I pledged to watch at least 52 films directed by women in 2016 (sign up here). So far, it’s been a great exercise in thinking about what films have been made by women, where they were made, when they were made, and why they may not have been seen much before. Rather than attempting to pack in a sort of ‘canon’ of women’s film-making, I am following my gut and watching what I feel like (and, more prosaically, what’s available). I am also only watching films that I haven’t seen before – hence the omission of such wonderful female-helmed films as Cleo from 5 to 7, Daisies, Girlfriends, Le Bonheur, Clueless, Meshes of the Afternoon, Orlando, and many more. Here’s what I’ve watched so far:

B.D. Women (Inge Blackman, 1994)

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Together (Lorenza Mazzetti, 1956)

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Suffragette (Sarah Gavron, 2015)

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Bridget Jones’s Baby (Sharon Maguire, 2016)

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The Mirror has Two Faces (Barbra Streisand, 1996)

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Ung Flukt (Edith Carlmar, 1959)

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Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons, 1997)

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Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan, 1931)

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Adult Life Skills (Rachel Tunnard, 2016)

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Archipelago (Joanna Hogg, 2010)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

Salut les Cubains (Agnès Varda, 1963)

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Available in Varda short film collection and on Fandor (US).

The Road to Ruin (Dorothy Davenport, 1934)

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Public domain.

Death is a Caress (Edith Carlmar, 1949)

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DVD unavailable so it’s up to you and your internet search skills.

The Stranger Left No Card (Wendy Toye, 1952)

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DVD unavailable so it’s up to you and your internet search skills.

Big (Penny Marshall, 1988)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

20 30 40 (Sylvia Chang, 2004)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

Simon and Laura (Muriel Box, 1955)

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Available on DVD (Network).

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger, 1926)

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Available on DVD (BFI and region free) and Fandor.

My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong, 1979)

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Available on DVD, Region 1 Blu-Ray, and Fandor.

Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener, 2013)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

Waitress (Adrienne Shelly, 2007)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

Love & Basketball (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2014)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, Google Play, Netflix and BFI Player.

Unrelated (Joanna Hogg, 2008)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, Google Play,  and BFI Player.

The Gold Diggers (Sally Potter, 1983)

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Available on DVD and BFI Player.

Please Give (Nicole Holofcener, 2010)

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Available on DVD, Google Play, Amazon Video, and Netflix.

Lovely and Amazing (Nicole Holofcener, 2001)

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Available on DVD and Netflix.

The Happy Family (Muriel Box, 1952)

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Available on DVD and BFI Player.

Hansel and Gretel (Lotte Reiniger, 1955)

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Available on DVD and BFI Player.

Europa Europa (Agnieszka Holland, 1990)

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Available on DVD.

Christopher Strong (Dorothy Arzner, 1933)

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Available on DVD.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, 2011)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, Netflix, Google Play, and BFI Player. 

Merrily We Go To Hell (Dorothy Arzner, 1932)

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Available on DVD (Region 1).

The Intern (Nancy Meyers, 2015)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video and Google Play.

Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, 2011)

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Available on DVD, Google Play, Netflix and BFI Player. 

Belle (Amma Asante, 2013)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

Cinderella (Lotte Reiniger, 1922)

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Available on DVD.

Washington Square (Agnieszka Holland, 1997)

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Available on DVD and Google Play.

Snow White and Rose Red (Lotte Reiniger, 1953)

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Available on DVD and BFI Player.

The Sleeping Beauty (Lotte Reiniger, 1954)

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Available on DVD and BFI Player.

On the Twelfth Day… (Wendy Toye, 1955)

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Available on BFI Player.

2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy, 2012)

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Available on DVD and Google Play.

It’s Complicated (Nancy Meyers, 2009)

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Available on DVD, Google Play, and Amazon Video. 

Amour fou (Jessica Hausner, 2014)

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Available on DVD, Google Play, Amazon Video and BFI Player.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller, 2015)

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Available on DVD, Google Play, Amazon Video and BFI Player.

Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh, 2011)

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Available on DVD and Google Play.

Hard, Fast and Beautiful (Ida Lupino, 1951)

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Available on DVD (Region 1) and Amazon Video (US).

The Bigamist (Ida Lupino, 1953)

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Available on DVD, Amazon Video, and Fandor.

The Truth About Women (Muriel Box, 1957)

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Available on DVD (Network).

The Voices (Marjane Satrapi, 2014)

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Available on DVD, Netflix, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, 1953)

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Public domain.

A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)

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Available on DVD, Google Play, and Netflix.