Category: women in film

Marleen Goris (b. 1948) is a filmmaker from the Netherlands.
She was the first female director to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, which
she achieved in 1995 for Antonia’s Line.

Her work often deals
with feminist and LGBT issues, and features strong and complex female characters.
Other films she directed include Mrs Dalloway and The Luzhin Defence.

Julie Dash (b. 1952) is a film director and writer, part
of the L.A. Rebellion generation. Her 1991 film Daughters of the Dust was
the first production by an African American woman to have general theatrical
release in the United States.

Daughters
of the Dust
is included
in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for its cultural
significance, and has been considered one of the most significant films of the
last three decades. Dash has won the Black American Cinema Society Award and a
cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival, among others.

Angela Lansbury (b. 1925) is an
award-winning British actress. She is best known for portraying the lead
character of the famous detective series Murder,
She Wrote.

Her career has spanned more than eight decades, and she has won five
Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and an honorary Oscar, among other honours. She
was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994.

Helen Hayes (1900-1993) was an actress nicknamed “The First Lady of
American Theatre”. She is one of only fifteen people to have ever won all four
EGOT Awards.

Her career spanned eight decades, during which time she won two Oscars and
an Emmy, among others. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and
the National Medal of Arts. Her philanthropic efforts included the funding of a
New York hospital that eventually came to bear her name.

Norma Shearer (1902-1983) was a Canadian-American Hollywood actress. She was the
first person to receive five Academy Award nominations for acting.

She started acting at the age of 19, and in
1929 got her first talking role in The Trial of Mary Dugan. She is
regarded as a feminist icon for portraying, for the first time on the big
screen, unmarried but sexually liberated women.

Suzan Pitt (1943-2019)
was a painter and animator, whose career lasted more than four decades. She was
known for her acclaimed surrealist films.

Her first film was released in 1970, and
her best-known work, Asparagus, debuted in 1979 at the Whitney Museum of
American Art. She was also a professor at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts
at Harvard, and later at the California Institute of the Arts.

Natalie
Portman
(b. 1981) is an actress and director,
famous for a variety of roles in major Hollywood productions. She has won
numerous awards, including an Oscar and two Golden Globes.

She studied for a Bachelors degree in
psychology at Harvard while continuing her acting career and starring in the Star
Wars
franchise. In 2008, she became the youngest ever member of the jury at
Cannes Film Festival. She is an advocate for animal rights and environmental protection,
as well as an important donor for feminist and human rights causes.

Agnès Varda (1928-2019) was a Belgian-French
photographer and filmmaker. She was a pioneer of the French New Wave film
movement during the 1950s and 1960s.

She made her first
film, La Pointe Courte, in 1954, and
continued working in the cinematic industry for more than five decades,
establishing her reputation as the ‘mother’ of the New Wave movement. She received
numerous awards and honours for her work, including the first Academy Honorary
Award for a female director.

Octavia
Spencer
(b. 1972) is an award-winning actress. She
is one of only two African-American actresses who were nominated for three
Academy Awards.

For her role in the 2011 film The Help, she won multiple awards
including an Oscar, A Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Her other two Oscar nominations
were for Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water. She also worked as
an executive producer for the Academy Award winner Green Book.

Samira
Makhmalbaf
(b.
1980) is an Iranian director and script writer. She is considered one of the
most influential filmmakers of the Iranian New Wave.

She directed her first film, The Apple, at the age of 17, and later
presented it at Cannes Film Festival. The film was featured at over 100 film
festivals in more than 30 countries. She has won the Jury’s Prize at Cannes twice,
as well as the UNESCO Award at the Venice Film Festival, among others.