Wednesday, 13 December 2017

8 FEMALE CINEMATOGRAPHERS EVERY FILM FAN SHOULD KNOW



As debates around diversity in the film industry show no sign of abating, one field of work remains dispiritingly male-dominated: cinematography. The Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film found, in their Celluloid Closet Report, that only 5% of the top 250 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office in 2016 were shot by women. Additionally, aside from the male acting categories, Best Cinematography is the only Academy Award category never to have featured a single female nominee out of a total 603 mentions to date. It's high time that changed. Here are eight female Directors of Photography whose names ought to be on the lips of every self-respecting, forward-looking film fans. And check out our video above, featuring some of their finest work!



Emmy-nominated French DP Maryse Alberti is a regular on the documentary filmmaking front, as many women cinematographers are, though she has attracted acclaim for her non-documentary work too. She's worked with directors such as Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, and Darren Aronofsky, winning Spirit Awards for both Velvet Goldmine and The Wrestler (above), and garnering Oscar buzz for her work on 2015's Creed.


Argentinian Natasha Braier worked mainly in Hispanic cinema with celebrated auteurs like Claudia Llosa and Jose Luis Guerin until her international breakthrough in 2014's The Rover. Since then, she's made a name for herself globally with her multi-award nominated cinematography for Nicolas Winding Refn's Palme d'Or contender The Neon Demon last year.


The French continue to lead the way for female-focused film! Caroline Champetier has over 100 screen credits to her name, and has worked with Chantal Akerman, Straub/Huillet, Jean-Luc Godard, Margarethe von Trotta, Jacques Rivette, Arnaud Desplechin, Leos Carax, and many more renowned directors. She's a Cesar-winner for her work on Of Gods and Men, and a Camerimage Silver Frog winner for Holy Motors.


Few DPs of any genre can boast the reputation held by Agnes Godard. A frequent collaborator of Claire Denis, Godard has cultivated a distinctive style of cinematography over the last three decades since her debut working with Agnes Varda on Jacquot de Nantes. Her credits include modern classics like Nenette and Boni, Beau Travail (above), and 35 Shots of Rum.


Ellen Kuras is not only one of the world's premier female cinematographers, she's also an Oscar-nominated documentarian. Most know her, however, for her highly-recognisable work for filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Jonathan Demme, and Michel Gondry on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (above). In addition, Kuras is a three-time Cinematography Award-winner from the Sundance Film Festival.


The prodigious Helene Louvart has worked on over 100 projects in the last 30 years as a cinematographer. During this time, she has developed an excellent artistic reputation working frequently with female director: Dominique Cabrera, Claire Denis, Agnes Varda, Mati Diop, Eliza Hittman and Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders, above) to name but a small few.


Babette Mangolte has only performed DP duties on 16 feature films since her debut in 1972, but has had a remarkable impact on cinematography over those 16 features. Her work on Chantal Akerman titles Jeanne Dielman and News from Home (above) and on Sally Potter's debut The Gold Diggers has acquired near-legendary status in the film industry, and she's justly regarded as an icon by her peers.


Few know of Catalan cinematographer Neus Olle, despite her immense talent. Her work on Albert Serra's Birdsong (above) alongside Jimmy Gimferrer earned them both a Gaudi Award, though Olle mostly works now as a camera operator. She's a sensational artist with an enormous amount to contribute to cinema as her career hopefully takes off over the coming years.

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Monday, 27 February 2017

LA LA LAND WINS OSCAR BEST PICTURE, UNTIL IT DOESN'T...


Um, so. Who gives a shit? There's a picture of Emma Stone, whose envelope made a double appearance and sent one of the biggest shockwaves through the Oscars...  ever? Your Best Picture winner is Moonlight, in one of the most extraordinary turns of events the Oscars has ever staged, and, um, it could never have been expected, and then it literally didn't even happen, and then... Emma's envelope. Your Oscar nominations are here, and your Oscar winners are below, and someone in the Academy is getting #fired.

Best Picture
Moonlight (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Adele Romanski)

Best Directing
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis (Fences)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Best Writing - Original Screenplay
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay
Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)

Best Cinematography
Linus Sandgren (La La Land)

Best Film Editing
John Gilbert (Hacksaw Ridge)

Best Production Design
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco and David Wasco (La La Land)

Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

Best Sound Mixing
Peter Grace, Robert MacKenzie, Kevin O'Connell and Andy Wright (Hacksaw Ridge)

Best Sound Editing
Sylvain Bellemare (Arrival)

Best Visual Effects
Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon and Adam Valdez (The Jungle Book)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson (Suicide Squad)

Best Music (Original Score)
Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)

Best Music (Original Song)
Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul - 'City Of Stars' (La La Land)

Best Animated Feature Film
Zootopia (Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer)

Best Documentary Feature
O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow)

Best Foreign Language Film
The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) - Iran

Best Short Film (Live Action)
Sing (Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardi)

Best Short Film (Animated)
Piper (Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer)

Best Documentary Short
The White Helmets (Joanna Natasegara and Orlando von Einsiedel)

REVIEW OF 2016 - BEST FILM

1. MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (Claude Barras)

2. RAW (Julia Ducournau)

3. TONI ERDMANN (Maren Ade)

4. THE WOMAN WHO LEFT (Charo Santos-Concio)

5. HEART OF A DOG (Laurie Anderson)

6. THE EXQUISITE CORPUS (Peter Tscherkassky)

7. THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (Albert Serra)

8. YOUR NAME. (Shinkai Makoto)

9. SILENCE (Martin Scorsese)

10. FIELD NIGGAS (Khalik Allah)

11. ELLE (Paul Verhoeven)

12. ALL THE CITIES OF THE NORTH (Dane Komljen)

13. THE LOVE WITCH (Anna Biller)

14. MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins)

15. ARRIVAL (Denis Villeneuve)

16. THE ORNITHOLOGIST (Joao Pedro Rodrigues)

17. 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS (Marc Silver)

 
18. NO HOME MOVIE (Chantal Akerman)

19. JAMES WHITE (Josh Mond)

20. O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (Ezra Edelman)

21. THE LITTLE PRINCE (Mark Osborne)

22. THE RED TURTLE (Michael Dudok de Wit)

23. THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER (Brady Corbet)

24. THE FITS (Anna Rose Holmer)

25. GRADUATION (Cristian Mungiu)

26. PARIS 05:59 (Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau)

27. NOCTURAMA (Bertrand Bonello)

28. KEKSZAKALLU (Gaston Solnicki)

29. UNDER THE SHADOW (Babak Anvari)

30. INNER WORKINGS (Leonardo Matsuda)

REVIEW OF 2016 - WORST FILM

1. LONDON HAS FALLEN (Babak Najafi)
2. NINA (Cynthia Nixon)
3. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (Burr Steers)
4. AAAAAAAAH! (Steve Oram)
5. INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (Roland Emmerich)
6. HURRICANE BIANCA (Matt Kugelman)
7. ALLEGIANT (Robert Schwentke)
8. APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN (Mark Elijah Rosenberg)
9. JEAN OF THE JONESES (Stella Meghie)
10. INTO THE FOREST (Patricia Rozema)

REVIEW OF 2016 - BEST DIRECTION

1. Claude Barras (MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE)
2. Maren Ade (TONI ERDMANN)
3. Lav Diaz (THE WOMAN WHO LEFT)
4. Julia Ducournau (RAW)
5. Dane Komljen (ALL THE CITIES OF THE NORTH)
6. Peter Tscherkassky (THE EXQUISITE CORPUS)
7. Martin Scorsese (SILENCE)
8. Albert Serra (THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV)
9. Anna Biller (THE LOVE WITCH)
10. Bertrand Bonello (NOCTURAMA)

REVIEW OF 2016 - BEST PERFORMANCE

1. John Lloyd Cruz (THE WOMAN WHO LEFT)

2. Sandra Huller (TONI ERDMANN)

3. Angeli Bayani (NED'S PROJECT)

4. Peter Simonischek (TONI ERDMANN)

5. Lee Hyo Je (THE THRONE)

6. Amy Adams (ARRIVAL)

7. Annette Bening (20TH CENTURY WOMEN)

 
8. Rooney Mara (UNA)

9. Matthias Schoenaerts (DISORDER)

10. Michael Shannon (NOCTURNAL ANIMALS)

11. Isabelle Huppert (VALLEY OF LOVE)

12. Kiki Kirin (AFTER THE STORM)

13. Liron Ben-Shlush (NEXT TO HER)

14. Zhao Tao (MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART)

15. Rebecca Hall (CHRISTINE)

16. Tsukamoto Shin'ya (SILENCE)

 
17. Charo Santos-Concios (THE WOMAN WHO LEFT)

18. Lily Gladstone (CERTAIN WOMEN)

19. Guillermo Francella (THE CLAN)

20. Jean-Pierre Leaud (THE WOMAN WHO LEFT)

21. Isabelle Huppert (THINGS TO COME)

22. Ogata Issei (SILENCE)

23. Mahershala Ali (MOONLIGHT)

24. Isabelle Huppert (ELLE)

25. Jeon Hye Jin (THE THRONE)

26. Kim Hwan Hee (THE WAILING)

27. Asano Tadanobu (SILENCE)

28. Christopher Matthew Cook (DOG EAT DOG)

29. Gabriel Epstein (TAEKWONDO)

30. Ben Mendelsohn (UNA)