As part of a new theme for Rianne Pictures we will be posting a weekly edit, a round up of news regarding women in film and upcoming relevant events. Bear with us while we get this off the ground, we're starting small for now! But if you wish to contribute some exciting news about an upcoming event or project you are part of don't hesitate to drop us a line!
Not to be confused with the female directors group Cinesisters, Cine-Sister is a DIY film programming organisation focused on promoting films made with female-identifying filmmakers in a leadership role. They aim to give a voice and a platform to a diverse range of women with amazing stories to tell and share them with the public in a range of locations around the UK. Their third screening is coming soon in November, previously holding events in Manchester and Plymouth. Submissions have just opened for the next screening in Peterborough which will be at Metal on the 17th of November. Submit through filmfreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/CineSister it's free! - Caris Rianne.
WONDER WOMAN REACHES OVER 400 MILLION AT BOX OFFICE
Undoubtedly, Wonder Woman managed to become one of the most talked films of Summer 2017, earning praise from audiences and critics alike. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman was the first superhero movie directed by a woman in a decade, also only the second female directed superhero movie to have a budget more than $100 million.
Not long after, the DC Extended Universe film got another accolade under its belt and became the 5th biggest superhero film domestically with its impressive $409.1 million box office
It now joins the elite club , accompanying “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Following this success, at an event in the Apple store in SoHo this week to mark the digital release of the film, director Patty Jenkins was asked about her break into industry.
“I started out as an unpaid film assistant because that was the only way I was going to get a foot in the door. There was a camera person who said, 'Fine, you want to work for free, I’ll train you.'
I didn’t have any connections in the industry at that time... I worked for free for maybe six months or so and then I started getting paid and one thing led to another. My best advice is to take the time to identify the people you want to work with and reach out to them in a letter. Let them know you admire their work and would love the opportunity to work for free under them to learn and grow.
My assistant, that’s how he started working with me. He said, ‘I’ll work for you and I’ll work for free,’ and we’re still working together eight years later.”
Wonder Woman is available on VOD today and on Blu-ray on September 19th. -Cagla Demirbas
LADY BIRD TRAILER
The trailer for Lady Bird was released earlier this week and there has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding it. Lady Bird is the upcoming feature film of indie favourite, Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan stars as the titular protagonist, a young girl trying to find her individuality and find new experiences whilst clashing with her mother. The trailer shows many similarities to Gerwig’s other works such as Frances Ha and Mistress America, both of which focus on a woman figuring herself out and trying to find a purpose. There have been many positive reviews for Lady Bird since it was screened at Telluride Film Festival, which is unsurprising as although it may be her directorial debut, Gerwig has written many other films before.
Watch the trailer below.- Sophie Duncan
Film recommendation of the week: Patti Cake$
Released last week, this Sundance favourite follows three inspiring musicians as they attempt to break out of their unfulfilling home town for better things. Led by Australian actress Danielle McDonald as the titular Patti, she juggles trying to support her dying grandmother and alcoholic mother, all while fighting the odds as a rapper. Mamoudou Athie and Siddharth Dhananjay are brilliant in supporting roles, but Patti's mother Barb played by Bridget Everett is a scene stealer. The last scenes will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired with the anthem 'PB and J' stuck in your head on your journey home from the cinema - Caris Rianne
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