Beyond ‘Charade’: Grease 2 as feminist masterpiece
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

Beyond ‘Charade’: Grease 2 as feminist masterpiece

Many sweeping and consequential happenings gave rise to the year that was nineteen hundred and eighty-two: European anti-caning laws, the Lebanese Civil War, America’s embargo on Libyan oil imports, the birth of the Toyota Camry, computers, China, Drew Barrymore, Lethal Injection, EPCOT Center. And Grease 2. Yes, I said Grease 2. Grease 2, the widely … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen Mulvey and Scopophilia in Arnold’s “Fish Tank”
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen Mulvey and Scopophilia in Arnold’s “Fish Tank”

Teetering on the brink of young girlhood and adulthood, Mia in Andrea Arnold’s film, “Fish Tank,” displays the melancholy, angst, and sexual desire that looms over her in the shabby and broken down social and economic makeup of small town Britain. Growing up with a careless mother, smoking and drinking at a young age, and … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen SLEEPING BEAUTY (2011): spectatorship, voyeurism and subverting the male gaze
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen SLEEPING BEAUTY (2011): spectatorship, voyeurism and subverting the male gaze

In considering the heterosexual desire seen in film, Laura Mulvey noted that ‘In a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female.’ (Mulvey, 1975: 837). This concept of activity and passivity in relation to gender is particularly apt when considering Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty (2011). Leigh’s film chooses … Continue reading

“Don’t forget about The Joker’s girlfriend”: An open letter to Harley Quinn’s critics
Feminist Criticism

“Don’t forget about The Joker’s girlfriend”: An open letter to Harley Quinn’s critics

Artwork by Chloe Leeson We get it. Suicide Squad is not a good film. You can read about it here and here. However, we are not concerned with the variety of critics’ disses to the film, but rather, with critics’ and viewers’ disservice to roller derby bad bitch and heavy-hitter, Harley Quinn. It’s archetypal gatekeeping … Continue reading

On Absolutely Fabulous The Movie and creating spaces for women’s cinema
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

On Absolutely Fabulous The Movie and creating spaces for women’s cinema

Artwork by Chloe Leeson It was recently announced that The Absolutely Fabulous Movie had the biggest opening of a British film since Spectre, raking in 4.4m in its opening weekend UK box office. Directed by Mandie Fletcher and written by Jennifer Saunders, who also penned the original series and makes up 1/2 of the star … Continue reading