There are often so many exciting new shows and books coming out that some of the best content can easily pass you by. As a woman working in creative media, I’m always on the look out for the best stories told by women across all mediums; here I’ve gathered together a small selection of inspirational storytellers you may not have noticed. Why not try something new?
If you’re a fan of comedy, this name may ring a bell. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, written by and starring Bloom has won over fans and critics alike, winning her a prestigious Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV comedy or musical. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a hilariously relatable fusion of the two, with a sharp observational eye and on point musical moments; this is Bridget Jones on steroids. Check out the ‘Sexy Getting Ready Song’ for a taste of her style. For anyone who still believes women can’t be funny, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is on UK Netflix now, and season 2 will be coming to Netflix October 23rd.
Ava DuVernay is a filmmaking powerhouse; she has directed, written, marketed, distributed and otherwise been involved with an impressive roster of film and TV projects, the best known of which is the critically acclaimed Selma. The award-winning director has never been shy of dealing with complex and emotional subject matter, and her latest documentary 13th is an in depth examination of the prison system in the United States. Although not to everyone’s tastes, her bravery in using her art to raise awareness of institutional racism should not be underestimated. She is also a co-creator of the TV series Queen Sugar, along with none other than Oprah Winfrey; this lady is part of the filmmaking elite.
Daisy Goodwin is a British writer and TV producer whose name has become more familiar since the ITV series Victoria, which Goodwin wrote. This is her screenwriting debut, and charts the life of another strong woman: renowned monarch Queen Victoria (played here by the lovely Jenna Coleman). Having read History at Cambridge, Goodwin is the ideal writer to tackle a series requiring meticulous research into Victoria’s private diaries and letters. It is fantastic to see another ratings-grabbing British period drama helmed by a woman (the other is the updated Poldark, with writer Debbie Horsfield), and even better, Victoria has been commissioned for another series!
Roxane Gay is a woman of many talents; an author (Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, in addition to short stories), editor, columnist, academic and feminist commentator. In very exciting news, she can now add comic book writer for Marvel to her resume. In a historic move, Gay will become the first black woman to write for comic book giant Marvel, where she will be expanding the universe of popular superhero Black Panther in World of Wakanda, starring characters Ayo and Aneka, queer black women that are part of an elite Wakandan fighting force. It’s a wonderful-sounding project that should improve the representation and diversity of the infamously male-dominated world of comics. Make way for the ladies!
Words: Heidi Teague