Philippa asked Twitter for some feminist film recommendations, and has storified the responses

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It started as a tweet. @SparkleWildfire asked for recommendations of feminist films, and I saw the tweet and retweeted it from The F-Word’s Twitter account. Suggestions aplenty were put forward, and I collated some of the responses in a Storify document. Part of it is below, and you can click through to see more.

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Feminist Film Recommendations

When I saw @SparkleWildfire asking for recommendations of feminist films, I retweeted the request from @thefworduk account and asked our followers what they thought. Here is a selection of the discussion that followed.

Storified by Philippa Willitts· Sun, Mar 31 2013 10:09:08

So @sparklewildfire asked for feminist film suggestions. I’m going to RT some of the replies – do suggest your own too!The F-Word
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire it’s problematic that they had to die, but Thelma And Louise was the first film to fire up my feminism.Thomasin
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Legally Blondematt blissett
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Itty Bitty Titty Committee! Who Took the Bomp? (LeTigre Doc) Norma Rae !! Mutantes !! Free To Be You and Me!!ConstantFeminist
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire ‘4 Weeks, 3 Months, 2 Days’ for brutal truth on young women in Eastern Europe.D O
@thefworduk @wordgeeksarah I’m sort of thinking Lady Vengeance as well, but still defined by her looks.H Jo
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire ‘The Life Of Oharu’ – Mizoguchi’s slow-burning masterpiece.D O
So @sparklewildfire asked for feminist film suggestions. I’m going to RT some of the replies – do suggest your own too!The F-Word
So @sparklewildfire asked for feminist film suggestions. I’m going to RT some of the replies – do suggest your own too!The F-Word
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire THELMA & LOUISESophie Hatter
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire THELMA & LOUISESophie Hatter
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Hard Candy. Kicks ass good and proper.Julie Adams
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Agnes Varda’s ‘Cleo from 5 to 7’ is amazing, ‘Potiche’ not bad at all. ‘Three Colours Blue’ for definite.D O
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Agnes Varda’s ‘Cleo from 5 to 7’ is amazing, ‘Potiche’ not bad at all. ‘Three Colours Blue’ for definite.D O
Definitely. RT @MusingJules: @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Hard Candy. Kicks ass good and proper.The F-Word
I’m about to RT some more feminist film suggestions for @sparklewildfire. I’d add Vera Drake to the list.The F-Word
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Hard Candy for a solid revenge story.fastest cat alive
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Hard Candy for a solid revenge story.fastest cat alive
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Moolade is meant to be amazing (not seen it yet though). Iranian ‘A Separation’ is an instant classic.D O
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Moolade is meant to be amazing (not seen it yet though). Iranian ‘A Separation’ is an instant classic.D O
Also "Teeth". @sparklewildfireThe F-Word
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire I’ve had people argue with me on this, but Dirty Dancing. The girl get the guy for her politics, not her looks.Sophia
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire I’ve had people argue with me on this, but Dirty Dancing. The girl get the guy for her politics, not her looks.Sophia
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire I’ve had people argue with me on this, but Dirty Dancing. The girl get the guy for her politics, not her looks.Sophia
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire The New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking was a source of feminist inspiration for me. youtube.com/watch?v=uNIsjZ…Thomasin
@thefworduk @MusingJules @SparkleWildfire MEAN GIRLS ofc!D O
@ayiasophia @thefworduk @sparklewildfire Nobody puts Baby in the cornerAnne Tansley Thomas
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire 9 to 5!Hannah Rudman
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Aliens, she overcomes the antagonist by following her intuitionmatt blissett
“@oquays: @thefworduk @MusingJules @SparkleWildfire MEAN GIRLS ofc!” This. Also, Heathers.Thomasin
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire loads of Bergman’s films have super interesting female protagonistsD O
@wordgeeksarah @thefworduk @MusingJules @SparkleWildfire omg yes Heathers!D O
@ayiasophia @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Also, nobody puts her in the corner.Phil
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire The WomanZak
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire "Down with Love", definitely.Kirstin
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Fassbinder’s confined drama ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant’ is also a masterpiece & has A LOT to say.D O
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Fassbinder’s confined drama ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant’ is also a masterpiece & has A LOT to say.D O
@SparkleWildfire @thefworduk Hard to think of another film with the same plot. GUYS get the GIRLS for bravery & principles, but vice versa?Sophia
@ayiasophia @thefworduk @sparklewildfire love this!Alice
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire and how could I forget, BRIDESMAIDS!D O
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Also, Mamma Mia. Only film where the ‘happy ever after’ is a girl deciding NOT to get married yet.Sophia
There’s a documentary film about a girls’ rock music summer camp. Can’t remember what it’s called. @sparklewildfireThe F-Word
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Ozu’s ‘Late Spring’ (considered his best film I think) is incredible. Absolutely incredible.D O
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Ozu’s ‘Late Spring’ (considered his best film I think) is incredible. Absolutely incredible.D O
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire the itty bitty titty committeeLady $talingrad
@thefworduk Alien, for sure. Ellen Ripley is my role model when I’m ditching a rubbish bf. @SparkleWildfirechiller
@thefworduk Alien, for sure. Ellen Ripley is my role model when I’m ditching a rubbish bf. @SparkleWildfirechiller
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Alien? At least if not feminist it throws into the arena gender confusion & anxieties re feminism & female bodyKelly Watson
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire I was always fond of Juno, lots of really good moments, even if its not a perfect film!Niamh Keoghan
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire eh, steel magnolias? Volver? Pride & Prejudice (bbc version), jings it’s hard to think now…Keltik ಠ_ಠ
@thefworduk @musingjules @sparklewildfire yesKeltik ಠ_ಠ
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Mona Lisa smile, SecretaryGeorgie Williams
@stellawonkey @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire lots of womb/procreation metaphors too.matt blissett
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire Itty Bitty Titty Committee! Who Took the Bomp? (LeTigre Doc) Norma Rae !! Mutantes !! Free To Be You and Me!!ConstantFeminist
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Female Trouble, every time.Charlie Sarson
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Female Trouble, every time.Charlie Sarson
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Made In Dagenham, if you get your heads around the London accentsGreg Jenner
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire …and, how could I forget, The Color Purple.Julie Adams
@mattblissett @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire oh loads. Along with phallic/ penetration disavowal etcKelly Watson
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire are you going to storify these for ease of use?! #demanding I haven’t watched half of these!Week Woman
@Keofunkel @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire The dialogue in Juno is great! Saw it in Brazil so was refreshing to hear fizzy English speechRose-Anna Bleasdale
@stellawonkey @thefworduk @SparkleWildfire its got very rich and consistent imagery to it.matt blissett
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire hooray! I wonder if heathers shld be on there? Haven’t watched it for ages so cld be it’s just v cool :pWeek Woman
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire ‘Bound’ – Unlike Thelma and Louise (which I also love) they don’t have to die in the end!Gendered Su

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@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Legally Blonde? Because she succeeds despite preconceptions and uses all her talents. And the friendships.Juliet Swann
@thefworduk @SparkleWildfire ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ real life story of Tina Turner’s courage and survival from domestic abuseJennifer de Santos
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire this is all going straight on my lovefilm list, thanks guys! :-) #feminismEmma Kosmin
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, though one needs to go in being aware of the stylistic intent.Paige Kimble
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire And I’m rather partial to Born in Flames.Paige Kimble
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire but I’m a cheerleaderJoe Wells
Also "Teeth". @sparklewildfireThe F-Word
@thefworduk @sparklewildfire Itty Bitty Titty Committee :)emma beckett

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