Our Girl Friday

Our Girl Friday is our weekly nod to a fantastic female in film. Its name is inspired by Howard Hawks’ 1940 film His Girl Friday starring the fabulous Rosalind Russell.

It’s important to note the good things actors, filmmakers and critics do with their talents and this weekly spot gives us the opportunity to share how we’re inspired by their work. Got a suggestion for an Our Girl Friday? We want to hear it. Check our Facebook or Twitter each Friday to see who we’ll be hailing next!


4 November: Alexandra-Therese Keining

Our Girl Friday is: ALEXANDRA-THERESE KEINING! Keining is the groundbreaking director and author whose debut HOT DOG (2002) made her Sweden’s youngest director. Her films tilt towards themes of sexuality and identity such as KISS ME which picked up Best Breakthrough at the American Film Institute for its positive depiction of gay and bisexual women. […]



29 October: Chanya Button

Chanya Button is the first time director of Burn Burn Burn which, after being nominated for Best Film at LFF in 2015, is now out on general release! This is one film with a lot of girl power; Laura Carmichae (Downtown Abbey) joins Chloe Pirrie to lead alongside a gaggle of dark comedy heroes, Alice […]



21 October: Mira Nair

Mira has flexed her directing muscles across a galaxy of genres from romantic comedies such as Mississippi Masala (Sarita Choudhury’s debut role alongside Denzel Washington), period drama Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon, and dramatic biopic Amelia starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. Her most recent film was drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist starring Kate Hudson. Mira’s […]



19 Aug: Philippa Lowthorpe

Philippa Lowthorpe’s earned her stripes in the TV world with impressive directing credits such as Jamaica Inn and Cider With Rosie and was the FIRST woman to be awarded for Best Director for Call The Midwife in 2012. Her lengthy list of mini series and TV movies includes Five Daughters starring Natalie Press which follows […]


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5 August: Naomi Kawase

  Naomi is one of Japan’s most prolific directors and dexterous in all cinematic crafts from editing, acting, producing, cinematography and screenwriting and has a boast-worthy 26 directing credits to her name from shorts, docs and dramas. Her latest alluring film An (translated as Sweet Bean or Red-Bean Jam), is out today and has garnered […]


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29 July: Brie Lawson

At just 26 year-old, Brie Larson’s career has shown her range as an actress, from an acid-tongued teen in Diablo Cody’s zany TV show The United States of Tara to Short Term 12’s troubled care worker to her Oscar-winning turn as a tough but vulnerable young mother in Room – and now, the main character […]


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