AMPAS ’16: Phyllida Lloyd

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!


Phyllida Lloyd is an English film director, best known for Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady.

After graduating from Birmingham University in 1979, she spent five years working in BBC Television Drama and eventually produced The Comedy of Errors and directed The Winter’s Tale, The School for Scandal, Medea and Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka.

One of her first commercial successes, the Royal Court Theatre production of John Guare‘s Six Degrees of Separation garnered her critical acclaim. She continued in production with was general Terry Johnson’s Hysteria at the Royal Court and Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill‘s The Threepenny Opera at the Donmar Warehouse.

She eventually became an award-winning opera director, producing Dialogues of the Carmelites, Verdi‘s Macbeth and The Handmaid’s Tale. In 1999, Lloyd directed the hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia! As well as the 2008 cinematic adaptation – her feature film debut.

Lloyd also directed the The Iron Lady, a biopic of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by Meryl Streep.

Excerpt from FF2 Media review of The Iron Lady from January 14, 2012:

Fortunately 15 minutes of brilliant filmmaking lie at the heart of The Iron Lady. With almost no dialogue to weigh it down, we literally see “Young Margaret” transformed, against all odds, from a suburban matron (played by Alexandra Roach) into Meryl Streep’s parliamentary powerhouse. And this sequence is so strong and so well-done that however imperfect it is, The Iron Lady is still a movie you must see.

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