An exciting documentary series is set to premiere Tuesday on TCM, all about women filmmakers and their craft. With more than 180 directors featured, it’s an exciting glimpse into some of the most brilliant minds in Hollywood history. The 14-part series - written and directed by Mark Cousins - will air weekly on Tuesdays on TCM, with the first episode premiering Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
Each episode takes us through specific filmmaking techniques and then follows with a handful of example films from female filmmakers. The first episode focuses on how to open a film, citing examples from China, Iran, Finland, Australia, and more. The episode is narrated by the incredible Tilda Swinton who wastes no time in acknowledging the sexism that’s tainted the film industry for decades. Her honesty is refreshing throughout the episode.
In addition to Tuesday’s episode, the rest center on various topics each week as follows:
9/1 - Openings and Tone
9/8 - Believability, Introducing Character, and Meet Cute
9/15 - Conversation, Framing, and Tracking
9/22 - Staging, Journey, and Discovery
9/29 - Adult/Child, Economy, and Editing
10/6 - POV, Close-Up, and Dream
10/13 - Bodies and Sex
10/20 - Home, Religion, and Work
10/27 - Politics, Gear Change, and Comedy
11/3 - Melodrama, Sci-Fi, Horror, and Hell
11/10 - Tension, Status, and Leave Out
11/17 - Reveal, Memory, and Time
11/24 - Life Inside, the Meaning of Life, and Love
12/1 - Death, Endings, and Song and Dance
After each episode, TCM supplements the series with a handful of films exemplifying the techniques outlined in that night’s showing. Over 100 films from 100 female filmmakers from 44 countries are included. Some of these films include Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman (1995), Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999), and Barbra Streisand’s Yentl (1983). You can check out each night’s schedule here.
The series emphasizes that they’ve avoided some of the most famous films so that they can bring to light some lesser-known names in the industry. And while they do highlight some powerhouses like Kathryn Bigelow, they definitely focus on these smaller names and their masterpieces.
Aside from Swinton, other narrators include Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Sharmila Tagore, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton, and Debra Winger. If you’re looking for a film school education from the comfort of your own home, Women Make Film is a good start. Catch the remaining 13 episodes on TCM each Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
Follow the link below to watch TCM right now on Sling!