Happy New Year one and all!
After a brief period of film hibernation over the holidays, the Reclaim The Frame team are back and looking forward to what the cinema of 2024 has to offer.
From biopics, musicals, documentaries to the end of the world, we're excited to be back in front of the big screen for some cinematic gems - find out more about some of the films we’re looking forward to below.
Mean Girls written by Tina Fey and co-directed by Samantha Jayne
“I’ve still got pink on the mind after the brilliant Barbie, so I’m looking forward to Mean Girls. Written by Tina Fey and co-directed by Samantha Jayne, the film is one of those rare things - a studio feature directed by a woman (which accounted for only 12% of top 100 grossing films in 2023) - so not to be missed!!” - Tom (our Data and Research Manager)
Catch it in cinemas from 17 January
2. The End We Start From directed by Mahalia Belo
"A poetic film about hope & family survival”. Adapted from Manchester’s award-winning poet Megan Hunter's debut apocalyptic novel of the same name. I enjoyed the book and the subject of motherhood and climate change interests me. Jodie Comer is a massive plus" - Simone (Our Training and Content Manager)
Catch it in cinemas from 19 January
3. Your Fat Friend directed by Jeanie Finlay
"Our next #ReclaimTheFrame title is Jeanie Finlay’s intimate and sincere portrait of the life and work of writer-activist Aubrey Gordon, charting her rise from anonymous blogger Yrfatfriend to New York Times best selling author. An incredibly moving and thought provoking doc about fatness, the feelings we carry about our body and making deep personal changes" - Yasmin (Communications and Administrations Coordinator)
Catch it in cinemas from 9 February, with #ReclaimTheFrame preview TBA
4. Four Daughters directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
"Much like Dina Amer’s You Resemble Me (also available from Modern Films), Kaouther Ben Hania’s (The Man Who Sold His Skin) Four Daughters blends documentary and fiction, staged performance and real-life excerpts, in processing family grief and examining Muslim women’s radicalisation – a subject less explored than that of their male counterparts. Olfa Hamrouni lost two of her daughters to ISIS; now Olfa is joined by her two remaining daughters and two actors stepping in to fill in the ‘blank spaces’. There are questions of sisterhood, motherhood and femininity and power, within a specific cultural framework. Having failed to see Four Daughters in its entirety at the 2023 BFI London Film Festival, I am looking forward to a second chance to see it on the big screen" - Oli (Events Producer)
Catch it in cinemas from 22 March
5. Back To Black directed by Sam Taylor-Wood
"Described as an ‘unapologetic look at the woman behind the phenomenon’ I cannot wait to see how Taylor-Johnson and lead Marisa Abela capture the indefinable spirit of the late Amy Winehouse" - Jo (Communication & Campaign Lead)
Catch it in cinemas from 12 April.
6. Orlando, My Political Biography directed by Paul B Preciado
"A joyous reflection on Virginia Woolf’s novel from the perspective of writer Paul B Preciado and of 25 ‘Orlando’s’. I was proud to be part of the Teddy Jury awarding it the Best Documentary Award at Berlinale last year and can’t wait for this queering of the documentary form to reach cinemas this Spring." - Melanie (Director)
Release news coming soon
7. Love Lies Bleeding directed by Rose Glass
"Kristen Stewart in a queer romance-thriller with a ton of action and a pulsing soundtrack? I’m sold! I’m excited to watch this form of queer representation on the big screen, it’s nothing like I’ve personally seen before." - Charlie (Access & Inclusion Consultant)
In Cinemas this Spring.
8. The Outrun directed by Nora Fingscheidt
"It feels like too long since we’ve seen Saoirse Ronan in a meaty leading role! Premiering at Sundance, I’m looking forward to Nora Fingscheidt’s story of a young woman reckoning with her troubled past along the Scottish coast. Paapa Essiedu is another big plus!"
- Rōgan (Programme Producer)
Release news coming soon
We hope to see you in the cinema soon to #ReclaimTheFrame
We’re so excited to be part of the party bringing YOUR FAT FRIEND (directed by Jeanie Finlay) to cinemas from 9 February, watch this space for more details soon!
We’re also eager to see greater progress for gender equity in film in 2024, although recent reports (including our own), depict a less than ideal picture, you can read our 2023 year in review here.