13 Women-directed films on NZ Netflix
- Feb 17, 2019
I’m excited. The Oscars, only the most important event in the global film industry, are a week away tomorrow. I can’t wait to see Debra Granik...Read More
I feel so stupid when it happens. The ‘you’re-a-phony’ siren goes off at such a high screech inside my head; it almost surprises me the neighbours...Read More
Find me a TV show that shows teenage girls in all their raucous yet insecure high-school glory. Go on, ya...Read More
Films and novels are great at glamorising sadness, yet in reality it’s anything but glamorous. I remember one of the lowest moments in my life was...Read More
First published on Monday the 5th of March, 2018, this piece comes in at number 3 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2018.
First published on Monday the 16th of April, 2018, this piece comes in at number 6 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2018.
First published on Tuesday the 14th of August, 2018, this piece comes in at number 10 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2018....Read More
First published on Wednesday the 31st of October, 2018, this piece comes in at number 16 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2018....Read More
First published on Thursday the 15th of March, 2018, this piece comes in at number 18 in the top 30 most read...Read More
First published on Friday the 23rd of March, 2018, this piece comes in at number 22 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2018.
First published on Friday the 26th of January, 2018, this piece comes in at number 24 in...Read More
The 2019 Academy Awards show, due to take place on February 25 th , is just over two months away. Still a while away in the grand scheme things,...Read More
Christmas + Netflix = trashy, feel-good, rom coms. The online streaming service has taken to releasing a few original Christmas movies each year...Read More
Donna Brookbanks is a comedian, actor, improviser and writer based in Auckland. Just recently she...Read More
I’ll be honest, I have never read Clementine Ford’s first best seller, Fight Like A Girl (2016). In fact, my...Read More
A girls’ night is not complete without the perfect movie. There’s nothing quite like a glass of wine...Read More
Milkman is compelling. It’s the kind of book that rarely makes even the longlist for the Man Booker prize: a page turner. I didn’t expect the...Read More
Amanda Palmer didn’t mean for her latest release to be so relevant. Mr Weinstein Will See You Now, her latest Patreon-powered THING – as she likes...Read More
Being stuck down here at the bottom of the world means we often miss out on some of the best offerings from the likes of Amazon and Etsy,...Read More
Friday nights are usually a time to drink away your weekly woes with colleagues or friends at some hideously overpriced monstrosity at the Viaduct...Read More
Dear Kristy, Mary-Anne, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Mallory, and Jessi – by way of Ann M....Read More
Abigail Johnson caught up with pop-country songstress Jamie McDell to see what she’s been up to,...Read More
Sightings is an exciting play; it’s not every day that an all-female cast takes to the stage to disrupt theatre conventions with powerful,...Read More
Admit it, we’ve all had that one (or many) moment(s) in our lives when...Read More
Giulia Romanó created ‘Leaky Week’ as her final project in a Bachelor of Communication Design at AUT to encourage positive discussion and views...Read More
It feels like I write a piece like this once every few months. Another day, another cringe-worthy example of cultural appropriation, this time...Read More
My girlfriend and I were grinning from ear to ear as we left our screening of Ocean’s 8 . We hadn’t devised some feminist conspiracy to love the...Read More
I never thought I’d spent my weekend sewing rhinestones on to G-string. Nor stalking the internet for 4 hours to find a 80s leopard print thong...Read More
The way some people talk about reality TV, you’d think it was a symptom of everything wrong with modern society. People who watch it are...Read More
More than 20 years after Paris Is Burning , New York’s queer vogue ballroom scene continues to usher in a new generation of stars, as seen in...Read More
I remember hearing the lyric, ‘I was 27 surviving my return to Saturn’ in Katy Perry’s By The Grace Of God some years ago. I thought it was some...Read More
Honestly, drunk Pākehā doing the haka in London on Waitangi Day was bad enough. As a...Read More
If you haven’t yet heard of Womanly , chances are you will soon. The newly launched magazine provides a platform (both online and in print) for...Read More
I vividly remember the moment when I first discovered Zara. I was 19, on a trip to the UK, when I stumbled into an alternative universe of...Read More
Language note: Possum uses they/them pronouns.
How many pop punk stars do you know who fly to Wellington specially to see the Muppets in...Read More
Imagine this: you’ve come home from uni, you’re ready to start your kickass, girl power-fuelled career – #LeanIn #GirlBoss – and you suddenly...Read More
I’m having a bit of a renaissance period in my life. My daughter is just entering her teens and one of the things we’ve...Read More
LinkedIn wants me to connect with my ex.
God knows why. It wasn’t exactly a good idea the first time round.
Gone are the days of...Read More
Life as a 17-year-old is already challenging enough. Balancing school, new-found freedom, responsibilities, trying to have a social life, holding...Read More
Women are creatures of wisdom. Call it intuition, experience, insight, a hunch, whatever… the world would be a better place if women were listened...Read More
Ko Rangitumau te maunga. Ko Ruamāhanga te awa...Read More
New Zealand comedian Louise Beuvink was frustrated with gender roles and society’s expectations of women, so she created Ladylike: A Modern Guide...Read More
Some movies give you chills for a good reason, like brilliant cinematography or acting....Read More
The first word I ever uttered was the word ‘kaukau’, meaning to swim in Māori. My family used to take summer trips to Marokopa - a notoriously...Read More
First published on Saturday the 5th of August, 2017, this piece comes in at number 6 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2017....Read More
First published on Friday the 28th of July, 2017, this piece comes in at number 11 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2017.
Bold take: The Last Jedi is the most feminist blockbuster film of 2017....Read More
Imagine this: you’re alone, somewhere along a remote stretch of coastline where the air is so cold you can see your breath, and living out of your...Read More
Christmas songs hold a special place in my heart. I’m one of those strange people who start listening to them well before it is decent to do so,...Read More
Maybe you love them, maybe you hate them – or maybe you’ve never listened to one. But if you are a fan, you know how hard it can...Read More
With the ongoing naming-and-shaming of alleged sexual predators in Hollywood (think Spacey/ Weinstein/ Ratner/ Louis CK et al), and productions...Read More
It has historically been known as a “death sentence”, helped in no small part by campaigns of old that have featured Grim Reapers and...Read More
Film, as Rose McGowan said recently, “is the messaging system for your mind”. Whether we like it or...Read More
Who likes orgasms? OMGYES is basically the Oprah of sexual pleasure. You get an orgasm! You get an orgasm! You get an orgasm!...Read More
What have you done in the past year?
Finished a huge project? Sat your final exams? Got a new job, or started at a new school? Started...Read More
How many New Zealand artists can you name?
It’s a confronting question, sure....Read More
Sometimes, a text of encouragement is all you need. Even when you’re creating a brand new show that is due to go on stage in less than a week. No...Read More
Societally, there’s a huge push to reach a masculine ideal of power. Hard hitting, direct and unwavering. Success is ultimately codified as...Read More
If there’s one New Zealander who needs no introduction, it’s Kate Sheppard. But let’s be honest about something: she’s so...Read More