Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes nearly kiss in "The Essex Serpent".

New Shows + Movies by Women — May 13, 2022

Please continue to call your Congresspeople, as well as elected officials at the state level, to support enshrining abortion rights into law. The more states have protections for it, and protections for both abortion providers and their patients, the more difficult it will be for Republicans to push further. Republicans will erode the right to an abortion in states that currently maintain it if given the chance, and it’s much harder to retake rights while you’re still losing them.

If you’re a dude who’s never called your elected officials or who used to but doesn’t anymore, start doing it. A call a weekday means you get five a week for…what, two or three minutes a day? Double that for five minutes a day. That’s it? That’s literally the absolute least we could be doing to support the right to an abortion. Treat it as a first step, but at least take it. Elected officials need to start hearing men in support of the right to an abortion, too.

NEW SERIES

The Essex Serpent (Apple TV+)
showrunner Anna Symon
directed by Clio Barnard

Claire Danes stars as Cora, a widow who moves to Essex. She’s there to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. She bonds with a local pastor played by Tom Hiddleston, but the locals soon believe that she’s the reason for the creature’s presence. This is an adaptation of the novel by Sarah Perry.

Anna Symon’s become an in-demand writer, having scribed recent series “Mrs. Wilson” and “Deep Water”. Director Clio Barnard has been nominated for three BAFTAs, including for “Ali & Ava” as this year’s Outstanding British Film of the Year.

You can watch “The Essex Serpent” on Apple TV+. The first two episodes are available now, with another premiering every Friday for a total of 6.

Candy (Hulu)
Showrunner Robin Veith

Jessica Biel stars as Candy, a housewife in 1980 Texas who’s had enough. The result is a double murder. Melanie Lynskey co-stars. The show is based on real events.

Showrunner Robin Veith has produced on “The Expanse” and “True Blood”. She started out as a writers’ assistant on “Mad Men” before working her way up to executive story editor and staff writer on that show.

You can watch “Candy” on Hulu. It debuted an episode a day this week, making all 5 available now.

42 Days of Darkness (Netflix)
co-showrunner Claudia Huaiquimilla

In this Chilean series, Cecilia searches for her missing sister Veronica. The case balloons as media-hungry detectives and a greedy lawyer complicate an investigation she’ll just have to do herself.

Writer-director Claudia Huaiquimilla showruns with director Gaspar Antillo. This is her first series after writing and directing two feature films.

You can watch “42 Days of Darkness” on Netflix. All 6 episodes are available immediately.

CW: suicide

New Heights (Netflix)
showrunner Marianne Wendt
half directed by Sabine Boss

When Michi’s father commits suicide, he’s forced to choose between a successful career and a shot at keeping their family’s farm running. No English trailer for this one, but the series has subtitles.

The Swiss drama is created and showrun by Marianne Wendt, a writer who usually works in German television. Director Sabine Boss helms half the episodes. She won for Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 2014 Swiss Film Prizes for “I Am the Keeper”, and was nominated in 2003 for Best Film for “Ernstfall in Havanna”.

You can watch “New Heights” on Netflix. All 8 episodes are available immediately.

The Kids in the Hall (Amazon)
half directed by Aleysa Young

The 90s Canadian sketch comedy show returns with the original cast.

Aleysa Young directs the first five episodes. She directed “Baroness Von Sketch Show” and on “Kim’s Convenience”.

You can watch “The Kids in the Hall” on Amazon.

NEW MOVIES

The Stylist (Shudder, AMC+)
directed by Jill Gevargizian

A hair stylist obsesses over her clients’ lives. In an attempt to make her own relevant to theirs, she begins murdering them.

Writer-director Jill Gevargizian has mostly directed short films and in horror anthologies. This comes from starting a monthly showcase for indie and amateur filmmakers in her town. “The Stylist” is an expansion on a short film she directed in 2016, and comes from the experience of working as a hair stylist for more than a decade.

You can watch “The Stylist” on Shudder, or AMC+.

Sneakerella (Disney+)
directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

A sneaker designer dreams of getting his designs seen by the most famous brand. He hopes to make it to SneakerCon and impress, but can he escape the endless list of chores and expectations at home?

Director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum has helmed on shows like “Dead to Me” and “Empire”.

You can watch “Sneakerella” on Disney+.

Faye (Hoopla)
directed by Kd Amond

Faye is an author of self-help books. She goes to a cabin to finish her next book and try to find some peace after the death of her husband. Needless to say, creepy things ensue.

This is writer-director Kd Amond’s third film. She’s produced and edited a large number of short films in the last several years.

You can watch “Faye” on Hoopla, or see where you can rent it.

Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.

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