Feminist film recommendations, Twitter style

// 31 March 2013

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It started as a tweet. @SparkleWildfire asked for recommendations of feminist films, and I saw the tweet and retweeted it from The F-Word’s Twitter account. Suggestions aplenty were put forward, and I collated some of the responses in a Storify document. Part of it is below, and you can click through to see more.

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Feminist Film Recommendations

When I saw @SparkleWildfire asking for recommendations of feminist films, I retweeted the request from @thefworduk account and asked our followers what they thought. Here is a selection of the discussion that followed.

Storified by Philippa Willitts· Sun, Mar 31 2013 10:09:08

So @sparklewildfire asked for feminist film suggestions. I’m going to RT some of the replies – do suggest your own too!The F-Word
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire it’s problematic that they had to die, but Thelma And Louise was the first film to fire up my feminism.Thomasin
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Legally Blondematt blissett
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Itty Bitty Titty Committee! Who Took the Bomp? (LeTigre Doc) Norma Rae !! Mutantes !! Free To Be You and Me!!ConstantFeminist
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire ‘4 Weeks, 3 Months, 2 Days’ for brutal truth on young women in Eastern Europe.D O
@thefworduk @wordgeeksarah I’m sort of thinking Lady Vengeance as well, but still defined by her looks.H Jo
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire ‘The Life Of Oharu’ – Mizoguchi’s slow-burning masterpiece.D O
So @sparklewildfire asked for feminist film suggestions. I’m going to RT some of the replies – do suggest your own too!The F-Word
So @sparklewildfire asked for feminist film suggestions. I’m going to RT some of the replies – do suggest your own too!The F-Word
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire THELMA & LOUISESophie Hatter
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire THELMA & LOUISESophie Hatter
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Hard Candy. Kicks ass good and proper.Julie Adams
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Agnes Varda’s ‘Cleo from 5 to 7’ is amazing, ‘Potiche’ not bad at all. ‘Three Colours Blue’ for definite.D O
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Agnes Varda’s ‘Cleo from 5 to 7’ is amazing, ‘Potiche’ not bad at all. ‘Three Colours Blue’ for definite.D O
Definitely. RT @MusingJules: @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Hard Candy. Kicks ass good and proper.The F-Word
I’m about to RT some more feminist film suggestions for @sparklewildfire. I’d add Vera Drake to the list.The F-Word
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Hard Candy for a solid revenge story.fastest cat alive
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Hard Candy for a solid revenge story.fastest cat alive
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Moolade is meant to be amazing (not seen it yet though). Iranian ‘A Separation’ is an instant classic.D O
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Moolade is meant to be amazing (not seen it yet though). Iranian ‘A Separation’ is an instant classic.D O
Also "Teeth". @sparklewildfireThe F-Word
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire I’ve had people argue with me on this, but Dirty Dancing. The girl get the guy for her politics, not her looks.Sophia
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire I’ve had people argue with me on this, but Dirty Dancing. The girl get the guy for her politics, not her looks.Sophia
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire I’ve had people argue with me on this, but Dirty Dancing. The girl get the guy for her politics, not her looks.Sophia
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire The New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking was a source of feminist inspiration for me. youtube.com/watch?v=uNIsjZ…Thomasin
@thefworduk @MusingJules @SparkleWildfire MEAN GIRLS ofc!D O
@ayiasophia @thefworduk @sparklewildfire Nobody puts Baby in the cornerAnne Tansley Thomas
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire 9 to 5!Hannah Rudman
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Aliens, she overcomes the antagonist by following her intuitionmatt blissett
“@oquays: @thefworduk @MusingJules @SparkleWildfire MEAN GIRLS ofc!” This. Also, Heathers.Thomasin
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire loads of Bergman’s films have super interesting female protagonistsD O
@wordgeeksarah @thefworduk @MusingJules @SparkleWildfire omg yes Heathers!D O
@ayiasophia @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Also, nobody puts her in the corner.Phil
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire The WomanZak
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire "Down with Love", definitely.Kirstin
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Fassbinder’s confined drama ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant’ is also a masterpiece & has A LOT to say.D O
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Fassbinder’s confined drama ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant’ is also a masterpiece & has A LOT to say.D O
@SparkleWildfire @thefworduk Hard to think of another film with the same plot. GUYS get the GIRLS for bravery & principles, but vice versa?Sophia
@ayiasophia @thefworduk @sparklewildfire love this!Alice
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire and how could I forget, BRIDESMAIDS!D O
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Also, Mamma Mia. Only film where the ‘happy ever after’ is a girl deciding NOT to get married yet.Sophia
There’s a documentary film about a girls’ rock music summer camp. Can’t remember what it’s called. @sparklewildfireThe F-Word
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Ozu’s ‘Late Spring’ (considered his best film I think) is incredible. Absolutely incredible.D O
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Ozu’s ‘Late Spring’ (considered his best film I think) is incredible. Absolutely incredible.D O
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire the itty bitty titty committeeLady $talingrad
@thefworduk Alien, for sure. Ellen Ripley is my role model when I’m ditching a rubbish bf. @SparkleWildfirechiller
@thefworduk Alien, for sure. Ellen Ripley is my role model when I’m ditching a rubbish bf. @SparkleWildfirechiller
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Alien? At least if not feminist it throws into the arena gender confusion & anxieties re feminism & female bodyKelly Watson
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire I was always fond of Juno, lots of really good moments, even if its not a perfect film!Niamh Keoghan
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire eh, steel magnolias? Volver? Pride & Prejudice (bbc version), jings it’s hard to think now…Keltik ಠ_ಠ
@thefworduk @musingjules @sparklewildfire yesKeltik ಠ_ಠ
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Mona Lisa smile, SecretaryGeorgie Williams
@stellawonkey @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire lots of womb/procreation metaphors too.matt blissett
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Itty Bitty Titty Committee! Who Took the Bomp? (LeTigre Doc) Norma Rae !! Mutantes !! Free To Be You and Me!!ConstantFeminist
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Female Trouble, every time.Charlie Sarson
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Female Trouble, every time.Charlie Sarson
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Made In Dagenham, if you get your heads around the London accentsGreg Jenner
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire …and, how could I forget, The Color Purple.Julie Adams
@mattblissett @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire oh loads. Along with phallic/ penetration disavowal etcKelly Watson
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire are you going to storify these for ease of use?! #demanding I haven’t watched half of these!Week Woman
@Keofunkel @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire The dialogue in Juno is great! Saw it in Brazil so was refreshing to hear fizzy English speechRose-Anna Bleasdale
@stellawonkey @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire its got very rich and consistent imagery to it.matt blissett
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire hooray! I wonder if heathers shld be on there? Haven’t watched it for ages so cld be it’s just v cool :pWeek Woman
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire ‘Bound’ – Unlike Thelma and Louise (which I also love) they don’t have to die in the end!Gendered Su

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@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Legally Blonde? Because she succeeds despite preconceptions and uses all her talents. And the friendships.Juliet Swann
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ real life story of Tina Turner’s courage and survival from domestic abuseJennifer de Santos
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire this is all going straight on my lovefilm list, thanks guys! :-) #feminismEmma Kosmin
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, though one needs to go in being aware of the stylistic intent.Paige Kimble
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire And I’m rather partial to Born in Flames.Paige Kimble
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire but I’m a cheerleaderJoe Wells
Also "Teeth". @sparklewildfireThe F-Word
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Itty Bitty Titty Committee :)emma beckett

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Comments From You

ariane // Posted 31 March 2013 at 6:47 pm

Interesting – so many films I haven’t seen. I don’t like it when people pop up on lists and comment that something or other should have been on it – but I m very surprised that no-one mentioned Fried Green Tomatoes!

Philippa Willitts // Posted 31 March 2013 at 6:48 pm

Yes, a few have been suggested since the post went up. Frida was one of them – I can’t believe I didn’t think of that one before!

martin // Posted 31 March 2013 at 6:54 pm

Marleen Gorris’ “Antonia’s Line”, Sally Potter’s “Orlando” and Coline Serreau’s “CHAOS” (in French) – all have a happy ending, too! :-)

Rachel // Posted 31 March 2013 at 7:09 pm

35 Shots of Rum is Clare Denis’ take on Ozu’s Late Spring which has been mentioned. Innocence, also directed by a woman, and about an all female school. Takashi Miike’s Audition. All About My Mother, is wonderfully feminist and queer, pretty much every character is a woman. Lore has a very strong young woman leading her family through war ravaged Germany. The Company of Wolves is based on Angela Carter’s writings and is about the blooming of straight female sexuality. Perfect Blue by Satashi Kon, triggering but feminist. Lorna’s Silence. Lilya 4-Ever about sex trafficking. The Cabin in the Woods is pretty good for stereotypes of women in horror films. Princess Mononoke.

Ania Ostrowska // Posted 1 April 2013 at 6:32 pm

“I shot Andy Warhol”, most definitely.

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