“Studying is hard and boring. Teaching is hard and boring. So, what you’re telling me is to be bored, and then bored, and finally bored again, but this time for the rest of my life? This whole stupid country is bored! There’s no life in it, or color, or fun! It’s probably just as well the Russians are going to drop a nuclear bomb on us any day now. So my choice is to do something hard and boring, or to marry my… Jew, and go to Paris and Rome and listen to jazz, and read, and eat good food in nice restaurants, and have fun! It’s not enough to educate us anymore Ms. Walters. You’ve got to tell us why you’re doing it.” 

An Education (2009)


I would like to work with more women. People have been saying the last couple of weeks that “There aren’t enough films by women and there should be more female directors,” but they need to go and pay for tickets to go and see these films made by women otherwise it just won’t happen.

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan directed by women filmography:

Bleak House dir. Susanna White & Justin Chadwick (2005) TV
The Greatest dir. Shana Feste (2009)
An Education dir. Lone Scherfig (2009)
Suffragette dir. Sarah Gavron (2015)
Mudbound dir. Dee Rees (2017)

My next project is a dream project. It’s my own script, which I haven’t done for a while, and it’s with actors I’ve always wanted to work with or have loved working with before. And it is in a place I love and it’s present day, which I’ve been wanting to do again for a while. It takes me back to Dogma, in a way. And the budget is small enough so, hopefully, no one will mess with me.

Lone Scherfig photographed by Anoush Abrar

This morning director Ava DuVernay joins the growing list of women whose films received Oscar nominations for Best Picture without receiving a nomination for Best Director themselves.

The list of women who have directed Best Picture nominees/winners:

  • Randa Haines, Children of a Lesser God, 1986
  • Barbra Streisand, The Prince of Tides, 1991
  • Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine, 2007 (her co-director Jonathan Dayton received a nomination) correction: neither Faris nor her co-director were nominated that year. 
  • Loveleen Tandan, Slumdog Millionaire, 2008  (her co-director Danny Boyle won the Oscar for Best Director that year)  
  • Lone Scherfig, An Education, 2009
  • Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right, 2010
  • Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone, 2010
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, 2013
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma, 2015

Additionally Kátia Lund, co-director of City of God, did not receive a nomination for her work on the film despite the fact that her co-director  Fernando Meirelles did.

Only 4 women have ever been nominated for best director and only 1, Kathryn Bigelow, has won. 

“ انا دائما ما ينتهي بي المطاف إما أضحك او أبكي, و قد يكون من الجميل ان استقر علي حاله في المنتصف بينهما “

“ I always end up either laughing or weeping, and it could be nice to go for something in between “

One Day (2011)