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Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
The first image is up from writer/director/cinematographer Sean Ellis' ("Metro Manila," "Cashback") "Anthropoid," now filming in Czech Republic. Set in 1941, the World War II picture stars Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan and centers on the real-life assassination attempt on SS general and Holocaust engineer Reinhard Heydrich. The film follows two Czech paratroopers tasked with taking out Reinhard, known in their homeland as "The Butcher of Prague." Read More: Netflix War Drama 'Jadotville' Lines Up Macho Cast "Anthropoid" is written by Ellis and Anthony Frewin ("Colour Me Kubrick") and produced by 22h22's Leonard Glowinski, Anita Overland, Chris Curling, Krystof Mucha and David Ondricek. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London – The first image has been released from the World War II movie “Anthropoid,” which is headlined by “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy. Director Sean Ellis is shooting the film on location in the Czech Republic.
New cast members to sign up to the production include Toby Jones (“Infamous,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), Harry Lloyd (“The Theory of Everything,” “Game of Thrones”), Bill Milner (“X-Men: First Class,” “Son of Rambow”), Alena Mihulova (“Krava,” “Nevinnost”) and Sam Keeley (“Adam Jones,” “Jadotville”). They join the previously announced cast members Charlotte Le Bon (“Yves Saint Laurent,” “Bastille Day”) and Anna Geislerova (“Something Like Happiness,” “Zelary”).
The movie is set in 1941, when Czechoslovakia was occupied by Nazi forces, governed by SS General Reinhard Heydrich, nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague.” His reign of terror against the Czech resistance led Allied authorities in London to hatch a mission to assassinate him. »
- Leo Barraclough
In the beginning, things went a bit differently than the Good Book would have us believe — or at least, that’s the playful conceit behind Jaco Van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament,” an irreverent (but otherwise harmless) ontological satire that puts a cartoonish spin on the Christian origin story. Incidentally, Van Dormael has volunteered an alternate creation myth of some kind in all four of his features (which also include “Toto the Hero,” “The Eighth Day” and “Mr. Nobody”), only this time, the Belgian idea-meister goes as far as to target God directly, “outing” Him as kind of a jerk who lives in Brussels and sits at His personal computer, conjuring natural disasters as a way of staving off boredom. When his daughter rebels and decides to simultaneously enlighten everyone on earth, all hell breaks loose, and the narrative starts to lose its thread, unspooling zany consequences that ought to convert skeptical distributors worldwide. »
- Peter Debruge
It's been announced that Fifty Shades Of Grey actor Jamie Dornan will star opposite Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid, a World War II thriller from Cashback director Sean Ellis. Dornan and Murphy will play a pair of Czech soldiers who were involved with the 1942 assassination of high ranking Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich, also known as "The Butcher of Prague." Sean Ellis co-wrote the script with novelist and former Stanley Kubrick assistant Anthony Frewin, and the »
- Jesse Giroux
“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan is striking while the iron is hot, so to speak, as he has signed on to star opposite Cillian Murphy in the World War II thriller “Anthropoid,” it was announced Monday. Sean Ellis (“Cashback”) will direct the film, which examines the assassination attempt on Nazi general Reinhard Heydrich, aka “The Butcher of Prague,” who many believed would succeed Adolf Hitler. Dornan and Murphy will play a pair of Czech soldiers tasked with the deadly mission. Also Read: ‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel? Universal Not Talking but There Are 245 Million Reasons to Say Yes Ellis co-wrote the. »
- Jeff Sneider
Irish actor Jamie Dornan, currently on the big screen in "Fifty Shades of Grey" and on Netflix's moody crime drama "The Fall," has yet another project on his busy horizon. Dornan is set to star opposite Cillian Murphy in Oscar-nominated director Sean Ellis' ("Cashback," "Metro Manila") World War II picture "Anthropoid" about the real-life assassination attempt on SS general and Holocaust engineer Reinhard Heydrich. The film follows two Czech paratroopers tasked with taking out Reinhard, known in their homeland as "The Butcher of Prague." This year, Dornan will also shoot Netflix-acquired historical drama "Jadotville" as a Un commander who fell under siege in the Congo in 1961. The film debuts on the streaming service in 2016. Dornan also has roles in two films currently in post: an untitled John Wells chef comedy and Alexandre Aja's mystery-thriller "The 9th Life of Louis Drax." And of course, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Not just a one hit wonder! Coming off of the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, leading man Jamie Dornan has already been cast in a new film. The Irish actor, 32, who portrayed kinky billionaire Christian Grey, will next appear in a World War II drama Anthropoid, The Guardian reports. Dornan will play a Czechoslovakian soldier involved in the real-life assassination attempt on SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. The film is being directed by Brit Sean Ellis, who is best known for his independent films Cashback and [...] »
The film’s title refers to the code-name for the Allied operation to assassinate Heydrich, the head of the SS who was one of the main architects of the Holocaust and was widely considered number three in the Nazi ranks behind Hitler and Himmler .
Operation Anthropoid was led by two soldiers (trained by British forces) from Czechoslovakia’s army-in-exile who were parachuted into their homeland to carry out the mission against the Nazi nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague”.
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9 items from 2015
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