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Fantastic Female Filmmakers

by (author) Suzanne Simoni

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2008
General, Performing Arts, Film
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    Mar 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
  • Reading age: 9 to 13


Women have been writing, producing and directing movies since filmmaking began in the early 1900s. From taming wild dogs to filming from the open door of a plane to being nominated for an academy award, women directors have done amazing things in the world of film. Fantastic Female Filmmakers tells the stories of ten women who are some of the most creative and respected directors in the world. From Nell Shipman, who started her own production company in the silent movie days, to Ida Lupino, the American actress who was the first woman to direct herself in a film, to Academy-Award nominee Deepa Mehta, whose films have brought East Indian stories to audiences around the world. These directors prove that women can be stars behind the camera as well as on the screen.

About the author

Suzanne Simoni works as a writer and editor. She has traveled the globe and lived in Denmark, China, and Kenya. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Suzanne loves the movies, especially a good suspense or comedy.

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Librarian Reviews

Fantastic Female Filmmakers (The Women’s Hall of Fame Series)

From Canadian Nell Shipman, who produced films and trained animals in the 1910s and 1920s, to director Martha Coolidge, the first female president of the Director’s Guild of America, to Academy- Award nominee Deepa Mehta, who writes, directs and produces her own films, Fantastic Female Filmmakers is jam-packed with information on 10 well-respected female filmmakers.

This book covers every facet of the lives of these women including their personal relationships, career mistakes and successes, their views on the filmmaking process and advice to aspiring filmmakers. Readers will learn about the time Deepa Mehta hung up on George Lucus because she thought someone was playing a joke on her; Anne Wheeler’s indispensable advice to all would-be directors that they have experience in the editing room; and why Mira Nair turned down the opportunity to direct the fifth Harry Potter movie. The book also includes information on each woman’s experiences as a female in Hollywood, as well as the independent movie scene.

Written in clear, simple language and peppered with quotations from each filmmaker, this book is the perfect inspiration for young filmmakers, as well as readers who simply want a behind-thescenes look at the film industry.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.

Fantastic Female Filmmakers (Women’s Hall of Fame)

This book presents 10 women who are among the world’s most creative and respected directors. These directors prove that women are stars behind the camera as well as on the screen. Euzhan Palcy and Mira Nair are among those featured. Contains photos, bibliography and glossary.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.