5 Girl-Power Films To Watch Right Now

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Despite the Academy's recent efforts to diversify its largely homogenous membership, women remain severely underrepresented in cinema. In 2016's highest-grossing films – only half of which passed the sexism-measuring Bechdel test – they comprised a meagre 29 per cent of protagonists. Given that women account for 52 per cent of moviegoers, this simply is not good enough. But there is hope. This year, the smash hit Wonder Womanbecame the most profitable female-directed film of all time; Sofia Coppola's Best Director win at Cannes disrupted 56 years of male dominance; and actresses' co-stars are accepting lower salaries to fight the gender pay gapTo quote Cate Blanchett: "Films with women at the centre are not niche experiences. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money." As London's Feminist Film Festival draws to a close, we round up five of our favourite girl-power movies.

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2. Bridesmaids (2011)

Would a list like this really be complete without Bridesmaids? The record-breaking romp earned critical acclaim (two Oscar nominations – almost unheard-of for a comedy) and commercial success (with a stint as the number-one-grossing female-driven comedy of all time) thanks to its overturning of the prevailing, specious narrative screaming that women aren’t funny. With laugh-out-loud displays of pettiness, pride and passive-aggression, the movie incisively examines the delicate dynamics of a female friendship group, infusing the predominantly male-stoner buddy movie with a distinctly feminine flavour. Bridesmaids is a meaningful platonic love story between women, underpinned by a strong comic vein.

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