Women in film was a hot topic in 2015, both behind and in front of the camera, and there’s no doubt that gender disparity remains a huge problem for the industry. This year has, however, seen a number of filmmakers create strong, memorable and diverse female characters, and I wrote the following piece in celebration of the best of them for the British Independent Film Awards ceremony brochure.
While the title may bring to mind flippant adolescent attachments, Miss You Already is, in fact, an astute study of adult female friendships, as seen through the intense prism of terminal illness. Transplanted American Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Londoner Milly (Toni Collette) have been friends since childhood, standing firm in the face of teenage traumas, university excess, marriages and kids until Milly is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.
Take the hint…
Unashamedly a chick flick, this adaptation of the best-selling book He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo won’t shake the foundations of the romantic comedy but – thanks largely to a truly impressive ensemble cast – it’s certainly head and shoulders above most of its contemporaries.