Female Directed Films in 2018: January – March

This article was originally posted to Filminine by Vicky Wheeler.

Want to find some great films directed by females this year? Then look no further than this list of upcoming releases. Check back for regular updates amending release dates and future posts with upcoming films for the rest of the year. Is a film missing? Contact us to add it to the list!

All dates are estimated based on information found via IMDb.



Writer/Director: Quinn Shephard | Release date: 5 January 2018 (USA)

blame movie 2018

Quinn Shephard is one to watch with her debut film, and at 22 years old, she’s really showing the world that if you put your mind to something, you can sure as hell do it. Blame is a film exploring the challenges of life in high school as an outcast and the blurred boundary between teacher and student – and the horrors of jealousy and revenge. A taboo subject at the best of times, the teacher/student fantasy is played out a lot, so I’m intrigued to see how Shephard tackles this story.

Forever My Girl

Writer/Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf | Release date: 19 January 2018 (USA)

Forever My Girl 2018

Based on the novel by Heidi McLaughlin, the film focuses around the choices that you make and how they can affect the rest of your life. The film centres around a country music superstar who left his bride at the alter to pursue his dreams of fame and stardom, and he faces the consequences of all that he left behind. I feel like this is going to have a very ‘Notebook’ feel to it with a more country twist, and I’m interested to see what direction Bethany Ashton Wolf takes the story in.

What They Had

Writer/Director: Elizabeth Chomko | Release date: 21 January 2018 (USA)

What They Had 2018

Starring and executively produced by Hilary Swank, What They Had centres around a woman who returns home to her mother who suffers from Alzheimers and has wandered into a blizzard. Her return home forces her to confront her past. A sensitive and heart-wrenching disease that Elizabeth Chomko has taken on the challenge to direct and I just know that it’s going to be absolutely moving.


Director: Claire McCarthy | Release date: 22 January 2018 (USA)

Ophelia Movie 2018

Ophelia is an intriguing re-imagination of Hamlet from the perspective of Ophelia and the decisions she has to make in this Shakespearian tragedy.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Writer/Director: Desiree Akhavan | Release date: 22 January 2018 (USA)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Movie 2018

Based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, this coming of age film centres around  12-year-old girl exploring her sexuality in a very conservative household, who, after discovering her experimentation, send her to a ‘de-gaying’ camp.


The Female Brain

Writer/Director: Whitney Cummings | Release date: 9 February 2018 (USA)

The Female Brain 2018 Movie

This film is set to be a laugh out loud comedy by American Comedian Whitney Cummings, and is based on the book of the same name by Louann Brizendine. The story focuses on a scientist who studies the differences between the male and female brain and lets the findings dictate how she lives her life.

Lady Bird

Writer/Director: Greta Gerwig | 16 February 2018 (UK)

Lady Bird Greta Gerwig

I know, I know, this film has already technically been released, but the UK are way behind with the times and this is not released here until February so just another excuse to talk about this fantastic film, right? This coming of age film follows Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson, as 17-year-old artistically-inclined girl growing up in Sacramento, California.

Half Magic

Writer/Director: Heather Graham | Release date: 23 February 2018 (USA)

Half Magic 2018 Movie

I love the plot for this film: a group of girls come together to air their frustrations at the male-dominated world and remind each other that they must learn to love themselves before doing anything else. I sure hope the film captures this important message amongst the comedy.

Dark River

Writer/Director: Clio Barnard | Release date: 23 February 2018 (UK)

Dark River 2018 Movie

There’s almost a theme going on here for these films, with a lot of them having their protagonist returning to their hometown after some important life moment. Dark River takes a different road with the plot, as the main character returns after the death of her father to claim tenancy to the farm that she believes is rightfully hers. An intriguing and possibly hard-hitting plot that’s in some ways relatable by many in some shape or form.


You Were Never Really Here

Writer/Director: Lynne Ramsay | Release date: 9 March 2018 (UK)

You Were Never Really Here Cannes Winner 2017 2018 Movie

Oooooohh how I am excited for this film. Based on the novel by Jonathan Ames, this adaptation by Lynne Ramsay stars the incredible Joaquin Phoenix as a hired gun trying to rescue a young girl from a sex ring. Such a relevant story for today and one that did need to be explored, and from the trailer/promo images, it looks like it’s going to be incredible.

A Wrinkle in Time

Director: Ava DuVernay & Writer: Jennifer Lee | Release date: 23 March 2018 (UK)

A Wrinkle in Time 2018 Movie

There is no way you can’t have heard about this film, or seen the promotional images shared around social media. The plot focuses on three beings who send a young girl and her friends to space to try and find her scientist father who has gone missing. The diversity of this film really fills me with joy, with a stellar cast who will blur reality with sci-fi fantasy in a way that will thrill us.


Director: Kay Cannon | Release date: 30 March 2018 (UK)

Blockers Movie 2018

There’s no doubt that this is going to be a funny film, when the story centres on three parents trying to cock block their children on prom night. I can’t imagine anything worse as a young teen, or even as an adult hoping your child doesn’t give in to peer pressure, so I’m keen to see how they take this story and make it great.

Make sure to check back in March for the next few months of female-directed films to watch!

Have any other films to add to the list? Leave us a comment and let us know! We’d love to hear what films you are excited to see.

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