Watch at Home: ‘Blinded by the Light’ & more from female filmmakers

Viveik Kalra, Nell Williams and Aaron Phagura appear in Blinded by the Light by Gurinder Chadha, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nick Wall. All photos are copyrighted and may be used by press only for the purpose of news or editorial coverage of Sundance Institute programs. Photos must be accompanied by a credit to the photographer and/or 'Courtesy of Sundance Institute.' Unauthorized use, alteration, reproduction or sale of logos and/or photos is strictly prohibited.

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 11/22/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Blinded by the Light – Gurinder Chadha (director/co-writer)
  • The Knight Before Christmas – Monika Mitchell (director), Cara J. Russell (writer) (Netflix)


This week’s selection is Blinded by the Light. Aided by the sounds of singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, Gurinder Chadha’s crowd-pleasing Blinded by the Light is a rocking good time.

Thematically speaking, what takes place on screen during the songs is honestly a great fit for Springsteen’s lyrics.  Take “Badlands” for example.  It’s a great fit for being the soundtrack to a job search with over 3 million Brits unemployed.

Who would have ever thought that a Pakistani Brit would have such an interest in the American Dream?  Certainly not me!  In any event, Javed finds himself listening to and singing along to the great New Jersey rabbi, Bruce Springsteen.  Okay, we know that Springsteen is not Jewish (Adam Sandler already told us!) and this film continually reminds us of the fact.

Credit to Chadha and casting director for the discoveries of both  Viveik Kalra and Nell Williams.  Both display a great amount of chemistry together.  Make no mistake that these two are going to have a bright future ahead of them.

Blinded by the Light has Bruce Springsteen’s blessing and rightfully so because it honors the great music he’s given us over several decades.

You can read my full review here.

© Danielle Solzman (11/22/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from Blinded by the Light EPK
Photo Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures

Tags: Blinded by the Light, gurinder chadha

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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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