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  • wallflower
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    Hi! I’m currently studying screenwriting at National cinematographic school here in Italy and I noticed that us men (not everyone) has a problem with female characters. Lemme explain myself better: it is like every time we try to write a woman we always end with a stereotyped character that has only one dimension. So I’m wondering, since I want to be a better writer and also avoid to be an asshole lol, what are the best written female characters of the last 10 years? I’m taking about round characters that are realistic, could be both Tv and movie and from any part of the world. Thanks 🙏🏻

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    String Cheese Theory
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    Leda Caruso in The Lost Daughter

    Both older and younger incarnations were honest and vulnerable and also at their wits end. It was extremely relatable and honest look at motherhood from a perspective rarely discussed, let alone depicted in the culture.

    Here for the comedies

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    FilmRoyalty
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    * Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) – played by Rosamund Pike
    * Ryan Stone (Gravity) – played by Sandra Bullock
    * Maya (Zero Dark Thirty) – played by Jessica Chastain

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    ReginaIsKing
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    Angela Abar, Watchmen
    Carol Aird, Carol
    Queen Anne and the girls, The Favourite
    Amy Dunne, Gone Girl
    Ava, Ex Machina
    Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
    Janis, Parallel Mothers
    Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones
    Christine McPherson, Lady Bird
    Camille Preaker, Sharp Objects
    Lydia Tár, TÁR
    Vitalina Varela, Vitalina Varela (this is more due to the performance as the writing is minimal but still a good suggestion of one against type as one of the best female performances in recent years!)

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    juniperberry
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    In no particular order, more recent ones,

    Queen Anne (The Favourite)- played by Olivia Colman, written by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara (tragic, veering on parody without teetering over)

    Evelyn Wang (Everything Everywhere All At Once)- played by Michelle Yeoh, written by Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (I don’t know whether to credit the writers here because it was originally for a man. somehow, it encapsulated the complexities of Asian immigrant women experiences)

    Billi Wang (The Farewell)-played by Awkwafina, written by Lulu Wang

    Cassie Thomas (Promising Young Woman) played by Carrie Mulligan, written by Emerald Fennell

    Alike (Pariah)-played by Adepero Oduye, written by Dee Rees

     

     

     

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    Barbra Please
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    Darling,

    (In random order)

    Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
    Taylor Russell, Waves
    Toni Collette, Hereditary
    Arawinda Kirana, Yuni
    Krisha Fairchild, Krisha
    Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
    Cate Blanchett, Carol
    Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Nigh
    Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
    Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color
    Ponco Sutiyem, Ziarah
    Sally Field, Hello My Name Is Doris
    Jessica Rothe, Happy Death Day 1 & 2
    Frances McDormand, Nomadland
    Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Ezra
    Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat, A Separation
    Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
    Hailee Steinfield, The Edge of Seventeen
    Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
    Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West
    Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project

    this is just some my personal picks darling. Feel free to check any of them.

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    Vicki Leekx
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    Vitalina Varela in Vitalina Varela (should have won the Oscar that year…)

    Esther Shapiro in Unorthodox 

    Kirsty in I Am Kirsty 

    Arezoo Rahimi in Holy Spider 

    Gloria Cumplido in Gloria 

    Ronit Krushka and Esti Kuperman in Disobedience

    FYC:

    Zar Amir Ebrahimi - Holy Spider (Best Actress)
    Ana de Armas, Julianne Nicholson - Blonde (Best Actress, Supporting Actress)
    Samantha Morton - She Said (Best Supporting Actress)
    Kerry Condon - The Banshees of Inisherin (Best Supporting Actress)

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    wallflower
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    Thank y’all so much for answering

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    Brayfers
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    FILM:

    • Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson – Lady Bird
    • Josephine “Jo” March – Little Women
    • Evelyn Wang – Everything Everywhere All At Once
    • Nicole Barber – Marriage Story
    • Clementine Kruczynski – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    • Julie – The Worst Person in the World
    • Mildred Hayes – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    • Alma Elson – Phantom Thread
    • Leda Caruso – The Lost Daughter

    TELEVISION:

    • Rue Bennett – Euphoria
    • Wendy Byrde – Ozark
    • Alex Russell – Maid
    • Celeste Wright – Big Little Lies
    • Villanelle – Killing Eve
    • Eve Polastri – Killing Eve
    • June Osborne – The Handmaid’s Tale
    • Daenerys Targaryen – Game of Thrones
    • Fleabag – Fleabag

    Letterboxd: Brayfers

    FYC (Film):
    - Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu - Everything Everywhere All At Once
    - Colin Farrell, Kerry Condon, and Barry Keoghan - The Banshees of Inisherin
    - Angela Bassett - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    - Danielle Deadwyler - Till

    FYC (TV):
    - Severance
    - Euphoria
    - Abbott Elementary
    - House of the Dragon
    - The White Lotus

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    Marina, Una Mujer Fantástica
    Gloria, Gloria
    Jasmine, Blue Jasmine
    Olivia, Boyhood
    Queen Anne, The Favourite
    Furiosa, Mad Max
    Justine, Melancholia
    Nikki, The Bling Ring
    Amy, Gone Girl
    Simin, A Separation
    Evelyn, Everything Everywhere All At Once
    Helen and Annie, Bridesmaids
    Sandra, Deux jours, une nuit

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    TELEVISION:

    • Rue Bennett – Euphoria
    • Villanelle – Killing Eve
    • Eve Polastri – Killing Eve
    • Daenerys Targaryen – Game of Thrones

    what…interesting choices.

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    Jeanette Brinson- Wildlife
    Nessa Stein- The Honorable Woman
    Jane Tennison- Prime Suspect
    Deborah Lipstadt- Denial
    Lou- Sound if Metal (good example of a well written “girlfriend” role)

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    RIDLEY SCOTT
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    Hi! I’m currently studying screenwriting at National cinematographic school here in Italy and I noticed that us men (not everyone) has a problem with female characters. Lemme explain myself better: it is like every time we try to write a woman we always end with a stereotyped character that has only one dimension. So I’m wondering, since I want to be a better writer and also avoid to be an asshole lol, what are the best written female characters of the last 10 years? I’m taking about round characters that are realistic, could be both Tv and movie and from any part of the world. Thanks 🙏🏻

    TAR. I really liked TAR. At the beginning, TAR was written for a man. Usually, Women don’t play charming assholes or charismatic, dark and very complicated humans. TAR is a first for women. By the way, I think a great actor(Johnny Depp or Joaquin Phoenix or Michael Fassbender or Adam Driver) could have worked great as TAR too

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    Uta Tran
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    For me:

    • Sister Jude – American Horror Story: Asylum

    • Marcia Clark – The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story

    • Queen Elizabeth II – The Crown (first two seasons)

    • Mare – Mare of Easttown

    • Deborah Vance – Hacks

    • Queen Anne – The Favourite

    • Clare Bellew – Passing

     

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    RIDLEY SCOTT
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    TAR. I really liked TAR. At the beginning, TAR was written for a man. Usually, Women don’t play charming assholes or charismatic, dark and very complicated humans. TAR is a first for women. By the way, I think a great actor(Johnny Depp or Joaquin Phoenix or Michael Fassbender or Adam Driver) could have worked great as TAR too

    I changed my mind a bit. I love TAR but it’s more about the perfect performance of Cate Blanchett. And it would have been the same with a great actor(Johnny Depp or Joaquin Phoenix or Michael Fassbender or Adam Driver). But the writing was off in some specific scenes

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