BFI London Film Festival: The best movies directed by women in this year's lineup

Most of what’s been said about Destroyer so far is how unrecognisable Nicole Kidman is, with her sawn-off grey-streaked mousy hair, emaciated form and dead eyes. But more than her physical transformation, Kidman’s performance sees her become a rage-fuelled detective – a role usually written for and inhabited by men.

From Girl Fight director Karyn Kusama, Destroyer is a bleak thriller that sees Kidman as LA detective Erin Bell, recovering after a nervous breakdown caused by a long stint undercover infiltrating a California gang. A cynical look at LA policing, the film marks a return for a director known for tearing down the good woman stereotype and raising up female anti-heros. “Watching Karyn Kusama’s career revival is a relief,” says Bays, “as she’s such a talent.”