#WomenMakeSF

high-life-behind-the-scenes (1)I am going to (re)watch and write about every women-directed SF film. The list below is live and updated with new releases and hidden gems as I find them. I will tweet about what I am watching using the #WomenMakeSF hashtag so that other people can join in (see bottom of the page for what I am watching next). Once I have watched a film, I will review it and post it. 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 the Women Make SF project 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 or @WomenMakeSF if you know of any more science fiction films (short films or feature length; old, new, or forthcoming) directed by women. Non-English language film examples are extremely welcome.

You can follow the project through the Twitter account: @WomenMakeSF #WomenMakeSF  #WomenMakeSFPod

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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)
Cargo (Arati Kadav, 2020, India) 
Child’s Play (Margaret Thomson, 1952, UK)
Cloud Atlas (Lana Wachowski, Lilly 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)
Embers (Claire Carré, 2015, Poland | USA)
Évolution (Lucile Hadžihalilović, 2015, France)
Fast Color (Julia Hart, 2018, USA)
Ghost in the Machine (Rachel Talalay, 1993, USA)
Greatland (Dana Ziyasheva, 2020, France | USA)
Half-Life (Jennifer Phang, 2008, USA)
High Life (Clair Denis, 2018, France)
Honeymoon (Leigh Janiak, 2015, USA)
Imitation Girl
(Natasha Kermani, 2017, USA)
Into the Forest (Patricia Rozema, 2015, Canada)
Jupiter Ascending (Lana and Lilly Wachowski, 2015, USA)
Last Exit to Earth (Katt Shea, 1996, USA – prod. Roger Corman)
Level 16 (Danishka Esterhazy, 2018, Canada)
Little Joe (Jessica Hausner, 2019, UK)
Lords of the Deep (Mary Ann Fisher, 1989, USA – prod. Roger Corman)
Making Mr Right (Susan Seidelman, 1987, USA)
The Matrix (The Wachowskis, 1999, USA)
The Matrix Reloaded (The Wachowskis, 2003, USA)
The Matrix Revolutions (The Wachowskis, 2003, USA)
My Zoe (Julie Delphy, 2019, France)
The Mysterious Wall (Irina Povolotskaia and Mikhail Sadkovich, 1967, Russia)
Paradise Hills (Alice Waddington, 2019, USA)
The Quiet Hour (Stéphanie Joalland, 2014, UK)
Real Genius (Martha Coolidge, 1985, USA)
Save Yourselves! (Eleanor Wilson and Alex Huston Fischer, 2020, USA)
Sea Fever (Neasa Hardiman, 2020, Ireland)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Lorene Scafaria, 2012, USA)
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)
The Trouble with Being Born (Susan Wollner, 2020, Austria | Germany)
Vanishing Waves (Kristina Buožytė, 2012, Lithuania)
Wake up on Mars (Dea Gjinovci, 2020, Switzerland | France)
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)
I’m Your Man/Ich bin dein Mensch (Maria Schrader, 2021, Germany)
The Matrix 4
(Lana Wachowski, 2021, USA)
The New Gods (Ava DuVernay, TBA, USA)
Reminiscence (Lisa Joy, 2021, USA)
White Plastic Sky (Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó, 2022, Hungary/Slovakia)

SF short films DIRECTED BY WOMEN:

55 Km/sec (Arati Kadav, 2020, India)
Afronauts
 (Nuotama Bodomo, 2014, USA)
Ava in the End (Ursula Ellis, 2018, USA)
Bride of Frankie (Devi Snively, 2017, USA)
The Company’s Man (Nour Wazzi, 2014, UK)
Cupid’s Paradise (Ivy Liao, 2018, USA)
Doomsday (Ruth Stuart, 1934, UK)
Echo and Soloman (Jem Garrard, 2016, Canada)
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 the Year 2000 (Alice Guy Blaché, 1912, USA – revision of Les Résultats du Féminisme, 1906, France) – lost, but likely earliest women directed SF
In Vitro (Søren Lind and Larissa Sansour, 2019, Denmark/UK/Palestine)
Lab Rats (Nour Wazzi, 2019, UK)
Laboratory Conditions (Jocelyn Stamat, 2017, USA)
Live ( Taryn O’Neill, 2018, USA)
Nation Estate (Larissa Sansour, 2013, Denmark)
Neon (Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair, 2017, Ireland)
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)
Time Machine (Arati Kadav, 2016, India)
UNIT Bryan (Jem Garrard, 2016, Canada)
Virtually Impossible (Kate Rees Davies, 2010, USA)
X-Gen (Kate Rees Davies, 2018, USA)

SF television shows CO/CREATED BY WOMEN:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Maurissa Tancharoen with Jed and Joss Whedon, 2013-2020)
Altered Carbon (created by: Laeta Kalogridis, 2018- )
BrainDead (created by: Michelle King and Robert King, 2016)
Dark (created by: Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, 2017-2020)
Debris (4/13 ep. directed by women, 9/13 co/written by Tiffany Shaw Ho and Davia Carter, 2021-)
Emergence (created by: Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, 2020)
Human Kind Of (created by: Diana McCorry, 2018)
Intergalactic (written by: Julie Gearey [and Laura Grace for ep.#1.7, several women directors], 2021-)
Jessica Jones (created by Melissa Rosenberg, 2015-2019)
Killjoys! (created by: Michelle Lovretta, 2015-2019)
The OA (created by: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, 2016-2019)
Roswell New Mexico (developed by: Carina Adly Mackenzie, 2019- )
Sense8
(created by: Lana and Lilly Wachowski with J. Michael Straczynski, 2015-2018)
Star-Crossed (created by: Meredith Averill, 2014)
Steven Universe (created by: Rebecca Sugar, 2013- 2020)
Supergirl (created by: Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, 2015- )
Vagrant Queen (created by: Jem Garrard, 2020) #SaveVagrantQueen
Warehouse 13 (created by: Jane Espenson and D. Brent Mote, 2009-2014)
Westworld (created by: Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, 2016- )

Not exactly SF Media DIRECTED/CREATED BY WOMEN:

Big (Penny Marshall, 1988, USA)
Brown Girl Begins (Sharon Lewis, 2017, Canada)
Captain Marvel (Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, 2019, USA)
Cold Souls (Sophie Barthes, 2009, USA)
iZombie (created by Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Rob Thomas, 2015-2019)
The Lure/Córki Dancingu (Agnieszka Smoczyńska, 2015, Poland)
Orlando
 (Sally Potter, 1992, UK)
Rabid (Jen and Sylvia Soska, 2019, Canada)
Russian Doll (created by: Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler, 2019- )
Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001)
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017, USA)
Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins, 2020, USA)
A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay, 2018, USA)



The next #WomenMakeSF film:

Film: Cargo (2019, India)

Director: Arati Kadav

Livetweet: Friday 11th June @ 7.30 (GMT+1)

Follow the discussion and join in using the hashtag #WomenMakeSF

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