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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4. Girls Trip (2017)

This rollicking new addition to the girls-gone-wild genre has, much to the delight of women everywhere, surpassed expectations by raking in more than $100 million (about £80 million) at the US box office, while also becoming the first movie with African-American leads to pull such figures. When the Flossy Posse – a quartet of long-lost friends comprising Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish – descend upon a music festival in New Orleans, a rowdy reunion weekend of debauchery ensues. Expect start-to-finish hilarity, of both a sexual and scatological nature, spliced with endearing moments as the girls come to terms with personal and professional struggles – always guided by each other’s support.

Watch for…

An unforgettable scene starring a grapefruit and a banana…

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