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Thelma & Louise (15)

Funny, heartbreaking and packed full of action, Thelma & Louise is the perfect feminist roadtrip movie.

First-time screenwriter Callie Khouri gave us an innovative roadtrip film and, in return, won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1991.

In this landmark of feminist filmmaking, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davies give the performances of their lives as strong female protagonists Thelma and Louise. A tale of fight, freedom and friendship which still resonates with audiences today.


This screening will be introduced by Melanie Iredale, Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Annabel Grundy, Major Programmes Manager, Film Audience Network.

Part of Women in Widescreen

Characters: Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon)

Themes: Gender roles, female sexuality and freedom

Female writer: Callie Khouri, whose screenplay for Thelma & Louise won an Oscar in 1991

Impact: Countless critics and writers have remarked on the strong feminist overtones and themes of Thelma & Louise. More than 25 years after its release, it’s still considered a landmark in the representation of women in film.

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