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My Favourite Films of 2018

As a brief preamble before my list, a little bit of industry context… According to Martha M. Lauzen’s ‘2018 Celluloid Ceiling’ report, women comprised 15% of directors working on the top 500 films of 2018 (and the figures are worse for the top 100). My list is only fractionally better at 20% and there is still much, much work to do. See the suggestions and links at the end of this article as a starting point if diversity, representation and equality is important to you.


Now, here are the films that I saw and enjoyed the most in 2018. I watched some at film festivals (Bath and London), some at preview screenings, some at my local cinema and some at home via Netflix. I've written a little bit more about my top three and posted the trailers for the others. Enjoy!


10. Birdbox

Dir: Susanne Bier

Birdbox is the film that everyone on my Twitter feed seemed to watch on Boxing Day. If you haven't seen it yet, chances are you've seen the memes and videos that it inspired. It's an enjoyable thriller based on a novel of the same name and you can view it on Netflix now.


9. Black Panther

Dir: Ryan Coogler

Here's what I wrote about this Marvel superhero movie last year.


8. Adrift

Dir: Baltasar Kormákur

Another epic movie, but for very different reasons. Shailene Woodley is incredible in this gripping film, which is based on a true story.


7. The Hate U Give

Dir: George Tillman Jr.

Read my review of this film here.


6. The Old Man & the Gun

Dir: David Lowery

If this does turn out to be Robert Redford's last film, it would be a fittingly charming farewell. An apt swan song for a legend.


5. Shoplifters

Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda

I saw quite a few non-English language films this year, but this was the one that struck me the most because of the way it blurs morality lines and subverted what exactly constitutes a family.


4. Sorry to Bother You

Dir: Boots Riley

It's a shame this film didn't get a wider release in the UK because it is absolutely bonkers in the best possible way.This absurdist, satirical comedy is weird, and keeps getting weirder.