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New Shows + Movies by Women — November 18, 2022

As we close in on the holidays, streaming services start clearing the decks for a change in content. Space is cleared for awards contenders – both larger films from well-known directors and mid-budget films that had late summer theatrical releases (such as Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling”). Every platform wants eyes on awards contenders because these legitimize the quality of a streaming service and convince users to stay on.

Smaller, independent, and international features are replaced increasingly with holiday (read: nearly all Christmas) content. You won’t see that evidenced as much in this feature since the Christmas movie field is still so overwhelmingly directed by men.

Obviously, it’s the only time of year when eyes are going to gravitate to these films, but the other part of it is that streaming platforms get to stock up on indie and international content. Saving these up gives platforms a bit more to work with in the drier months before next summer.

Series don’t quite follow the same rules as films. Yes, holiday content will cram into these two months and high-profile work is often saved for the winter break when they know audiences will have extra time to watch, but the ratio of other work stays closer to the usual.

This week, we have new series by women from the France and the U.S., and new films by women from Nunavut and the U.S.

NEW SERIES

Fleishman is in Trouble (Hulu)
showrunner Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Jesse Eisenberg stars as a man newly separated from his wife of 15 years (Claire Danes), juggling his own life badly. Lizzy Caplan and Adam Brody also star.

Showrunner Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a journalist of 20 years. She wrote the novel on which the series is based, published in 2019.

You can watch “Fleishman is in Trouble” on Hulu. Two episodes are out now, with a new one every Thursday for a total of 8.

Reign Supreme (Netflix)
co-directed by Katell Quillevere

(There’s no English trailer, but options are available on Netflix.)

This French series follows the band NTM as hip hop arrived in France in the 1980s.

Co-creator Katelle Quillevere directs with Helier Cisterne.

You can watch “Reign Supreme” on Netflix. All 6 episodes are out.

NEW MOVIES

Don’t Worry Darling (HBO Max)
directed by Olivia Wilde

Alice takes care of her 50s home while her husband’s at work for a glamorous company. Not all is as it seems, as life and reality itself start to come apart around her. Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, and Harry Styles star.

Olivia Wilde started as an actress, with her breakthrough coming in “House, M.D.” Her first feature as director was the critically hailed “Booksmart” in 2019.

You can watch “Don’t Worry Darling” on HBO Max.

Slash/Back (Shudder)
directed by Nyla Innuksuk

Maika and her friends use improvised weapons and their extensive horror movie knowledge to fight back against an alien invasion in their Arctic town. Most of the cast is Inuit or First Nations.

Nyla Innuksuk directs and co-writes the Nunavut film. She’s also helped create VR experiences for Tanya Tagaq and A Tribe Called Red.

I featured “Slash/Back” just a few weeks ago when it came out to rent on VOD, but now you can also see it on Shudder.

The People We Hate at the Wedding (Amazon)
directed by Claire Scanlon

Unfriendly siblings tolerate each other in the week leading up to their half-sister’s wedding. Kristen Bell, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Ben Platt, and Allison Janney star.

Director Claire Scanlon has been involved in some of the best series comedies of the last several years, directing on “GLOW”, “Never Have I Ever”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, and “Rutherford Falls”. She started off two decades ago as an editor in reality TV.

You can watch “The People We Hate at the Wedding” on Amazon.

Where the Crawdads Sing (Netflix)
directed by Olivia Newman

Abandoned by her family, Kya raises herself in the marsh outside of a 1950s southern town. After a prominent murder, she becomes the main suspect. Daisy Edgar-Jones stars.

Director Olivia Newman previously helmed episodes of “FBI” and “Chicago Fire”.

You can watch “Where the Crawdads Sing” on Netflix.

Christmas with You (Netflix)
directed by Gabriela Tagliavini

Aimee Garcia features as a pop star whose popularity is declining, and who must write a Christmas song or be dropped from her label. She escapes to a small town – where she finds Freddie Prinze Jr. as a single dad who just so happens to write music.

Argentinian director Gabriela Tagliavani has directed 3 films that reached #1 in Mexico and Spain.

You can watch “Christmas with You” on Netflix.

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

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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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