To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, the cinema’s female programmers have teamed up to launch a long overdue #DirectedByWomen strand to balance out the gender gap in our programming.
First on our list is 2014’s acclaimed contemporary ‘vampire spaghetti western’ A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. An exhilarating feature debut from Iranian director Ana Lily Amirpour, it’s an homage to cinema that has critics drawing comparisons with Stranger Than Paradise, Let the Right One In and City of God.
The film tells the story of a feisty skateboarding female neck-biter (Sheila Vand) and her attempt to challenge cultural barriers and subvert gender divides in the ghost town of ‘Bad City’.
Dr Sarah Marie Hall, Lecturer in Human Geography at University of Manchester, will be delivering a talk titled ‘Geographies of the street: gender, fear and urban environments’