Stylist’s Under Her Eye initiative aims to find the next wave of female film reviewers. Here, entertainment director Helen Bownass introduces the shortlist so far - and invites you to vote for your favourite.
When we launched Under Her Eye, an endeavour to recruit female film reviewers to the Stylist team - fuelled by a rant I’d had in the office after reading yet another male critic commenting (inaccurately) on the female experience - we hoped Stylist readers would be inspired.
We were cautiously optimistic that opening up the field to encourage more women who love films to have their voice heard and even up the 20:80 split of female to male film reviewers, would be an important and powerful thing. But we’ve been utterly overwhelmed by the volume and quality of applications.
We’re thrilled that so many people want to write for Stylist. To dissect films and to tell the world why, in their opinion, the movie they just saw is bold/inspiring/authentic/important/pure fun. Because it matters. It matters that women’s opinions are heard and that the stories they want – and need – to hear are deemed as valuable as men’s.
So here, after much debate, are our favourite 20 reviews – published anonymously and unedited – so you can vote for your favourite. The writers of the 10 entries with the most votes will be notified via email and invited to a judging day in London in October, where they will meet with myself, Stylist’s digital editor Kayleigh Dray, film critic Kate Muir, Anna Smith, president of the Critics’ Circle, and Gaylene Gould, head of cinemas and events at BFI Southbank.
This panel of judges will then select three critics, who will be invited to write on a regular and paid basis for Stylist.
Click through to read the brilliant, unedited submissions below and then make sure to vote for your favourite in the poll at the bottom of the page:
Picked your favourite? Vote for them now below…