The past two years have been an exceptional time for groundbreaking British films written and directed by women. It’s fitting, then, that throughout April the BFI Southbank will celebrate with a season called ‘Made in Britain’, the first of an annual programming strand which will treat British film as a distinctive brand – an approach which, perhaps not coincidentally, was one of the recommendations of a recent report on the future of British film commissioned by the government. Many of the films, such as Lynne Ramsay’s ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’, Andrea Arnold’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, Clio Barnard’s ‘The Arbor’ and Carol Morley’s ‘Dreams of a Life’ (above) have recently been in cinemas, but the season will also screen earlier films by these filmmakers, such as Ramsay’s staggering debut ‘Ratcatcher’ from 1999 and Arnold’s award-winning ‘Red Road’ from 2006. The real point, of course, is that these are all excellent films, full stop. They just happen to have been made by women. And when only 14% of British films are, that’s surely still worth shouting about.
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