7 Exciting Female Directors

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Emerald Fennell

Fennell started out as an actor, working in front of the camera for over a decade, starring in productions like Call the Midwife and The Crown. She turned writer for shows like Drifters and Killing Eve before writing and directing Promising Young Woman (2020), following it up in 2023 with Saltburn.

Chloé Zhao

Zhao's four-features filmography is a testament to her wide range: from a drama about Native Americans (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, 2015), a contemporary Western (The Rider, 2017), a road movie (Nomadland, 2020), and a superhero film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Eternals, 2021).

Konkona Sensharma

Having earned rave reviews for her acting over the course of a decade and a half, Sensharma plunged into filmmaking with A Death in the Gunj (2016), followed by a segment in Netflix's Lust Stories 2 (2023).

Greta Gerwig

Gerwig started out as an actor before co-directing Nights and Weekends (2008) with Joe Swanberg. For the next nine years, she acted in and wrote films before helming Lady Bird in 2017, followed by Little Women (2019), and the smash-hit of 2023: Barbie.

Ashwini Iyer Tiwari

Coming from an advertising background, Iyer Tiwari made her feature film debut with Nil Battey Sannata (2016), followed by a Tamil remake of her debut, a crowd-pleaser comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), a sports drama Panga (2020), a documentary Break Point (2021; co-directed by Nitesh Tiwari), and a SonyLIV show Faadu (2022).

Anubhuti Kashyap

Kashyap assisted her brother Anurag and other filmmakers for a while before breaking out with a Prime Video show Afsos (2020), followed by a segment of Netflix's Home Stories (2020), and then made her feature film debut with Doctor G (2022).

Dee Rees

Rees first stepped into filmmaking with the 2008 documentary Eventual Salvation, and then moved to fiction features with Pariah (2011). She got noticed widely with Mudbound (2017), which was followed by The Last Thing He Wanted (2020). She has also helmed episodes of shows like Empire, Electric Dreams, and Masters of the Air.