AMPAS ’16: Sarah Gavron

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here to tell you!


Sarah Gavron graduated from the University of York with a BA in English and MA in film studies. She went on to work for BBC for three years and further studied feature film directing at the National Film and Television School in London.

In 2007, she made her feature film debut with an adaptation of Monica Ali’s novel Brick Lane. In 2015, she directed Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan in the story of women’s fight for the vote.

Excerpt from FF2 Media review of Brick Lane from August 6, 2008:

Based on a well-regarded novel of the same name by Monica Ali, Sarah Gavron’s film is about a young Bangladeshi woman named “Nazneen,” who’s sent to London as a teenager to marry a man she’s never met.

After a brief prologue filled with idyllic childhood scenes of Nazneen and her younger sister Hasina romping through lush greenery, the story picks up again almost twenty years later.  Nazneen (played as an adult by Tannishtha Chatterjee) and her husband “Chanu” (Satish Kaushik) are now a long-married couple raising two daughters: “Shahana” and “Bibi.”  Bibi (Lana Rahman) is still young, sweet, and compliant, but Shahana (Naeema Begum) is a teenager with raging hormones and a sharp tongue.

Read full review and chat with Sarah Gavron:

Excerpt from FF2 Media review of Suffragette from October 22, 2016:

One of the achievements of this superb film is forcing us to realize that we all have “sides.” We all feel the pain of “our side,” we cheer for “our side,” and we minimize the “collateral damage” caused by “our side.” And yet almost all of us want the very same things: personal dignity and a better future for the next generation. Perhaps this film will help us see that we all benefit when we remember what we have in common even while the press thrives on exploiting the things that divide us.

But make no mistake, Readers: This is my team–the 50% of humanity born female–and seeing our history told so eloquently from our POV is a rare and thrilling experience!

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