Everyday is International Women's Day in HUNGER's world, but today we look back at the times cinema got it just right too. Here are eight Bechdel passing films to celebrate your day with...
Thelma & Louise
The ride or die friendship to beat all other friendships, Thelma and Louise are friends through the toughest of times and through the rockiest of falls. Setting out on an adventure together, running from abusive men and maybe a couple criminal charges, the two decide to leave it all behind and head to new heights.
Sean Baker’s 2015 iPhone-shot masterpiece followed a transgender prostitute on her journey through Los Angeles as she avenges her boyfriend and pimp’s affair. The Florida Project director’s visceral LGBTQ+ story, representing sex workers, black women and non-binary people, is a vital reminder of the need for an more present intersectional feminism, as well as the power of representation in the arts.
A classic New York tale of friendship and finding yourself, Frances Ha is looking to follow her dreams, but after drifting apart from her best friend these seem unrealistic and far away. Going from an old, married non-sexual lesbian couple to somebody-that-they-used-to-know, they have to find themselves to find each other again. The perfect platonic love story.
9 to 5
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton: need we say more? Three feminist icons in their own ways, they star as female employees for a sexist, egotistical and backwards bigot, who they seek to turn tables on. It may have been the 80s, but it’s a universal story with the most empowering theme song around.
Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, a semi-autobiographical story follows Christine ‘Lady Bird’ MacPherson: a high school senior from the “wrong side of the tracks” who seeks to make her final year memorable, sadly though Sacramento is hardly a cosmopolitan dream. So Lady Bird takes her life into her own hand and with the help from her best friend Julie, the duo fight their way through small-town America and out the other side.
Pie-making extraordinaire and sarcastic small towner Jenna is stuck in an abusive marriage when she finds out she’s pregnant, and looks desperately for a way out. Secretly saving to enter a pie bake off with a $25,000 prize, Jenna’s mother-taught skill may just be her saviour, rather than any old middle-aged white man nearby.
Four lifelong besties head to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, even though they may be on different life paths since they first came together, all they need is a good old girls trip to bring them back into the sisterhood. True light-hearted comedy proving the power of the p*ssy.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
They may be blonde, but these two BFFs know how to draw up a grand scheme to take over a room. Whether it’s inventing a post-it or seducing a cowboy, if there’s Romy and Michele then there’s a party.
8 March 2019