Welcome to READ ME, a platform for female-led writing on film commissioned by Girls on Tops — Louisa Maycock is the Commissioning Editor.
Emma Fraser looks back on the history of breaking the fourth wall to pinpoint how Phoebe Waller-Bridge got it so right with Fleabag.
Jona Xhepa spotlights the singular legacy of Xhanfize Keko, Albania’s sole female filmmaker.
Savina Petkova dissects the power of human desire through the bodies that experience it, in Andrea Arnold’s last two films.
Caitlin Quinlan dives into the magic of Italian fantasy-maker Alice Rohrwacher’s filmography.
Annie Lord comes to terms with her overprotected teenage years through the anarchic upbringing of two young girls in Hideous Kinky.
Priya Minhas reflects on reciprocal healing and immigrant mothers, her own and those on our screens, via Meditation Park.
Zoe Crombie analyses the characters beyond Hollywood that finally helped her see herself.
Hannah Woodhead shines a light on working-class fatherhood, masculinity and abuse in her own hometown memories and Minding the Gap.
Katie Da Cunha Lewin explores the forgotten legacy of the female director who changed Hollywood.
What Binds Us: The Double Vision and Competing Desires of Bound — by Catherine O’Sullivan
“You Order For Me”: In the Mood for Love and Chinese Attitudes Towards Food — Ava Wong Davies
Moon-Festooned Memories: The Footloose Brilliance Of The Overnight Film Festival — By Nicole Davis
A Weird Girl’s Weird Girl: An Ode to Aubrey Plaza — By Brianna Zigler
Butterflies in the Bedroom: Space, Place and Poetry in Jane Campion’s Bright Star — By Laura Venning
What Would They Say? The Onlooking Children of Nadine Labaki— By Cathy Brennan
Demystifying Virginity in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird — By Mary Beth McAndrews
Anger, She Wrote: The Changing Faces of Female Rage — By Becky Matthews
She Wears The Crown: Sex As Power In Mary Queen of Scots and The Favourite — By Iana Murray
Daydreaming Teenagers and Lesbian Loners: Marielle Heller’s Female Outcasts — By Yasmin Omar
The Creation of Woman: Lovesick Androids Escaping Their Makers — By Ashley Wells
Spaghetti Carbonara After Sex: The Importance of Food in Nora Ephron’s Heartburn —By Charlotte Duff
This Woman’s Work: Water and Labour in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma — By Katie Goh
Bookending Harsh Worlds: The Solemn Poetry of Lynne Ramsay — By Julia Teti
The GFT & Me — By Rhiannon Walsh
Call Her By Her Name: Building a City of Women in Film Titles — By Nicole Davis
Interested in writing for us? Get in touch at email@example.com — Louisa Maycock is the Commissioning Editor. Ella Kemp is Contributing Editor.