Watch at Home: ‘Little Woods’ & 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 7/19/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Breakthrough – Roxann Dawson (director)
  • Little Woods – Nia DaCosta (writer-director)
  • Sword of Trust – Lynn Shelton (director/co-writer)


This week’s selection is Little Woods.  I already selected Fast Color when the indie drama was digitally released but the film is now available to watch physically on home video.  While I could have easily selected Long Shot, I’m waiting to do so until the physical release later this month on July 30.
Tessa Thompson and Lily James go above and beyond as a pair of sisters in Nia DaCosta’s feature debut, Little Woods.

It’s as fine of a feature debut as one could ask for from writer-director Nia DaCosta. DaCosta’s script draws on the economic situation as well as the opioid problem seen in many states.  The script is wisely grounded in a narrative revolving around the two sisters.  It also provokes themes usually reserved for Westerns. In depicting the small North Dakotan town, DaCosta is able to draw some powerful performances from both Tessa Thompson and Lily James.  Never for a second does one doubt that the two are siblings because of the chemistry between the two.  Moreover, the emotional hurt can be felt in watching their performances.  While DaCosta is a rising talent behind the camera as a director, Thompson has taken her career to an entirely new level in 2018.

Led by the strong performances from Tessa Thompson and Lily James, Little Woods marks the arrival of Nia DaCosta as a force to be reckoned with.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (07/19/19) FF2 Media
Featured photos from Little Woods EPK
Photo Credits: Matt Mitchell

Tags: Little Woods, Nia DaCosta

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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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