Watch at Home: ‘The Souvenir’ & more from female filmmakers

Honor Swinton Byrne in The Souvenir.
Honor Swinton Byrne in The Souvenir. Photo by Diana Patient. Courtesy of A24

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 8/9/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):


This week’s selection is The SouvenirJoanna Hogg’s The Souvenir is a very well made film and make no mistake that we’ll be talking about the indie film during awards season.

Aspiring British filmmaker Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) attends film school in the 1980s while also dealing with boyfriend Anthony (Tom Burke).  It’s not the best of relationships to say the least.  Perhaps the most comical moment comes when Anthony fights her over their bed space.  More fun comes with references to the likes of It Happened One Night‘s Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable along the way.  This relationship is one that manages to test boundaries with her mother (Tilda Swinton).

As a filmmaker, Julie is still trying to find her voice.  There is no doubt that she is standing in for writer-director Joanna Hogg.  Moreover, this is such a personal film for her fourth feature-length film.  It’s not easy finding your voice as a filmmaker.  Trust me, I’ve written various screenplays over the years.  None of them are at that level of perfection just yet.  Anyway, trying to find that voice while tackling a romantic relationship is easier said than done.  There’s a point in the film where Julie confesses to needing more “me time.”  There will come the time in which Julie must decide that film is more important.  Sooner rather than later, of course.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (08/9/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from The Souvenir EPK
Photo Credits: Diana Patient

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture.
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