Seen & Heard

Celebrating the young women who are reclaiming their coming-of-age stories in cinema.

This collection showcases authentic coming-of-age portraits while exploring snapshots of growing up in different cultures across the globe. Some of these stories are extreme, others are completely grounded in everyday realities for young women. Here there are no mean-girl cheerleaders, precocious Lolitas or magical makeovers, just searing, realistic portrayals of complex, adolescent young women experiencing the intense pleasures and pains of growing up.

- Kimberley Sheehan, season programmer.

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Me without YouMe without You

Drama2001103 minsDirector: Sandra Goldbacher

Anna Friel and Michelle Williams star as two troubled girls whose tumultuous friendship takes many twists and turns.

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Drama201883 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu

Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing politicians in Wanuri Kahiu’s neon-bright story of forbidden love in Kenya.

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Summer 1993Summer 1993

Drama201798 minsDirector: Carla Simón

An outstanding debut feature charting the emotional journey of a six-year old girl in the aftermath of her mother’s death in early 1990s Spain.

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A Bagful of FleasA Bagful of Fleas

Documentary196243 minsDirector: Věra Chytilová

Věra Chytilová's 'fictionalised documentary' uses non-actors to portray girls' lives in the cotton mills of Náchod.

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Fish TankFish Tank

Drama2009118 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold's BAFTA winner and coming-of-age story starring newcomer Katie Jarvis as disaffected teen Mia and Michael Fassbender in one of his earliest film roles.

Claire Marie Healy, creator of Girlhood Studies on AnOther Magazine, selects six films inspired by the Seen & Heard season.