This Woman's Work: In Celebration of Incredible Women in Film
In celebration with International Women's Day on Sunday 8th March, hmv are honoured to highlight the work of incredible women across music & film. Our stores have pieced together selected titles and artists that are special to them...
You Were Never Really Here
"Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here follows Joe ( Joaquin Phoenix) as a mercenary for hire that has been tasked to find and rescue a politician's daughter from a human trafficking network by any violent means. With sublime performances all round, exquisite cinematography and a pulsating score from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood - all brought together by Ramsay's masterful direction - You Were Never Really Here is a true modern-day masterpiece."
Chelsea Stardust / Haley Griffith
"A great horror movie using awesome use of practical effects and a fantastic cast with a cameo from Jerry O'Connell, this movie is a blood & gore fest with a well-driven storyline from start to finish brought to you by Fangoria."
"Simply an amazing film - iconic beyond words. No Point Break = no Fast & Furious franchise. To quote another one of her films: it's finger-licking good!"
"An outstanding performance from Sigourney who runs towards the action when the marines are running away. Absolutely blazed a trail for today's modern female action stars. She is one fearless mother - 'Get away from her you bitch!'"
"It's not only funny but quite poignant. Octavia's performance is just wonderful, she dominates every scene she's in. My particularly favourite scene is when Octavia's character, Minny, finally meets Celia's husband. It's hilarious as well as sweet."
"Erin Brockovich is an empowering film, Roberts' performance as Erin is amazing, you can feel her pain as she battles to bring justice whilst faced with negativity because of her fashion choices and the fact she does not have the qualifications to be taken seriously. These are small things to Erin and she battles on. This story tells everyone no matter where you are in life if you want something bad enough sheer hard work, guts and determination will get you there."
"Cate Blanchett has been a revolutionary actor for over two decades, bringing depth to every character she portrays. 2015's Carol is a beautiful, rich, deep love story between two women that presents a shining example of how both female and LGBTQ+ stories should be handled. I love everything about this."
The Lady In The Van
"I'm a fan of Alan Bennett so it is a joy to see 'The Lady In The Van' brought to life by the irrepressible Dame Maggie Smith. I love her in everything she does (particularly The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie & Sister Act) but this is my favourite. Witty, irascible & touching - it's a delightful performance. If you only know Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey then check this out!"
"I love Frances McDormand in general for her work with the Coen Brothers and Wes Anderson. I particularly love Fargo because the second her character (Marge Gunderson) appears you instantly fall in love with a woman who takes in the world and events with care and consideration. She is perfect. She has done way more dramatic, award-winning roles but I will always love her for this perfect character. Oh, Yah!"
All About Eve
"'Fasten your seat belts it's going to be a bumpy night!' Bette Davis's character, fading Broadway actress Margo, battles fresh-faced conniving actress and fan Eve for more than just her career. Features an early appearance by Marilyn Monroe too. This movie received four female Oscar nominations in 1951."