Lately, there has been an emergence of impactful female characters in Star Wars. I’ve written about it; many other bloggers have written about it, so I won’t go into who they are now. What I’d like to do is turn the attention to who’s behind the camera. The ones making the movies. I think most of us will agree that Lucasfilm is very progressive when it comes to incorporating more female employees in high-ranking positions, Kathleen Kennedy is the obvious example, as well as Lucasfilm story group members Kiri Hart and Rayne Roberts. And Star Wars Rebels/The Clone Wars producers Carrie Beck and Athena Portillo. But what about the films? There are seven films out now, not including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the upcoming sequels to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the Han Solo film and not one of them have a female director. I know it’s been said, that those in charge of making the films will put in place the best possible choices, but I think it’s about time we start seeing some women behind the camera. Shamefully, I could not name one female director. So, I decided to do a quick google search for “female directors,” and came across a wealth of extremely, talented directors that are female.
The very first one on the list I knew only by her films (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty), but could not name her. That is so wrong of me. Of course, I’m talking about Kathryn Bigelow who beat out her ex-husband James Cameron for Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards with The Hurt Locker and was nominated for Best Picture in 2013 for Zero Dark Thirty. If Lucasfilm is looking to make another war-heavy film they need to look no further than Ms. Bigelow.
Sofia Coppola, the daughter of Frances Ford Coppola (a great friend of George Lucas), who has directed films like The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, and Marie Antoinette, is currently directing a film called The Beguiled which is due out next year. Ms. Coppola has a talent for creating heart-felt films that dig deep into the psyche of the human character.
Patty Jenkins, who I’ve never heard of, is currently directing the new Wonder Woman movie that’s in post-production; due to release next year. She also directed Monster (2003), one of my personal favorites with Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci.
Ava DuVernay directed Selma in 2014, a movie about Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Ms. DuVernay directed David Oyelowo as Dr. King (David does the voice for Agent Kallus in Star Wars Rebels). Selma was nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards. And to add another Star Wars connection, Bradford Young, who was just assigned to do the cinematography for the Han Solo film, also worked on Selma. With the combined talents of DuVernay and Young, nothing but the finest can be had.
Topping off the list of female directors I think should be considered to direct a future Star Wars film are : Critically acclaimed Danish director Lone Scherfig (An Education, 2009), Argentine-born Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman, 2009), Agnes Jaoui (Look at Me, 2005), Claire Denis (35 Shots of Rum, 2009), another Danish director Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, 2007), the first American on the list Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are Alright, 2010), Nicole Holofcencer (Please Give, 2010), Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, 1996), and New Zealand-born Jane Campion (The Piano, 1993).
I don’t know about you, but I have some movie watching to do.
The Cantina Cast
The wretched hive your Jedi Master warned you about!