To quote Natalie Portman at the 2018 Golden Globes, this year's Best Director lists are - woefully unsurprisingly, no less shockingly - "all male nominees". But, just because the industry is still dragging its feet at recognising the women at the helm of film, that doesn't stop us celebrating the female-directed movies we will be watching in 2019. In fact, it makes it even more important that we do. Here are 10 to have on your radar.
One of the most anticipated films of 2019, Greta Gerwig's star pulling power brings Emma Watson (as Meg, the role that Emma Stone was originally tipped to play), Saoirse Ronan (Jo), Florence Pugh (Amy), Eliza Scanlen (Beth), Meryl Streep (Aunt March) and Timothée Chalamet (Laurie) to Louisa May Alcott's literary classic later this year.
Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers - who becomes one of the most powerful heroes in the universe - in the first Marvel film fronted by a female character. Anna Boden co-directs and writes with her long-time creative partner Ryan Fleck, with the duo expected to bring a newfound level of complexity to the genre.
Birds Of Passage
An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film this year, this crime film is co-directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra and chronicles a Wayuu family who become mixed up in illegal drug trading in a violent decade of Colombian history spanning the '60s and '70s.
Andrea Berloff writes and directs this year's answer to Steve McQueen's Widows, about the wives of New York mobsters in '70s Hell's Kitchen who take over their husbands' crime operations when they go to prison. The star-studded cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy and Domhnall Gleeson.
Queen & Slim
Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith play a couple whose first date goes awry after they are pulled over by a police officer. Melina Matsoukas (in her feature film debut) and Lena Waithe - who previously worked together on Master Of None - team up again to direct and write.
Elizabeth Banks heads up the new reboot of Charlie's Angels, with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska following in the crime-fighting footsteps of their major predecessors from the '70s television series and the Noughties films.
Gina Rodriguez takes the title role in this action thriller - a remake of Gerardo Naranjo’s 2011 Mexican film of the same name - directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight).
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Tina Gordon Chism writes and directs this comedy-fantasy, which centres around a woman who is transformed into her younger self (played by Black-ish actress Marsai Martin) when adulthood becomes difficult to navigate.
The Rhythm Section
Starring Blake Lively and Jude Law, Emmy-winning director Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) helms this action-thriller about a woman seeking revenge on those responsible for a plane crash that killed her family.
Floria Sigismondi directs a modern adaptation of Henry James's ghost story Turn of the Screw, about a young governess hired to care for two orphans.
[Via Vogue UK]