Women to Watch: June Television and Film
In need of a visual refresh to start your summer right?
New movies? Fresh June television? Just a little something... different?
Don't worry - I've got you covered.
If you didn't catch the premiere of this monthly series in May, I'm DONE ignoring the lack of women voices in film and television.
Join me every month as I compile a list of every theatrical release and television premiere that's written, directed, or created by women.
Hopefully it's convenient enough to give you one less excuse to not be seeing what women are making - and get thee to a movie theater (Or the comfort of your own cozy couch)!
This month is quite thin on the women in film front. But the June television schedule is full of lady-created work to wrap your brain around. Enjoy!
The Disclaimer: I researched each title myself and had no initial source list, so this is hopefully expansive, though not exhaustive. If I'm missing a project that you know has a female writer or director (or creator/heavily female writer's room in the case of a tv show), drop me a line and I'll gladly add it to the list.
Women to Watch:
June Television + Film
Films set for a June 2016 release
Me Before You
(drama) - Directed by Thea Sharrock, Screenplay by Jojo Moyes, in theaters June 3 (MGM/New Line Cinema)
"A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man she's taking care of." [imdb]
(drama) - Directed by Anna Rose Holmer, Screenplay by Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer, and Lisa Kjerulff, in theaters June 3 (Yes, Ma'am/Oscilloscope)
"A psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni—a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is twisted." [TheFitsFilm.com]
Diary of a Chambermaid
(drama) - Co-written by Helene Zimmer, in theaters June 10 (Cohen Media Group)
"A scheming servant works for a wealthy couple in France during the late 19th century." [imdb]
Shows premiering or airing new episodes in June 2016
(comedy) - series co-created by Pam Brady, based on the comedy and life of Maria Bamford, now playing on Netflix
"Comedian Maria Bamford stars in a series inspired by her own life. It's the sometimes surreal story of a woman who loses -- and then finds -- her s**t." [Netflix]
(drama) - series created by Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price, premieres June 13 on Freeform
"When Natalie’s sister Grace becomes the prime suspect in her roommate Molly’s murder and a popular target for the press and in social media, Natalie leaves her life in Boston and heads to London to defend her. With the help of an ethically questionable ex-pat lawyer Stan Gutterie, Natalie starts to question how innocent her sister may really be as more ugly truths start to emerge." [DisneyABCPress]
(drama) - series co-created by Corinne Brinkerhoff, premieres June 22 on CBS
"... centers on a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart." [CBS]
(drama) - series created by Marnie Dickens, premieres June 23 on BBC America
"... follows Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer, Doctor Foster) on the day she escapes from the cellar that has been her prison for the last 13 years." [BBCAmerica]
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
(comedy/talk show) - co-created and hosted by Nikki Glaser, new episodes premiere June 7 on Comedy Central
"... a free-form venue where comic and curious perv Nikki investigates the issues the rest of us are too timid to ask about through a mix of panel discussions, field pieces and social experiments." [ComedyCentral]
Angie Tribeca: Season 2
(comedy/mystery) - co-created by Nancy Carell, premieres June 6 on TBS
"Lone-wolf detective Angie Tribeca and a squad of committed LAPD detectives investigate the most serious cases, from the murder of a ventriloquist to a rash of baker suicides." [TBS]
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 7
(drama/crime) - created by Janet Tamaro, new episodes every Monday on TNT
"... follows Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston's most notorious criminals." [TNTDrama]
UnReal: Season 2
(drama) - created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, new episodes every Monday on Lifetime
"... a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program, Everlasting. Having already tackled relevant matters of gender politics, the series, starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer as producers Rachel Goldberg and Quinn King, will stir up the drama in season two when Everlasting casts its first-ever African American suitor." [MyLifetime]
Orange is the New Black: Season 4
(comedy/drama) - created by Jenji Kohan, premieres June 17 on Netflix
"A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women's prison when a past crime catches up with her." [Netflix]
Odd Mom Out: Season 2
(comedy) - created and written by Jill Kargman, premieres June 20 on Bravo
"A New Yorker through and through, Jill Weber (Kargman) embraces her quirky and somewhat unconventional life with her loving husband, Andy Weber (Andy Buckley, The Office), three great kids, and a best friend who shares the same love for donuts and snarky retorts, Vanessa Wrigley (KK Glick, College Humor). However, the posh and decadent world of Andy's classically blue-blooded family slowly takes over as Jill valiantly tries to resist all the delicious temptations and perks their wealth can afford." [BravoTV]
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7
(drama/mystery) - created by I. Marlene King, premieres June 21 on Freeform
"No longer just wanting to sit and wait for "A's" latest cruel attack, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer take matters into their own hands and try to finally put a stop to their tormentor." [Freeform]
Ray Donovan: Season 4
(drama/crime) - created by Ann Biderman, premieres June 26 on Showtime
"Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players. The one-hour series stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, played by Oscar® winner Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core." [Sho]
Beauty and the Beast: Season 4
(drama/horror) - co-created by Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin, new episodes every Thursday on The CW*
"Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. Cat must also try to navigate her evolving relationship with handsome doctor Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), who struggles with becoming a terrifying beast when he is enraged, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses." [imdb]
*Beauty and the Beast was cancelled - this will be its final season.
Inside Amy Schumer: Season 4
(comedy) - co-created by Amy Schumer, Written by Jessi Klein and Amy Schemer, new episodes every Thursday on Comedy Central
"Straight from Amy Schumer's provocative and hilariously wicked mind, Inside Amy Schumer explores sex, relationships and the general clusterf**k that is life with sketches, stand-up comedy and woman-on-the-street interviews." [ComedyCentral]
What are you planning to watch this month?
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