Film4 Celebrates ‘PHENOMENAL’ Women with a Month of Female-led Movies

Beginning on Wednesday 7th February and continuing through to Thursday 8th March, Film4 channel presents PHENOMENAL, a month-long marathon of films that celebrates female talent both in front of and behind the camera.

The season – which takes its name from the poem ‘Phenomenal Woman’ by Maya Angelou – runs throughout February and into March, marking the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which first gave some women the right to vote. With over 100 films either featuring female actors in key roles or directed by a woman, the PHENOMENAL season begins with the network premiere of The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, and goes on to include premieres of The Diary of a Teenage Girl (starring Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig, and directed by Marielle Heller); Big Eyes (starring Amy Adams); Still Alice (starring Julianne Moore in her Oscar-winning role and Kristen Stewart); and The Voices (directed by Marjane Satrapi).

The season finishes on International Women’s Day (8th March) with an entire day of films that put female stars and filmmakers in the spotlight, with the first play on Film4 of Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette the 9pm centrepiece of an all-female directed final evening.

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Below is a list of ALL the movies showing on Film4, incase you don’t have the channel it’s a great list to save for when you can’t decide what to watch.

  • Alien Quadrilogy: Alien: Aliens; Alien 3; Alien Resurrection (Sigourney Weaver)

  • All That Heaven Allows (Jane Wyman)

  • The Best Man Holiday (Regina Hall; Sanaa Lathan; Nia Long)

  • Big Eyes (Amy Adams) – network premiere

  • Black Swan (Nataile Portman; Mila Kunis)

  • Carol (Cate Blanchett; Rooney Mara)

  • Charade (Audrey Hepburn)

  • Come Drink With Me(Pei-Pei Cheng)

  • Copycat (Sigourney Weaver; Holly Hunter)

  • The Craft (Fairuza Balk; main cast ensemble)

  • Cutthroat Island (Geena Davis)

  • Damsels in Distress (Greta Gerwig)

  • Dancing at Lughnasa (Meryl Streep; Kathy Burke; Catherine McCormack; Sophie Thompson)

  • Double Jeopardy (Ashley Judd)

  • The Duke of Burgundy (Sidse Babett Knudsen; Chiara D’Anna)

  • Easy A (Emma Stone)

  • Ex Machina (Alicia Vikander)

  • The Family Stone (Rachel McAdams; Diane Keaton)

  • Fast & Furious 6 (Gal Gadot; Michelle Rodriguez)

  • Fast Girls (Lily James; main cast ensemble)

  • The Fly (Geena Davis)

  • Fruitvale Station (Octavia Spencer)

  • Gilda (Rita Hayworth)

  • Gloria (Paulina Garcia)

  • Happy Go Lucky (Sally Hawkins)

  • How I Live Now (Saoirse Ronan)

  • The Hunger Games (Jennifer Lawrence)

  • In a Lonely Place (Gloria Grahame)

  • Indiscreet (Ingrid Bergman)

  • The Jewel of the Nile (Kathleen Turner)

  • The Lady from Shanghai (Rita Hayworth)

  • The Land Girls (Rachel Weisz; Catherine McCormack; Anna Friel)

  • Last Holiday (Queen Latifah)

  • Lifeboat (Tallulah Bankhead)

  • Lucy (Scarlett Johansson)

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (Doris Day)

  • Mary, Queen of Scots (Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson)

  • Morning Glory (Rachel McAdams; Diane Keaton)

  • Nina Forever (Abigail Hardingham; Fiona O’Shaughnessy)

  • Ninja III: The Domination (Lucinda Dickey)

  • The Other Boleyn Girl (Scarlett Johansson; Natalie Portman)

  • The Other Woman (Cameron Diaz, Nicki Minaj; Leslie Mann)

  • Pitch Perfect (Anna Kendrick; Rebel Wilson; main cast ensemble)

  • Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightley; Rosamund Pike; Carey Mulligan)

  • Prometheus (Noomi Rapace; Charlize Theron)

  • Rear Window (Grace Kelly)

  • The River Wild (Meryl Streep)

  • Robin and Marian (Audrey Hepburn)

  • Room (Brie Larson)

  • Salt (Angelina Jolie)

  • Secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

  • Secrets & Lies (Marianne Jean Baptiste; Brenda Blethyn)

  • Silver Linings Playbook (Jennifer Lawrence)

  • Snow White and the Huntsman (Kristen Stewart; Charlize Theron)

  • Still Alice (Julianne Moore)

  • Thoroughly Modern Millie (Julie Andrews; Carol Channing)

  • Titanic (Kate Winslet)

  • 12 Years a Slave (Lupita Nyong’o; Alfre Woodard)

  • Vertigo (Kim Novak)

  • Vivre sa vie (Anna Karina)


  • Destry Rides Again (Marlene Dietrich)

  • The Furies (Barbara Stanwyck)

  • The Misfits (Marilyn Monroe)

  • The Quiet Man (Maureen O’Hara)

  • Shane (Jean Arthur)


  • American Mary (Katharine Isabelle. Directed by The Soska Sisters)

  • The Babadook (Essie Davis. Directed by Jennifer Kent)

  • Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Directed by Amma Asante)

  • Black Rock (Lake Bell, Katie Aselton, Kate Bosworth. Directed by Katie Aselton)

  • The Bling Ring (Taissa Farmiga; main cast ensemble. Directed by Sofia Coppola)

  • Bound (Gina Gershon; Jennifer Tilly. Directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski)

  • Cameraperson (Directed by Kirsten Johnson)

  • Charlotte Gray (Cate Blanchett; Directed by Gillian Armstrong)

    See Also

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Bel Powley; Kristen Wiig. Directed by Marielle Heller)

  • Dreams of a Life (Zawe Ashton. Directed by Carol Morley)

  • The Dressmaker (Kate Winslet; Judy Davis. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse)

  • Enough Said (Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Directed by Nicole Holofcener)

  • The Future (Directed by and starring Miranda July)

  • Girlhood (Directed by Celine Sciamma)

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour)

  • The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd)

  • The Jane Austen Book Club (Directed by Robin Swicord)

  • A League of Their Own (Geena Davis; Madonna; main cast ensemble. Directed by Penny Marshall)

  • Little Man Tate (Directed by Jodie Foster)

  • Monsoon Wedding (Directed by Mira Nair)

  • No Home Movie (Directed by Chantal Akerman)

  • One Day (Anne Hathaway; Directed by Lone Scherfig)

  • Prevenge (Directed by Alice Lowe)

  • The Principles of Lust (Directed by Penny Woolcock)

  • The Second Mother (Directed by Anna Muylaert)

  • The Secret Life of Bees (Sophie Okenedo; Jennifer Hudson; Queen Latifah; Alicia Keys. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)

  • The Selfish Giant (Directed by Clio Barnard)

  • Stories We Tell (Directed by Sarah Polley)

  • Suffragette (Carey Mulligan; Anne Marie Duff. Directed by Sarah Gavron, written by Abi Morgan)

  • Unbroken (Directed by Angelina Jolie)

  • The Voices (Directed by Marjane Satrapi)

  • Wadjda (Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour)

  • Wuthering Heights (Kaya Scodelario. Directed by Andrea Arnold)

  • Zero Dark Thirty (Jessica Chastain. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow)

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There are some obvious movies missing, so we’ve added in a few ‘must sees’ of our own

  • Hidden Figures

  • Girl Interrupted

  • The Heathers

  • Mean Girls

  • Beaches

  • Romy and Michelles High School Reunion

  • Breakfast at Tiffinys

  • The Devil Wears Prada

  • Natural Born Killers

  • Wonder Woman

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