The Promising Woman Issue.
'In Promising Young Woman, Carey Mulligan is a woman driven to take drastic action relating to an “incident” that occurred some years previous during her time at medical school. It’s hard to ignore the relevance of Fennell’s film to the ongoing movements around #MeToo and Time’s Up, but conversations around female trauma at the hands of a male-dominated society didn’t start with these movements and won’t end with them either. Fennell’s pitch-black comedy is hard to stomach at times, but a piercing, vital addition to the growing canon of films that allow women to speak for themselves rather than through the gaze of men.'
On the cover: Carey Mulligan as femme fatale Cassie Thomas illustrated by Belfast-based artist Laura Callaghan
In this issue…
Emerald Fennell reflects on the experience of creating her debut feature and offers an impassioned defence of Paris Hilton’s singing career.
One of the most fascinating actors working today, Carey Mulligan sits down to discuss smashing the patriarchy and why it pays to be picky when it comes to her work.
The Lost Careers of Difficult Women
Emma Fraser investigates the women whose careers were damaged at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, and how they’ve tried to rebuild them since.
A Female Rage Manifesto
Co-founder of The Final Girls Anna Bogutskaya offers up a compelling outline for women on the verge, both on and off-screen.
Experiment in Terror
42 years since its original release, Elena Lazic screens Meir Zarchi’s I Spit On Your Grave for an assembled audience, and appraises their response.
The Noble Stalker
Whoever said nice guys finish last? Leila Latif explores the rich – and disturbing – cinematic history of benign stalking.
Beware the Fluffy Pen
Abbey Bender presents a compelling theory regarding the ills of befeathered writing implements.
What is Thirst?
Ahead of her anthology She Found It at the Movies and the BFI: THIRST season, author and programmer Christina Newland provides a primer on female desire.
Waiting for Lunch
Little White Lies’ own Sophie Monks Kaufman and Hannah Woodhead exchange text messages regarding personal and professional frustrations.
To coincide with the release of her wonderful portrait of youth in revolt, Rocks, filmmaker Sarah Gavron speaks to Hannah Clugston about the representation of girl gangs on screen.
Philippa Snow speaks to filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy about Rose Plays Julie, their haunting take on the rape-revenge genre.
In her regular column on fashion and film, Christina Newland investigates the film history of Polyvinyl chloride – better known as PVC.
with Illustrations by Lauréne Boglio, Alice Carnegie and Simon Hayes.