Ever since it was announced that Andrea Arnold was stepping in as the director of Wuthering Heights, my excitement for this adaptation of Emily Bronte’s novel quadrupled. Like Jane Eyre, a new take on Wuthering Heights pops up every five years or so. Most are rather boring.
But when Arnold became attached to the project, which at one point has Natalie Portman starring as Cathy (blerg), I suddenly had faith that this new Wuthering Heights would be something daring, artistic, and not for everyone. The trailer indicates just that.
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Reviews of Wuthering Heights so far have been mixed. Much of the dialogue is absent and there is an emphasis on unconventional hand-held camera work. You see this in the trailer with the one spoken line and stark imagery, which is more than enough to interest me in the final product. I’m most curious about is if Kaya Scodelario (best known as Effy on Skins) stands out at all as Catherine.
Wuthering Heights won’t be released theatrically in the US until 2012. Will you see Wuthering Heights when it hits theaters?
I always found it painfully ironic that Alice Guy-Blaché directed the first narrative film, La Fée aux Choux, in 1896. She directed more than 100 films, was the first woman to own and run a film studio, but her impact on film history was largely forgotten until recently.
Guy-Blaché’s career is representative of something greater. Female directors typically have to work twice as hard as their male counterparts to get their films made. This has changed only slightly in the last 20 years, even as more and more female directors gain international recognition and even Academy Awards. Women are still most likely to be found working in the independent and avant-garde film circles, where there is a system – so to speak – established that makes it easier for female directors to get films made. Because female directors often work on the edge of the mainstream film industry, their films are sharper, feminist critiques on society than seen in most films.
Here is a list of female directors whose work I always seek out, along with one of their films I recommend.
I could keep going on and on with this list. Who is your favorite female director? Comment away!