global event wipes out all electronics and effects humans ability to sleep, an ex-soldier learns that her own daughter may be the key to saving the world. (Source: Deadline)


TV News

Kay Cannon (Blockers) is developing an action-comedy La Fresa for Amazon. The series will follow a privileged girl who discovers her comfortable living is by nefarious means. (Source: Deadline)

Heather Headley (She’s Gotta Have It), Monica Potter (Parenthood), and Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva) set as the leads to Netflix’s adaptation to Sherryl Woods’ novel series Sweet Magnolias. The 10-part series will follow three lifelong friends and their lives in their charming small town of Serenity, South Carolina. (Source: Deadline)

Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) has been cast as the female lead opposite Alden Ehrenreich (Solo) and Harry Lloyd (Counterpart) in UPC and Amblin Television Brave New World. (Source: Deadline)

Lilly Wachowski (Sense8) returns to TV with a new comedy show Work in Progress. Showtime ordered it to series, which will be co-written and executive produced by Wachowski. (Source: Variety)

Carla Gugino (The Haunting of Hill House) will play the female lead in season 2 of Manhunt, from Lionsgate TV. The second season of the anthology series will be titled Manhunt: Lone Wolf, which will follow the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Bomber. (Source: Deadline)


New Releases

In theatres:

  • Late Night directed by Nisha Ganatra; written by Mindy Kaling (limited release June 7)
  • Booksmart directed by Olivia Wilde; written by Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman, and Emily Halpern
  • The Proposal directed by Jill Magid (limited release)
  • A Dog’s Journey directed by Gail Mancuso; written by Cathryn Michon, Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky, and W. Bruce Cameron.
  • Long Shot directed by Jonathan Levine; written by Liz Hannah and Dan Sterling
  • The Sun is Also a Star directed by Ry Russo-Young; written by Tracey Oliver based on the novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon
  • Poms written and directed by Zara Hayes

On streaming now:

  • When They See Us (series) directed Ava DuVernay
  • Always Be My Maybe directed by Nahnatchka Khan; written by Ali Wong, Randall Park, and Michael Golamco
  • Joy written and directed by Sudabeh Mortezai
  • The Perfection directed by Richard Shepard; written by Nicole Snyder, Richard Shepard, and Eric C. Charmelo; starring Logan Browning and Allison Williams
  • After Maria directed by Nadia Hallgren
  • Wine Country directed by Amy Poehler; written by Amy Poehler, Emily Spivey, and Liz Cackowski
  • Knock Down the House directed by Rachel Lears
  • Dead to Me (series) created by Liz Feldman
  • Tuca & Bertie (series) created by Lisa Hanawalt
  • Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (stand-up) directed by Linda Mendoza
  • Good Sam directed by Kate Melville; written by Teena Booth and Dete Meserve



Nisha Ganatra’s Late Night has moved release dates, and will now open wide theatrically on June 14. (Source: Deadline)

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog (Source: Deadline)


New Trailer Alert

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for their adaptation of Vertigo comics The Kitchen, starring Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, and Elisabeth Moss.


by Ferdosa Abdi

Ferdosa Abdi is a lifelong film student and aspiring film festival programmer. Her favourite genres are science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her favourite director is Guillermo del Toro. She is madly in love with Eva Green and believes she should be cast in everything. You can follow Ferdosa on Twitter @atomicwick

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