Gallery | To mark International Women’s Day 2016, we celebrate women in film from around the world. Here are 11 women to honour and admire this year.
Greek actress Irene Papas (b. 1926) photographed by Laurent Peters in Athens, August 1996
Australian documentary director Jennifer Peedom. Her gripping Sherpa (2015) won the Grierson Award for best documentary at the BFI London Film Festival 2015.
Oscar winner for best actress Brie Larson (b. 1989) in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room (2015) with Jacob Tremblay
Greek producer-director Athina Rachel Tsangari (b. 1966) whose latest film Chevalier (2015), a playful dissection of the male ego, won the Best Film Award at the BFI London Film Festival 2015.
Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (b. 1997) who is the subject of director Davis Guggenheim’s documentary He Named Me Malala (2015).
Belgian film director Chantal Akerman (1950-2015)
Professor of film and media studies at Birkbeck, University of London, Laura Mulvey (b.1941)
Czech cinema pioneer and avant-garde director Věra Chytilová (1929-2014)
Australian film director Maya Newell (Gayby Baby, 2015)
French film director and professor at the European Graduate School, Agnès Varda (b. 1928) directing La Pointe Courte (1955)
Swedish actress and international icon of the 1920s and 1930s, Greta Garbo (1905-1990). Photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1959.
View our gallery, 25 international women in film.