They directed some of my favourites - serious stuff and guilty pleasures. In no particular order. A work in progress
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ Favourite Movies: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Dead Alive. ” - mythie-me
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon
and Zack Whedon
. Both his father, Tom Whedon
and his grandfather, John Whedon
were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ The man who can do no wrong. ” - mythie-me
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris
, about a medieval knight...
“ He's really a guilty pleasure, as are my favourite Verhooven movies, Total Recall, Starship Troopers and Flesh + Blood. ” - mythie-me
Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck
, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With Fanck as her mentor, Riefenstahl began directing films...
“ Favourite Movies: Olympia: Fest der Voelker, Olympia: Fest der Schoenheit. ” - mythie-me
“ Favourite Movies: Red Road, Fish Tank ” - mythie-me
He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
“ Favourite Movies: M, Metropolis ” - mythie-me
Amando de Ossorio
He was born in 1918, although there isn't a consensus as some books date his birth in 1925. He was one of the main directors of the Spanish horror boom in the 70s, specially for his quartet of films about the living dead templars which started with Tombs of the Blind Dead
“ Ah, the guilty pleasure of a de Ossorio marathon and his evil blind zombie Templars. ” - mythie-me
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ Where to start. The Misfits. Prizzi's Honour. But my definite favourite is the very last movie he directed before his death in 1987, The Dead. ” - mythie-me
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July fourteenth, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions
is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions
is the trilogy closed. Here...
“ Favourite Movie: The Virgin Spring ” - mythie-me
was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti
(A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian
. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ Another guilty pleasure, Sergio's Spaghetti Westerns. ” - mythie-me
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ Favourite Movies: Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby. ” - mythie-me
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
“ Favourite Movies: Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Sherlock Holmes ” - mythie-me
“ Favourite Movie: The Highlander ” - mythie-me
Alex Proyas has moved effortlessly between helming TV commercials and music videos to feature films. Born to Greek parents in Egypt, Proyas relocated to Australia with his family when he was three years old. He began making films at age ten and went on to attend the Australian Film Television and Radio School along with Jane Campion
and Jocelyn Moorhouse
“ Favourite Movies: The Crow, Garage Days, Dark City ” - mythie-me
George A. Romero
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The helmer of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 in New York City, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian-American mother. He grew up in NY, until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
“ He had me at Night of the Living Dead ” - mythie-me
“ Favourite Movie: The Silence of the Lambs ” - mythie-me
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Favourite Movies: Brokeback Mountain, The Wedding Banquet ” - mythie-me
“ Favourite Movies: Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick ” - mythie-me
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter
's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York
, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
“ Favourite Movies: Sin City, From dusk Till Dawn (The Series) ” - mythie-me
When he was age 8 he was given a 9.5 mm projector for Xmas. He graduated to 35mm together with a box of silents that had been salvaged from the liner Mauretania when she was being broken up. He attended a nautical school where he made his first short film, trained as an Air Force electrician and tried unsuccessfully to break into the world of ballet and the theatre...
“ Favourite Movies: Tommy, Altered States, The Rainbow, The Lair of the White Worm, Lady Chatterley ” - mythie-me
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ Favourite Movies: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi ” - mythie-me
Paul W.S. Anderson
Paul W.S. Anderson gained a fair bit of notoriety in his native England when he directed the ultra-violent Shopping
(which he also wrote), starring Jude Law
and Sean Pertwee
in a story about thieves who steal by ramming a car into storefronts. The film was banned in some cinemas in England, and became a direct-to-video slightly edited release in the United States...
“ Favourite Movies: Mortal Kombat, Soldier, The Dark, Death Race ” - mythie-me
Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working as a film projectionist and then becoming head of programming at the Moviemento Theater...
“ Favourite Movies: Lola Rennt, Der Krieger und die Kaiserin ” - mythie-me
He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.
“ Favourite Movies: Nosferatu, Phantom ” - mythie-me
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000)...
“ Favourie Movies: Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, ” - mythie-me
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino
, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Favourite Movies: Inglorious Basterds, Reservoir Dogs ” - mythie-me
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead
. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ The man who gave us The Evil Dead ... 'nuff said! ” - mythie-me
Takeshi Kitano was born in Tokyo in 1947 and entered show business in 1972 as "Beat" Takeshi, the stage name he continues to use today as a performer. As part of the comic duo Two Beats, Kitano was one of the leading figures in the manzai (stand-up comedy) boom in the late 1970s. With his distinctive art of speech and his idiosyncratic perspective...
“ Favourite Movies: Kikujiro, Brother, Zatoichi ” - mythie-me
Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella
and Dominic Minghella
, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of Hull...
“ Favourite movies: The English Patient, Truly Madly Deeply ” - mythie-me
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola
, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola
(née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ Favourite Movies: Dracula, The Godfather ” - mythie-me
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ Favourite Movies: Munich, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark ” - mythie-me
Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford University but while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession and developed a growing passion for film. Upon graduation, he worked a total of three days as an engineer at US Electrical Motors...
“ Because of well, pretty much everything. ” - mythie-me
Cecil B. DeMille
His parents Henry C. DeMille
and Beatrice DeMille
were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille
to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts...
“ Honorable Mention because I loved his sword-and-sandal stuff when I was a kid. ” - mythie-me