Watch at Home: ‘At the Heart of Gold’ & More from Female Filmmakers

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 5/3/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Bardo Blues – Martha Kimpton (co-director/co-writer)
  • Knock Down the House – Rachel Lears
  • Miss Bala – Catherine Hardwicke (director)
  • Tell it to the Bees – Annabel Jankel (director), Henrietta Ashworth and Jessica Ashworth (co-writers)


This week’s selection is At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal.  I’m counting the HBO documentary for my pick because it will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms following its May 3rd airing on HBO.

In addition to the one-on-one interviews, director Erin Lee Carr draws upon the hours of Nassar’s trial including the closing statements. You see Nassar turn around to his victims as if to say he was sorry. But is he? Is he truly sorry?  When the Honorable Rosemarie Aqualina reads his letter back, one of the lines is: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” You can only hear the gasps in the courtroom when this happens.

This documentary is so heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. At the same time, it’s such an important film. These women are sharing their stories beyond the news soundbites on television. It should be said that under no circumstances should sexual abuse have ever been allowed to take place. To see such a man in a position of power acting like this–it’s simply unfathomable. It is a complete travesty that the evidence had been ignored by officials.  Nobody should be able to get away with this. Not now. Not ever. To those who did look the other way, all I can say is shame on you.

The women front and center in At the Heart of Gold are among a number of women who fought back against a system that betrayed them. They might not be as well-known as Aly Raisman or McKayla Maroney but their words are every bit as important. The good news for everyone is that these survivors finally got to see justice. It may be later than they would have preferred but justice got its due.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (02/15/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from At the Heart of Gold EPK
Photo Credits: HBO

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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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