Good morning and happy #FemaleFilmmakerEveryday!
Day 20/100 of 100 Days of Women in Film (wow, we’re already 1/5 of the way through!) puts the spotlight on Scottish director & screenwriter Lynne Ramsay, best known for her haunting films We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and You Were Never Really Here (2017).
20/100 film director & screenwriter Lynne Ramsay
I remember watching the beginning of You Were Never Really Here on a plane last year and being so mesmerized and impressed by it, that I decided to stop and wait until I could watch the film from home, on a big screen, to do it justice.
Every Frame a Painting: The poetry of Lynne Ramsay’s films
For this entry of 100 Days of Women in Film, I’d like to do things a little differently: instead of giving you a biography of Ramsay and excerpts from her films (like I have done for previous filmmakers), I’m inviting you to watch a video essay about her, from the (now defunct) YouTube channel Every Frame a Painting.
What can one detail tell us about a scene? If you’re Lynne Ramsay: absolutely everything. Today I consider the poetic possibilities of cinema and one of our finest contemporary filmmakers.
Here is Lynne Ramsay’s impressive filmography thus far (I’m only mentioning her feature films; for the full list of features and shorts she directed, I encourage you to visit her IMDb page).
Ramsay wrote and directed:
- Ratcatcher (1999) – BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer
- Morvern Callar (2002) – Winner of Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival
- We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
- You Were Never Really Here (2017) – Winner of the Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival
Her films have accrued dozens of film award nominations… and 40 wins.
In other news:
Yesterday on Twitter I noticed a message that was making the rounds: it encouraged Twitter users to click on a GIF that had a quick succession of film credits, from 23 film directors. When you hit “pause” you’d get the name of the director that would make a film about your life. Only problem: 23 out of the 23 directors featured were men. 100%. I knew I had to do something about it and create a version with female directors:
You can play the directors game on my Twitter page.
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So far #100DaysofWomeninFilm has featured:
- 1/100: film director Elvira Notari (Italy’s first female director)
- 2/100: American cinematographer Kira Kelly (13th, Queen Sugar, Self Made)
- 3/100: film editor Margaret Booth (the first person in the history of cinema to be named “film editor”)
- 4/100: filmmaker Madeline Anderson (the first African American female documentarian)
- 5/100: film critic Iris Brey (author of the book The Female Gaze)
- 6/100: trailblazing director Ida Lupino (the first American female filmmaker to direct a film noir)
- 7/100: film director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, The Invitation, Destroyer)
- 8/100: documentary filmmaker Veena Rao
- 9/100: cinematographer Sarah Thomas Moffat
- 10/100: film director, writer & producer Leila Djansi
- 11/100: production designer Monique Dias
- 12/100: sound designer Cindy Takehara
- 13/100: colorist Anastasia Shepherd
- 14/100: director Jen McGowan
- 15/100: experimental filmmaker Maya Deren
- 16/100: producer / director DeMane Davis
- 17/100: Italian cinematographer Valentina Caniglia
- 18/100: film director Mira Nair
- 19/100: director Aya Tanimura