high-life-behind-the-scenes (1)Over the next year I am going to (re)watch and write about (hopefully) every film on my women-directed SF list. I will tweet about what I am watching using the #WomenMakeSF hashtag so that other people can join in (see bottom of the page to see what I am watching next). Once I have watched a film, I will review it and post it on the blog. All of my reviews will be linked to this page, which means that you’ll be able to keep track of what I’ve ticked off the list and what’s yet to come. For more information on what’s behind this take a look at my post on the wider project: Women Make Science Fiction: Gender is not a Genre.

Please send me a message or tweet at me (using #WomenMakeSF) if you know of any more science fiction films (short or feature; old, new, or forthcoming) directed by women. Non-English language film examples are extremely welcome.

SF feature films DIRECTED BY WOMEN:

Advantageous (Jennifer Phang, 2015, USA)
Æon Flux (Karyn Kusama, 2005, USA)
Altered Perception (Kate Rees Davies, 2017, USA)
Aniara (Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja, 2019, Sweden)
Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude/Low-Flying Aircraft (Solveig Nordlund, 2002, Portugal)
The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016, USA)
Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983, USA)
Captain Marvel (Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, 2019, USA)
Child’s Play (Margaret Thomson, 1952, UK)
Cloud Atlas (Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Twyker, 2012, USA)
Conceiving Ada (Lynn Hershman-Leeson, 1999, USA)
The Darkest Minds (Jennifer Yuh Nelson, 2018, USA)
Deep Impact (Mimi Leder, 1998, USA).
Évolution (Lucile Hadžihalilović, 2015, France)
Fast Color (Julia Hart, 2018, USA)
Ghost in the Machine (Rachel Talalay, 1993, USA)
High Life (Clair Denis, 2018, France)
Honeymoon (Leigh Janiak, 2015, USA)
Into the Forest (Patricia Rozema, 2015, Canada)
Jupiter Ascending (Lana Wachowski and Lily Wachowski, 2015, USA)
Level 16 (Danishka Esterhazy, 2018, Canada)
Little Joe (Jessica Hausner, 2019, UK)
Lords of the Deep (Mary Ann Fisher, 1989, USA)
Making Mr Right (Susan Seidelman, 1987, USA)
Paradise Hills (Alice Waddington, 2019, USA)
The Quiet Hour (Stéphanie Joalland, 2014, UK)
Rabid (Jen and Sylvia Soska, 2019, Canada)
Real Genius (Martha Coolidge, 1985, USA)
Sea Fever (Neasa Hardiman, 2020, Ireland)
The Sticky Fingers of Time (Hilary Brougher, 1997, USA)
Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow, 1995, USA)
Stranded (Luna/María Lidón, 2001, Spain)
Tank Girl (Rachel Talalay, 1995, USA/UK)
Teknolust (Lynn Hershman-Leeson, 2002, USA)
Testament (Lynne Littman, 1983, USA)
Vanishing Waves (Kristina Buožytė, 2012, Lithuania)
Welcome II the Terrordome (Ngozi Onwurah, 1993, UK) 
Wolf’s Cabin/Vlčí Bouda (Věra Chytilová, 1987, Czechoslovakia)

Forthcoming SF feature films DIRECTED BY WOMEN:

Eternals (Chloé Zhao, 2021, USA)
The Matrix 4 (Lana Wachowski, 2021, USA)
The New Gods (Ava DuVernay, TBA, USA)
Reminiscence (Lisa Joy, 2020, USA)


Afronauts (Nuotama Bodomo, 2014, USA)
Ava in the End (Ursula Ellis, 2018, USA)
Bride of Frankie (Devi Snively, 2017, USA)
Cupid’s Paradise (Ivy Liao, 2018, USA)
Einstein-Rosen (Olga Osorio, 2016, Spain)
Elf (Amy Van Houten, 2015, South Africa)
La Fille Bionique (Stéphanie Cabdevila, 2015, France)
In the Future they ate from the Finest Porcelain (Søren Lind and Larissa Sansour, 2015, UK/Denmark/Qatar)
In Vitro (Søren Lind and Larissa Sansour, 2019, Denmark/UK/Palestine)
Laboratory Conditions (Jocelyn Stamat, 2017, USA)
Live ( Taryn O’Neill, 2018, USA)
Nation Estate (Larissa Sansour, 2013, Denmark)
PostHuman (Jennifer Wai-Yin Luk and Cole Drumb, 2012, USA)
Pumzi (Wanuri Kahiu, 2009,South Africa/Kenya)
Real Artists (Cameo Wood, 2017, USA)
ReStart (Olga Osorio, 2015, Spain)
A Space Exodus (Larissa Sansour, 2008, Denmark/Palestine))
Strange Beasts (Magali Barbé, 2017, UK)
Swell (Bridget Savage Cole, 2016, USA)
Virtually Impossible (Kate Rees Davies, 2010, USA)
X-Gen (Kate Rees Davies, 2018, USA)

Films DIRECTED BY WOMEN that are not really SF:

Big (Penny Marshall, 1988, USA)
Brown Girl Begins (Sharon Lewis, 2017, Canada)
Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992, UK)
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017, USA)
A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay, 2018, USA)

What I am watching next:

Film: Évolution (2015)

Director: Lucile Hadžihalilović (b.1961, France)

Livetweeting: Friday 5th June 2020, 8pm BST

This title is available to stream on Amazon Prime UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.0eb8b274-5a8b-0a75-f879-c57b62d15fb0?autoplay=1, to rent or buy on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDTueMklnAA, GooglePlay https://play.google.com/store/movies/details?id=EDTueMklnAA, via a BFI subscription, and also on DVD/BluRay.

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