This has seen the film industry turned on its head. The floodgates opened last October when the New York Times published a story detailing the accusations against Harvey Weinstein and his alleged decades of sexual harassment, a tapestry of scandals that continues to unravel.
Countless accusations, campaigns and protests later, we’re finally seeing years worth of necessary change begin to unfold in Hollywood - and it has kickstarted new conversations around gender equality, not just in film, but across other industries too. Needless to say, it’s been a tumultuous, emotional and humbling year in the City of Angels (and apparent devils).
So, as we look ahead to the new cinematic season, it’s exciting to see a newfound emphasis on women's stories across a range of contemporary issues, from gun violence, to racial politics and mental health. Strong, talented female writers, directors and actors are claiming the spotlight in a post-Weinstein world, and for all the right reasons.
Here are 10 female-led, kick-ass films to keep an eye out for:
Set against the backdrop of previously unseen personal home videos, Kevin Macdonald’s incredibly intimate portrayal of the life and music of a young Whitney Houston creates an honest, unapologetic depiction of the icon’s stratospheric rise to fame and subsequent self-destructive fall.
Not only does Whitney chronicle how the Queen of Pop fought for independence in a male-dominated industry, but the film also acts as a raging commentary on racial politics from the eighties through to the noughties. Get ready, it’s going to be So Emotional…
2. Generation Wealth