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HanWay Select Celebrates International Women's Day


To celebrate International Women's Day (8th March), we have selected 10 influential and inspiring female directors from the HanWay Select catalogue.”

To discuss licensing and programming opportunities in your territory, please contact Mark Lane, Director of Sales, HanWay Select and Kate Hide, Business & Content Manager, HanWay Select. Mark and Kate will be attending MIPTV, 9-12 April and will be available to meet you at the HanWay Stand P-1. B88.

Lone Scherfig - HanWay Collection
A Danish film director and screenwriter whose critically acclaimed film An Education (2009) won the Audience Award at Sundance 2009 and was nominated for three Academy Awards® and eight BAFTAS. For her leading role in the film, Carey Mulligan was nominated for Academy Award® and won a BAFTA in 2010. Scherfig has since directed another three English-language films, One Day (2011), The Riot Club (2014) and Their Finest (2016), the later of which premiered at Toronto Film Festival 2016 and screened at the London Film Festival and Sundance.

Gurinder Chadha - HanWay Collection
Gurinder Chadha, born in Kenya and growing up in London, began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio; directed several award-winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. She is well known for writing and directing It's a Wonderful Afterlife, starring 2018 Academy Award® nominee Sally Hawkins, and amongst other films, Bend it Like Beckham that launched the career of Keira Knightley.

Sam Taylor-Johnson - HanWay Collection
Sam Taylor-Johnson is an English filmmaker and photographer. Her directorial feature film debut came in 2009 with Nowhere Boy, a film based on the childhood experiences of the Beatles songwriter and singer John Lennon. She is one of a group of artists known as the Young British Artists. She is recently known for directing Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) and the 2017 TV series, Gypsy.

Jane Pollard - HanWay Select
Jane Pollard is a British director and producer known for the BAFTA nominated documentary, 20,000 Days on Earth (2014), The Death of Bunny Munro and Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories (2016). Her first feature documentary film, 20,000 Days on Earth, featuring Nick Cave, premiered at Sundance 2014, winning her and long-time collaborator Iain Forsyth, the Sundance Directing and Grand Jury Award.

Lisa Immordino Vreeland - HanWay Select
Lisa is an author and filmmaker, born in Milan. She created the quintessential documentary for fashion fans, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, which opened a door into the world of her husband's late grandmother, famed BAZAAR editor Diana Vreeland. She then did the same for art obsessives with Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict. The film tells the fascinating story of the eccentric art patron's life.

Klaartje Quirijns - HanWay Select
Klaartje Quirijns is a Dutch film and television director and producer. Internationally, Quirijns got recognition for her documentaries The Brooklyn Connection (2005), The Dictator Hunter (2007), with Souleymane Guengueng and Peace vs. Justice (2011), a documentary about the Lord's Resistance Army and Anton Corbijn: Inside Out (2012). While pursuing independent documentary projects, Quirijns continues to work as a correspondent for Dutch national radio and television.

Sally Potter - The Sally Potter Collection
Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged 14. She has since written and directed seven feature films. She is known for innovative form and risk-taking subject matter and has worked with many of the most notable cinema actors of our time. Her films have won over forty international awards and received both Academy Award® and BAFTA nominations. Orlando (1992), her bold adaptation of Virginia Woolf's classic novel, first brought her work to a wider audience. It was followed by The Tango Lesson (1996), Yes (2004), Rage (2009) and Ginger and Rosa (2012). Her other works include The Gold Diggers (1983), an avant-garde exploration of a woman's life.

Fanta Regina Nacro - BFI Collection
Fanta Regina Nacro is a film director from Burkina Faso known for directing the films La Nuit de la Verité (Night of Truth) (2004) and Un Certain Matin (Some Morning) (1991), both of which attracted international attention. Nacro is also known for being the first woman from Burkina Faso to direct a feature film and is a founding member of the Guilde Africaine des Realisateurs et Producteurs (The African Guild of Directors and Producers).

Carine Adler - BFI Collection
For its daring examination of grief, its intimacy with a young woman tossed between her love and resentment for her deceased mother and living sister, and the energetic intensity of its direction, Adler’s Under the Skin received the Michael Powell Award for Best British feature film at the 1997 Edinburgh International Film Festival and launched the career of Samantha Morton.

Jane Campion - New Zealand Film Collection
Born in New Zealand, she began filmmaking in the early 1980s. Her first short film, Peel (1982) - part of the Jane Campion Shorts - won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. An Angel At My Table (1990), a dramatisation based on the autobiographies of Janet Frame won seven prizes, including the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1990 and prizes at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals. The Piano (1993) won her the Palme D'Or at Cannes, making her the first woman ever to win the prestigious award. She also won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay in 1993, while also being nominated for Best Director.