This week’s new series, movies, and documentaries by women span a pretty wide range. I’d draw your attention particularly to the documentaries that are coming out. All three look particularly good.
I Hate Suzie (HBO)
showrunner Lucy Prebble
mostly directed by Georgi Banks-Davies
A famous woman’s phone is hacked. Graphic pictures of her affair are published. Suzie and her manager Naomi do their best to hold her steady as her life falls apart.
The series is co-created by “Doctor Who” star Billie Piper and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” creator Lucy Prebble. (Piper starred in that project, as she does here.) Prebble also produced on “Succession”. The pair also serve as the series’ writers. Georgi Banks-Davies directs 6 of the 8 episodes.
You can watch “I Hate Suzie” on HBO Max with a subscription.
No Man’s Land (Hulu)
showrunner Maria Feldman
A woman is killed in a suicide bombing. Her brother suspects she’s still alive, however. To discover the truth, he ends up traveling with an all-women group of Kurdish freedom fighters. This is based on the YPJ, a real world resistance force that’s combated ISIS in Syria for years.
Showrunner Maria Feldman has worked with a variety of streaming services to coordinate international productions with Israel. (I make no assumptions about where she falls politically, as I haven’t watched her work yet.) “No Man’s Land” is a French-Israeli-Belgium co-production told in French, Kurdish, English, and Arabic.
You can watch “No Man’s Land” on Hulu with a subscription.
directed by Romola Garai
A former soldier is homeless. A woman and her mother offer him refuge in, and a job fixing, the house that’s falling apart around them. He increasingly suspects all is not as it seems.
“Amulet” is the first feature from writer-director Romola Garai. You may be familiar with her as an actress in British series – she played Sugar in “The Crimson Petal and the White”, and Bel Rowley in “The Hour”.
You can watch “Amulet” on Hulu with a subscription.
1 Night in San Diego (VOD)
directed by Penelope Lawson
Two women road trip to San Diego for Comic Con. One thing leads to another until their trip is a mess of chaos and plot complications.
This is the second feature from writer-director Penelope Lawson after 2017’s “Just Sing”.
See where to watch “1 Night in San Diego” on streaming right here.
Three Words to Forever (Netflix)
directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina
A married couple has become disillusioned with each other. They delay their separation to support their families. They don’t want to ruin upcoming events, so they stick together for the moment. As their secret unravels, it leads the entire family to examine their relationships with each other.
“Three Words to Forever” is a 2018 film, but I believe this is the first time it’s available in the U.S. via a subscription service. Netflix has been acquiring a number of Filipino movies recently, particularly romantic comedies. This includes another of director Cathy Garcia-Molina’s films that’s available this week: the 2010 comedy “My Amnesia Girl”.
Garcia-Molina is one of the biggest filmmakers in the Philippines. Her romantic comedies are regularly major hits in the Philippines. This includes the 2019 film “Hello, Love, Goodbye”, which stands as the highest grossing Filipino movie ever made.
You can watch “Three Words to Forever” on Netflix with a subscription.
The App That Stole Christmas (Netflix)
directed by Monica Floyd
There’s no trailer for this one. Felix is an inventor who creates an app to help with Christmas shopping. When he encounters an elf named Ray, he realizes just how much his app has come between people and commercialized the holiday.
This is the first film Monica Floyd has written or directed. Before this, she’s worked as a producer, often on thrillers.
You can watch “The App That Stole Christmas” on Netflix with a subscription.
Born to Be (virtual theatrical)
directed by Tania Cypriano
Dr. Jess Ting (he/him) is a leader in gender-affirming surgery at Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. “Born to Be” looks at his work and the impact it has on his patients. Some have a vast amount of education in trans history. Others are finding their way. They all need someone on their side, and someone who can help them understand the medical side of transitioning.
Director Tania Cypriano has previously looked at immigration from Brazil in “Grandma Has a Video Camera” and a religious community of people with AIDS in “Odo Ya! Vida com Aids”.
You can watch “Born to Be” on distributor Kino Lorber’s virtual cinema. It allows you to support a local art theater that will receive half your ticket price.
Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams (ESPN)
directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki
The Koshien is Japan’s national high school baseball championship. It’s wildly popular, and coaches and student-athletes alike drive themselves to reach it. The 100th annual Koshien hold special importance. “Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams” looks at a traditionalist coach who considers that every personal sacrifice is required for the benefit of an organization, and contrasts him to a progressive coach who recognizes that these views can be damaging to a society’s physical and mental health. How do they train those under their care as they journey towards adulthood?
Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki has a few documentaries coming out in the near future, but her past work includes a profile of the creators of the Curious George series of children’s books. She’s been a prolific editor of documentaries over the past decade as well.
You can watch “Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams” if you get ESPN through a cable/satellite provider or streaming service.
Marvel’s 616 (Disney+ docu-series)
Showrunner Sarah Amos
“Marvel’s 616” looks at the history of Marvel Comics, especially the more modern history. How are comics reacting to cultural changes? What is their role in social progress? Each episode asks a different question about comics’ role and evolution. I’m often wary when a documentary is made by the people it’s examining, but I have to admit this has a lot of potential.
As the Vice President of Development and Production for Marvel Entertainment, showrunner Sarah Amos also oversees the Marvel content that appears on the company’s website and Disney+.
You can watch “Marvel’s 616” on Disney+ with a subscription.
Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.
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