Do Women Need Their Own Film Magazine?

With two new film publications debuting in the past few months, one aimed directly at women and the other simply founded by a woman (shocking, I know), there has been some discussion over whether women do indeed need their own magazines, and whether these two new publications are the answer. I’m going to be looking at one of those issues today, but I’m a man, so what do I know?

Do women need their own film magazines?


Two of the big names in film magazines are Empire and Total Film, I used to subscribe to Empire because of its exclusive features and unrivalled access to sets and the artists. This year I had a change of heart and unsubscribed, clicking on the two covers to the left will show you why.

Rather than focus on the films coming out, or a small undiscovered gem, both current issues of these two magazines are solely focusing on next year’s comic book movies. As a male of the species I don’t need this much information on upcoming superhero blockbusters and I can’t be alone. In general the magazines are quite flashy and boisterous.

I’m not saying women don’t like superheroes and can’t handle a horror film, but should there not be a little more variety? I’m not talking about promoting bad romantic comedies, but there are plenty of other genres which will never make the cover. Maybe this isn’t an appeal for film magazines for women, just more diverse film coverage in general. Though it doesn’t help when the film mags are in the men’s section at the newsagents.


Empire and Total Film could be left alone as they are hardly the only options out there. Both Sight and Sound and Little White Lies (which smells amazing) offer a wholly gender neutral coverage of the latest films, and aren’t afraid to go to print with an art house film like The Skin I Live In on the cover.

Fans of big budget movies have their own magazines and fans of smaller, artier films have theirs, it’s just a matter of seeking out what type of film journalism you want to shell out each month for. As for a film magazine just for women, would that focus on romantic comedies with the same emphasis Empire gives to action films? I don’t think anyone wants that!


With two new publications with various female slants, now is the time to find out. We’re sending out Mild Concern‘s female half to give Studio and New Empress a test drive and share her discoveries.

ETA: The review of STUDIO and New Empress is done!

Out Now – 15th April 2011

A few treats out this week from a silly old bear to a ghost faced killer. Double bill anyone?

Winnie the Pooh
Everyone’s favourite bear, suck it Yogi, returns for a big screen, 2D animated adventure. It looks as though Pooh notices that he’s in a book which is seven shades of exciting. Plus Zooey Deschanel does some songs for the film, including the theme tune: Winnie the Pooh

Red Riding Hood
A classic fairytale retold in Twilight fashion. Expect romance, angst and disembowelling. I spoiled myself and found out who the wolf is, now I don’t need to see the film.

Meta horror returns with everyone off of the telly ready for the chop. Who is the killer? Who can even remember the killers from all three films? A must see.

A Small Act (limited release)
Documentary about a young Kenyan who had his education sponsored by a foreign stranger and grew up to set up his own scholarship program. Expect to be uplifted.

Meek’s Cutoff (limited release)
A PG western starring Michelle Williams and Paul Dano. Very mixed feelings on this one.

Little White Lies (limited release)
Not the fantastically over-designed film magazine that doesn’t resort to endless superhero covers (hi Empire!) but a French film about the relationship between a group of friends after the serious injury of a friend. Lots of acting and emotion… in French!

Cold Weather (limited release)
Two men use their love for detective novels to solve the disappearance of one man’s ex-girlfriend.

Sparrow (limited release)
From IMDb: “A gang of pickpockets roam the streets of Hong Kong.”
From Google: “a minimalist mail application for Mac.”
From Wikipedia: “in the family Passeridae are small passerine birds”

Cooking with Stella (limited release)
Wait… didn’t this come out a month ago?