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Women to Watch: September New Releases in Film

Women to Watch: September New Releases in Film


September film is STACKED.

This month is so loaded with new work from women writers and directors, in fact, that I've been forced to split September new releases into TWO posts: one for film and one for television.

That's Bad-Ass. And unprecedented for this list.

Much of this has to do with the Fall TV schedule - you'll see when the special Fall television edition goes up tomorrow. But this shouldn't discount the TEN films coming out this month that are the product of women filmmakers.

Is that enough? Not in my opinion. Is it an improvement over the somewhat desolate summer months? Hell yes.

So, where to begin?

What is the Women to Watch List?

Just in case this is your first time, get a refresher here. Then review the June, July, and August lists for everything you shouldn't have missed this summer.

Now, let's talk theatrical releases.

In the interest of sheer length, I've cut the September new releases into two sections. What you're reading here today is every film with a theatrical release (wide or limited) coming out this month.

My favorite part of this month's offerings is the scope of the projects. Often, I feel I'm putting a lot of indie films on the list (and that's FANTASTIC, they're the best), but never very many mainstream studio productions.

September new releases have BIG MOVIES with women behind them.

The shift is real: September new releases include productions with $35 million budgets (Bridget Jones's Baby), ESPN and Disney produced fare (Queen of Katwe), and Tim Burton working with screenwriter Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children).

Indie's are flourishing, too, with several festival winners seeing their theatrical debuts this month (and hopefully setting them up for Oscar success). I'm most excited for Andrea Arnold's American Honey, and Wild Oats with Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine on some kind of post-funereal road trip.

Let's not beat around the bush any longer. Here's what we're watching this month:

The Disclaimer: I researched each title myself and had no singular source list. While this list is hopefully expansive, it is not exhaustive. If I'm missing a project that you know has a female writer or director, drop me a line and I'll gladly add it to the list.

Women to Watch: September Film

In Theaters

Films set for a September 2016 theatrical* release

  • American Honey

    (comedy/drama) - Written and Directed by Andrea Arnold, in theaters September 30 (Parts and Labor/BFI/Film4/Maven Pictures/Protagonist Pictures/Pulse Films)

"A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits." [imdb]

  • White Girl

    (drama) - Written and Directed by Elizabeth Wood, in theaters September 2 (Bank Street Films/Supermarche/Killer Films/Greencard Pictures)

"Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back." [imdb]

  • Cameraperson

    (documentary) - Directed by Kirsten Johnson, in theaters September 9 (Big Mouth Productions/Fork Films)

"Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. A hybrid work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker's personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world." [Janus Films]

  • Bridget Jones's Baby

    (comedy) - Directed by Sharon Maguire, Screenplay by Emma Thompson, in theaters September 16 (Miramax/StudioCanal/Universal Pictures/Working Title Films)

"After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget Jones's (Renee Zellweger) "happily ever after" hasn't quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father." [Official Site]

  • Wild Oats

    (action/comedy/drama) - Co-written by Claudia Myers, in theaters September 16 (Wild Pictures/Defiant Pictures/Alliance Cinema/Aloe Entertainment/Mountaintop Productions)

"Everything changes for Eva (Shirley MacLaine) when she receives a life insurance check accidentally made out for $5,000,000 instead of the expected $50.000. She and her best friend (Jessica Lange) take the money and head out for the adventure of a lifetime." [imdb]

  • Miss Stevens

    (comedy/drama) - Written and Directed by Julia Hart, in theaters September 16 (Wild Pictures/Defiant Pictures/Alliance Cinema/Aloe Entertainment/Mountaintop Productions)

"Lily Rabe stars as a high-school English teacher who chaperones a group of students (one of whom clearly has a crush on her) to a drama competition, with Timothée Chalamet, Rob Huebel and Oscar Nuñez in supporting roles." [IndieWire]

  • Queen of Katwe

    (biography/drama) - Directed by Mira Nair, in theaters September 23 (ESPN Films/Walt Disney Pictures)

"A young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion." [imdb]

  • The Dressmaker

    (drama) - Directed/Co-written by Jocelyn Moorhouse, in theaters September 23 (Screen Australia/Ingenious Senior Film Fund/Film Art Media/Embankment Films/White Hot Productions)

"In this adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s best-selling novel, a glamorous dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her hometown in rural Australia to reconnect with her ailing mother (Judy Davis) and exact sweet revenge on the community that banished her as a child. As her plan unfolds, she finds love with a local man (Liam Hemsworth) and success transforming the town with her exquisite creations." [Official Site]

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    (fantasy/adventure) - Screenplay by Jane Goldman, in theaters September 30 (Bulletproof Cupid/Chernin Entertainment/Scope Pictures/St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission/Tim Burton Productions)

"From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is." [Fox Films]

  • Masterminds

    (comedy) - Co-written by Emily Spivey, in theaters September 30 (Broadway Video/Michaels-Goldwyn/Relativity Media)

"A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history." [imdb]

*Netflix original films are listed in the September Television post.

What are going to the theater to see this month?

Which September new releases are you willing to plop down your hard earned money for? (FYI - if you have a Regal Cinemas, Tuesdays are $5 movie night) See anything on the August list you're dying to talk about?

Leave it the comments and let's chat.

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P.S. Is there anything you'd like to see on this list that you don't already?

I try to include descriptions, sites, trailers, and production houses. What information is most helpful to you? More trailers in the post? What's in limited or wide release? The stars of each film? Tell me and help me make this list the best resource it can be.

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