Women to Watch: 5 up-and-coming female directors
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With more female-led films, not to mention that the three highest grossing films of both 2017 and 2018 featured a female-driven storyline, it is apparent that consumer audiences are hungry for equal gender representation - both in front and behind the camera.
In the spirit of promoting women-led projects and women filmmakers, we’ve compiled a list of prominent up and coming female filmmakers. And we also included some of their work that you’ll soon be seeing on screens, both big and small.
1. Claire McCarthy
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Born in Australia, Claire Mccarthy is a young up-and-coming director who now splits her time between Sydney and Los Angeles. She has been making internationally acclaimed feature films, short films, music videos and documentaries for over a decade. Some of her notable works have cast big-name actresses, including Daisy Ridley and Viola Davis.
2. Chloe Zhao
Born and raised in Beijing, Chloe Zhao studied at Mount Holyoke College, earning a bachelor's degree in political science, and later studied at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. In September 2018, Marvel Studios hired her to direct a film based on the Eternals.
3. Aletha Jones
Aletha is an Australian director and writer who currently lives in Los Angeles. Although she has been prominent within the industry for a while, her short film Lemonade Stand was awarded “Winner” of Tropfest Australia by a judging panel that included the likes of Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Toni Collette.
4. Reed Morano
Reed Morano is an incredibly accomplished director, who has won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for her work on the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale. She is the first woman to win an Emmy in the Drama Series category in 22 years.
5. Marielle Heller
Born and raised in California, Marielle Heller has been involved in the entertainment industry her entire life, acting in plays all throughout childhood before eventually switching to work behind the camera. She has been honoured with a Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship and The Maryland Film Festival Fellowship.
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