Reel Women: August UK Releases

Written by Elena Morgan

Welcome back to Reel Women, a monthly feature where we highlight the films being released in the UK that are written and/or directed by women. What’s the perfect way to spend this ridiculously hot British summer we’re having? Spending time in an airconditioned cinema watching some films made by women of course! This August there’s something for everyone with documentaries, rom-coms and a couple of YA adaptations, proving that that genre is still here.

3 August

Damascus Cover
Directed by: Daniel Zelik Berk
Written by: Daniel Zelik Berk and Samantha Newton

A spy (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) struggles on an undercover mission in Syria when he falls in love.This is Samantha Newton’s first feature length writing credit. Trances, the short film she wrote, was shown at Berlinale in 2008.

Like Father
Directed by: Lauren Miller Rogen
Written by: Lauren Miller Rogen

When workaholic Rachel (Kristen Bell) is left at the altar, she accidentally goes on her honeymoon with her overachieving father (Kelsey Grammer) who suddenly came back into her life.

Lauren Miller Rogen is an actress who has appeared in films like Superbad and 50/50. This is her feature length directing and writing debut.

10 August

Dog Days
Directed by: Ken Marino
Written by: Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama

A group of interconnected people are brought together by their lovable dogs.

Dog Days is Elissa Matsueda’s fourth feature film. Erica Oyama is an actress, producer and writer who’s previously written episodes of The Eric Andre Show, Fresh Off the Boat and Burning Love, which she received an Emmy nomination for in 2013.

The Darkest Minds
Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Written by: Chad Hodge

Based on the book of the same name by Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds is about a group of teens with powers who fight back against the adults who fear them and want to control them.

This Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s first live-action film after previously directed Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3.

17 August

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Directed by: Susan Johnson
Written by: Sofia Alvarez

When Lara Jean (Lan Condor) gets a crush, the way she deals with it is to write the boy a love letter, but she never sends them. Then one day all her letters get sent out and they wreak havoc on her love life.

Susan Johnson’s is a producer and director, her previous film Carrie Pilby is currently on Netflix and is well worth a watch. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is Sofia Alvarez’s first film credit and has previously written episodes and worked as an executive story editor on the TV show Man Seeking Woman.

Distant Constellation
Directed by: Shevaun Mizrahi

A documentary about the inhabitants of a Turkish retirement home, telling anecdotes about their lives.

Distant Constellation is Shevaun Mizrahi first feature-length documentary, which she also edited, after previously working as a part of the camera and electrical department on multiple short films.

The Guardians
Directed by: Xavier Beauvois
Written by: Xavier Beauvois, Marie-Julie Maille and Frédérique Moreau

When war breaks out in France in 1915, the women are left behind to work on a family farm so that their loved ones will have something to come back to.

As well as writing The Guardians Marie-Julie Maille also edited it. She’s edited over a dozen short and feature-length films.

22 August

Load Wedding
Directed by: Nabeel Qureshi
Written By: Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi

Load Wedding is a romantic social comedy starring Fahad Mustafa and Mehwish Hayat.

Fizza Ali Meerza also produced Load Wedding and it is her third produced screenplay.

The Spy Who Dumped Me
Directed by: Susanna Fogel
Written by: Susanna Fogel and David Iserson

Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) get caught up in an international conspiracy when they discover that Audrey’s ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) is actually a spy.

Susanna Fogel is a writer, director and producer. The Spy Who Dumped Me is her second film.

24 August

One Note At A Time
Directed by: Renne Edwards

Documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and how musicians use music to try and piece themselves together.

One Note at a Time is Renee Edwards’ first feature-length documentary. She’s edited over twenty different films and TV shows including episodes of Dispatches and Panorama.


That’s 10 very different films released in the UK this month, both in cinemas and on Netflix, that are made by women. If you get the chance to see any of them, we’d love to hear what you think of them.

Let Your Imagination Run Free In The Brand New Teaser Trailer For ‘Wonder Park’

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Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park
where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

Directed by: Dylan C. Brown

Cast: Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner, Brianna Denski, Ken Jeong, Kenan Thompson, John Oliver

Release Date: March 15th, 2019 (USA)

Kunis & McKinnon Go On The Run In First Trailer for ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ Released

“Audrey and Morgan are two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, who are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend, who was actually a spy, shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, going on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.”

Directed by: Susanna Fogel

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heughan, Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson

Release Date: August 10th, 2018

Mila Kunis And Co. Get Festive In The First Trailer for ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is the sequel to 2016’s ‘Bad Moms’, and Amy (Kunis), Carla (Hahn), and Kiki (Bell) have had enough of being too busy doing ‘mom stuff’ to enjoy Christmas, so this year they’re changing that! 

” ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.”

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore return to direct the sequel, which is scheduled to release in UK cinemas 3rd November.

STX Entertainment also have a ‘Bad Dads’ spin-off in the works, but no casting or details of the film are available as of yet. 

Written by Tom Sheffield

Watch This Space: June 22 – 28

Welcome to your weekly go-to-guide – WatchThisSpace – where we give you recommendations of films to watch in the cinema, on the television and those brilliant films hiding at the back of your DVD collection.

IN THE CINEMA

It was only a matter of time before the stars of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise got their own spin-off, with kids across the UK finally getting to see their beloved ‘Minions’ take centre stage this week. Any of you with children won’t have much say in the matter, you’re going to the cinema this weekend.

Michael Fassbender is absolutely everywhere right now, and looks set to stay firmly in the spotlight for a long time to come. His latest release, ‘Slow West’, is out in cinemas this week and will see Fassbender star as an outlaw in 19th Century America. Expect plenty of grit!

ON TELEVISION

Monday 21:00 GMT: The box-office record held by ‘Avatar’ could be under threat from a certain dino flick, but it will take a massive effort to best the $2.8 billion haul from James Cameron’s epic fantasy film. Catch the blue guys on Film4 this Monday night.

Wednesday 18:55 GMT: Rewind twenty seven years, to 1988 and enjoy ‘Big’ on Film4 this evening. A fresh faced Tom Hanks stars in this fantastically funny, family movie, in a role which earned him an Oscar nomination. Must be good!

Friday 21:00 GMT: Full on action for Friday night, as Film4 brings you ‘Hanna’. Playing the titular character, this was the breakout role for young Saoirse Ronan. Kinda like the female version of Jason Bourne, or a teenage Uma Thurman in ‘Kill Bill’; dangerous, but we’re rooting for ya!

Saturday 21:00 GMT: To avoid a Film4 whitewash, we are going to push you to watch ‘Friends With Benefits’, on…well, it’s on E4. The fantastic ‘Kick-Ass’ is on at the same time, but if you’re after something a little more light hearted, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis offer the perfect relief this weekend.

Sunday 15:50 GMT: With ‘Minions’ released this week, see where it all started for the franchise, as ITV2 provide family fun in the form of ‘Despicable Me’. Also this Sunday, you can catch ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘The Princess Bride’ (on Channel 4 and Channel 5 respectively) which are just as capable of entertaining the family.

DIG IT OUT

This is our favourite part of the WatchThisSpace section. We delve into our own DVD collection and pick out some amazing films, that may not instantly spring to mind when you’re stuck for inspiration to make your movie night a success. Maybe you’ve never seen a film that we pick – or even heard of them for that matter – but you’re gonna have to trust us on this one, and Dig It Out.

Hidden: French filmmakers are never afraid to present us with controversy, as the divisive ‘Un Francais’ has proven this week. Going by the French title of ‘CachĂ©’, this Michael Haneke flick from 2005 is a must see if you like a shocking, mystery-thriller. I watched this at university a couple of years ago, and personally, I’m delighted it was part of the module. A beautifully awkward, intriguing piece of cinematic artistry; something we all need to enjoy from time to time.

Control: Glastonbury is upon us, and I am lucky enough to be attending the festival this year for the first time. It saddens me that I will never get to see Joy Division – one of my favourite bands – live in action, ever. This biopic from 2007 is about as close as it gets; a black and white insight into the life and death of frontman Ian Curtis. As dark and tragic as the topic may be, this is a stunning and fascinating film which you just have to see! 

1984: George Orwell would have turned 111 years old this Thursday. Unfortunately, he got nowhere near that ridiculous age, instead leaving us at the age of 46. Whilst this film will never match up to the book (my favourite book of all time, actually), you are obliged to appreciate the clever and brutal story from the genius himself, adapted for the big screen. It may just provide you with a vital lesson should our world go the way Orwell envisioned; dictators and dystopia are more than just a dark fantasy now, let’s be honest.

Drive: I had the pleasure of rewatching Nicholas Winding Refn’s ‘Bronson’ last week, and was relentlessly reminded of what is arguably the director’s standout project – ‘Drive’. With both films sharing an almost identical, powerful soundtrack, it was difficult to get the enigmatic, muted performance of Ryan Gosling out of my head. And what with the unintentional pattern of picking films with one-word-titles this week, I would be a fool to leave my 8th favourite film of all time off the list of recommendations.

This week’s WatchThisSpace was compiled by Jakob Lewis Barnes