In Darkness

In Darkness

The impact that female filmmakers are having with their movies is growing year on year and another director who is grabbing the spotlight at the moment is Agnieszka Holland.

Her latest movie project In Darkness is being praised left, right and centre and it is released in the UK this week.

So to celebrate the release of the movie we take a look at the female filmmakers and the films that made an impact.

Agnieszka Holland - In Darkness

Agnieszka Holland has brought the true story of Nazi occupied Poland to the big screen and it is one of the most powerful and moving movie that we have seen so far this year.

The movie follows a group of Jews who try to escape using the town's sewers and it turns into a story of survival.

The movie was nominated for BEst Foreign Film at the Oscars, but lost out to A Separation.

Lone Scherfig - An Education

And Education was the movie that propelled Carey Mulligan to fame as she led the cast in this coming of age drama.

Scherfig used her socially probing style of filmmaking to tackle this complex and morally ambiguous story of a character that is between the innocence of childhood and becoming a woman.

There is something very period drama like about this movie and Scherfig makes that work so beautifully.

But we never lose out connection with central character Jenny, no matter what her decisions are as she could be anyone in the audience.

The movie was met to critical acclaim upon release and it was nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay & Best Actress at the Oscars.

Sofia Coppola - Lost In Translation

It's been almost a decade since Sofia Coppola really showed what an exciting filmmaker she was with Lost In Translation.

The movie was only her second feature film she explored some very complex issues including loneliness, alienation and culture shock.

This movie is a very moody piece of cinema and yet Coppola found the perfect balance between humour and poignancy, without going overboard on either.

The movie was a critical smash when it was released and it was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture.

She become only the third woman to be nominated for Best Director and while she missed out she did pick up Best Original Screenplay.

Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker was the most talked about movies of 2009.

What was so great about this film was it wasn't about the war on terror, bad verses evil, American being the heroes - instead it was about the bomb disposal boys and the dangers they faced every day.

It was more of a character piece than a war movie as the movie depicted the turmoil that each soldier faced when tacking the situation of an unexploded bomb.

The Hurt Locker was the best movie of 2009 and Bigelow took on the might of Avatar at the Oscars and was triumphant.

She became the first woman to win Best Director and the movie also walked away with Best Picture.

Sam Taylor Wood - Nowhere Boy

Sam Taylor Wood made her directorial feature film debut back in 2009 when she brought the story of JOhn Lennon's early years to the big screen.

The director delivered a very elegant and emotional movie, not to mention the cast of Aaron Johnson was spot on.

But this movie doesn't just focus on the music legend to be but the two women in his life; his aunt Mimi and mother Julia, and how they impacted and influenced the young John.

The movie was met well on the festival circuit and went on to be nominated for a handful of Baftas.

The Darkness is released 16th March

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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