The DA-Zed Guide to Cult Female Filmmakers
Having spent my entire life obsessively consuming movies (including that one post-college year I lived in the back of my parentâ€™s house and watched 1,117 new-to-me films), I realised a few years back that although Iâ€™d seen quite a few films directed by women, I hadnâ€™t really sought them out. This thought came about around the same time I started to really get sick of all the men in movies (I swear Iâ€™m not misandrist. Well, most of the time.) So I decided to start writing about one film a week directed by women. This eventually evolved into the idea of spending an entire year watching nothing but films directed by women. Iâ€™m almost six months into “A Year With Women“, and it has been just as refreshing and educational as I could have hoped. But this isnâ€™t just about me and my love of films, I want this project to help others discover films by women as well. As Dazed announces its Female Firsts directorâ€™s initiative, we run through an ABCs of films by 26 different women, all of which are worth your time. Think of this as a jumping off point in your own journey with women directors, past and present.
A IS FORÂ APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (DESIREE AKHAVAN)
Writer-director-actress Desiree Akhavanâ€™s debut feature Appropriate Behavior is like Annie Hall, if Woody Allen were a bisexual Persian-American woman. In the film Akhavan plays Shirin, a twenty-something Brooklynite whoâ€™s going through a break up from hell. We see her relationship with ex, Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), in flashbacks, which run concurrently with her grieving process â€“ which includes a new lingerie, a Craigslist hook-up and a three-way. Add in millennial job search angst and very traditional parents who donâ€™t quite know their daughterâ€™s sexual orientation and what youâ€™ve got is a delightful take on the post-college life crisis film.