Borderlines 2019: Triple-F Rated

Just 14% of UK directors in the UK are women. Kathryn Bigelow remains the only female Best Director winner at the Oscars. And in 2015, when the F-Rating scheme was created, less than five percent the top 250 films were written by women. 

Borderlines, Herefordshire's impressive rural film festival, adopted the F-Rating system as a way of shining a light on work done by women in the industry. At the 2019 festival (March 1 to 17), you'll find a wealth of F-Rated and Triple F-Rated releases and previews. 

It works like this: films get the F-Rated stamp when it has been either directed by a woman or written by a woman. If it’s written and directed by a woman, with a female lead in a prominent role, it rises to Triple F-Rating.

Borderlines programmer Jonny Courtney, from the Independent Cinema Office, said: “Over 30% of the films in this year’s programme meet the F-Rated standard, and we are also showcasing a great many female-fronted films: with Out of BlueAsh is Purest WhiteWild RoseGirls of the SunEighth GradeIn FabricThe Third WifeToo Late to Die YoungStyx and many more led by women and girls in complex and dynamic roles.

“Whilst it is taking time for true equality of representation to occur behind the camera, these films suggest that writers and directors are waking up to the wide variety of women’s stories that urgently need to be told.”

Here's a list all the Triple F-Rated films you can see at Borderlines 2019.

Too Late To Die Young (15)

Director: Dominga Sotomayor Castillo

Starring: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro


The German Sisters (15)

Director: Margarethe von Trotta

Starring: Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler


Girls of the Sun (15)

Director: Eva Husson

Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zübeyde Bulut


The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (12)

Director: Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff

Starring: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser


The Miseducation of Cameron Post (15)

Director: Desiree Akhavan

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle


Out of Blue (15)

Director: Carol Morley

Starring: Patricia Clarkson, James Caan, Jacki Weaver, Toby Jones


Rafiki (12a)

Director: Wanuri Kahiu

Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji



Director: Margarethe von Trotta

Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander



Director: Margarethe von Trotta

Starring: Tina Engel, Silvia Reize, Katharina Thalbach


The Third Wife (15)

Director: Ash Mayfair

Starring: Long Le Vu, Mai Thu Huong Maya, Nguyen Phuong Tra My