Summer blockbusters are here!
And with those July new releases come a good number of women written, directed, and produced projects. Yes, that Ghostbusters reboot is one of them. But so is Ab-Fab, and that’s a DAMN BLESSING.
First time readers, here’s the deal:
I premiered this monthly series back in May as a means to an end. An end to not knowing how few feature films are written and directed by women each year; to missing some of the best female created series on television; to just not knowing what the hell to watch.
Why not get all the work in one place and help support these women filmmakers, writers, and show-runners?
And so here we are. June’s list was heavy on the television. July is nicely balanced, with more to offer on the theatrical front. I’m very pleased to see two major studio productions (Absolutely Fabulous and Ghostbusters) with huge female influences.
Now, without further ado…
The Disclaimer: I researched each title myself and had no singular source list. While this list is hopefully expansive, it is not exhaustive. If I’m missing a project that you know has a female writer or director (or creator/heavily female writer’s room in the case of a tv show), drop me a line and I’ll gladly add it to the list.
Women to Watch:
July Television + Film
Films set for a July 2016 release
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
(comedy) – Directed by Mandie Fletcher, Written by Jennifer Saunders, in theaters July 22 (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!” [absolutelyfabulousthemovie.co.uk]
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
(documentary) – Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, in theaters July 8 (Loki Films/Thirteen/WNET/Music Box Films)
“A look at the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear.” [imdb]
(biopic) – Screenplay by Ellen Sue Brown, in theaters July 13 (Good Films/Broad Green Pictures)
“A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.” [imdb]
(comedy) – Co-written by Katie Dippold, in theaters July 15 (Columbia Pictures)
“Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!” [ghostbusters.com]
(drama) – Directed by Meera Menon, Written by Amy Fox, Story by Sarah Megan Thomas, in theaters July 29 (Broad Street Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics)
“Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.” [imdb]
Shows premiering or airing new episodes in July 2016
(feature film/drama) – Written/Directed by Sian Heder, premieres July 29 on Netflix
“While searching for her ex-boyfriend, a young drifter impulsively kidnaps a baby from a neglectful mother and pretends the child is her own.” [Netflix]
Blue: A Secret Life
(drama) – Co-written by Karen Graci, premieres July 8 on LMN
“Julia Stiles plays the lead in this drama series featuring Blue, an accountant who is struggling as a single mother with a teenage son. Finding no other option, she turns to prostitution but does all she can to keep it a secret from her family and friends. Blue’s world becomes even more complicated as she attempts to meet the demands of leading a double life in addition to dealing with haunting issues from her past. Blue’s 13-year-old son, Josh, is the motivation behind her choices aimed at building a stable life.” [mylifetime.com]
Difficult People: Season 2
(comedy) – Created by Julie Klausner, new episodes premiere July 12 on Hulu
“Difficult People hails from Julie Klausner who stars alongside Emmy®-nominated Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner. As best friends living in New York City, their typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations.” [Hulu]
Black and White
(comedy/talk show) – Executive produced by Kara Welker, Elaine Frontain, and Shelly Tatro. premieres June 23 on BBC America
“A provocative weekly series that filters current events through the dueling points of view of comedians Christian Finnegan and Sherrod Small… utilizing sketch, parody and social experiments, this series shines a light on the state of race in our country.” [aetv.com]
Continuing this month:
(see June’s list for full details)
Angie Tribeca: Season 2
Mondays at 9/8c on TBS
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 7
Mondays at 9/8c on TNT
UnReal: Season 2
Mondays at 10/9c on Lifetime
Odd Mom Out: Season 2
Mondays at 10/9c on Bravo
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7
Tuesdays at 8/7c on Freeform
Ray Donovan: Season 4
Sundays at 9/8c on Showtime
Beauty and the Beast: Season 4
Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW
What are watching in July?
Leave your current favorites (or any women helmed features that I’ve missed) in the comments and let’s talk about it.