Directors - Anglophone

by angeliki_spatki | created - 29 Mar 2014 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

Great Britain's Directors - Irish, Australian also

1. Joe Wright

Director | Pride & Prejudice

Joe Wright is an English film director. He is best known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Anna Karenina (2012), and Darkest Hour (2017).

Wright always had an interest in the arts, especially painting. He would also make films on his Super 8 camera as well as spend time in the evenings...

"Atonement" *** 2007, Pride & Prejudice *** 2005 - UK

2. Stephen Daldry

Director | The Reader

In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the ...

The Reader **** 2008 - Read an article about today's trials of former Nazi Guards - relevant to the story of the movie - Dorset UK

3. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

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Dunkirk **** 2017, Interstellar 2014, The Prestige 2006, Insomnia 2002, Memento 2000, Following 1997 - London, UK

4. Mark Herman

Writer | The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Mark Herman born in 1954 in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England and is an English film director and screenwriter. He is mostly notable for writing & directing the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Mark Herman was educated at Woodleigh School, North Yorkshire. He was late entering...

5. Kevin Macdonald

Director | The Last King of Scotland

Kevin Macdonald was born on October 28, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a director and producer, known for The Last King of Scotland (2006), How I Live Now (2013) and State of Play (2009).

How I live now 2014, State of Play (2009) - Glasgow, UK

6. John Schlesinger

Director | Midnight Cowboy

Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War ...

Far from the madding crowd *** 1967 - (Hampstead), London UK

7. Stephen Frears

Director | Dangerous Liaisons

Stephen Frears was born on June 20, 1941 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Stephen Arthur Frears. He is a director and producer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Philomena (2013) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002). He has been married to Anne Rothenstein since 1992. They have two children. ...

The Program 2015, Chéri *** 2009, Queen, Liaisons Dangereuses *** 1988, High Fidelity ** 2000 - (Leicestershire) UK

8. Michael Winterbottom

Director | Genova

Michael Winterbottom was born on March 29, 1961 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. He is a director and producer, known for A Summer in Genoa (2008), A Mighty Heart (2007) and The Killer Inside Me (2010).

The Trip ('11), Genoa *** ('08), Jude 1996 - UK

9. Anthony Minghella

Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley

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...

Nine screenplay (2009), The Talented Mr Ripley *** (1999), The English Patient (1996), Truly Madly Deeply 1990 - (Isle of Wight) London UK

10. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

"Matchstick Men" *** 2003, Thelma & Louise 1991 - UK

11. Sam Mendes

Director | Skyfall

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

"An American Beauty" 1999 - UK

12. Tom Hooper

Director | The Danish Girl

Tom Hooper was educated at one of England's most prestigious schools, Westminster. His first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old and shot on a Clockwork 16mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. At age 18, he wrote, directed and produced the short film Painted Faces (1992), which ...

13. Peter Greenaway

Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...

The belly of an Architect (87) - (Wales) UK

14. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008). He is married to Bianca Stigter. They have two children.

Shame 2011 - (A Review), 12 Years a Slave 2013 - (Anatomy of a Scene) - London, UK

15. Paul Haggis

Writer | Crash

Paul Haggis established himself over twenty years with an extensive career in television, before his big break into features arrived when he became the first screenwriter to garner two Best Film Academy Awards back-to-back for his scripts: "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, ...

Crash - UK

16. Joel Hopkins

Director | Jump Tomorrow

Joel Hopkins was born on September 6, 1970 in London, England. He is a director and writer, known for Life: A User's Manual (2001), Jorge (1998) and Last Chance Harvey (2008).

Love Punch 2013, Last Chance Harvey *** 2009 - UK

17. Duncan Jones

Director | Moon

Duncan Jones was born on May 30, 1971 in Bromley, Kent, England as Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. He is a director and writer, known for Moon (2009), Source Code (2011) and Mute (2018). He has been married to Rodene Ronquillo since November 6, 2012. They have two children.

Source Code 2011, Moon 2009 UK

18. Oliver Parker

Actor | An Ideal Husband

Oliver Parker was born on September 6, 1960 in London, England. He is an actor and director, known for An Ideal Husband (1999), Dorian Gray (2009) and Hellraiser (1987).

The portrait of Dorian Gray *** (& Screenwriter) 2009 UK

19. Guy Green

Director | The Angry Silence

Guy Green is well known to film audiences. Formerly a cinematographer, he was the first British D.P. to receive an Academy Award for his black-and-white photography on David Lean's Great Expectations (1946). He founded the British Society of Cinematographers together with Freddie Young and Jack ...

20. John Badham

Director | WarGames

English-born "Army brat" John Badham is the son of English actress Mary Hewitt and the stepson of an American Army general. Raised in Alabama and schooled at Yale, he cut his teeth producing and directing for TV before making his feature debut with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor ...

GB (only borned)

21. James Marsh

Director | The Theory of Everything

James Marsh was born on April 30, 1963 in Truro, Cornwall, England. He is a director and producer, known for The Theory of Everything (2014), The King (2005) and Wisconsin Death Trip (1999).

Man on wire **** 2008 Biography of French tightrope walker Philippe Petit UK

22. Lewis Gilbert

Director | Alfie

Lewis Gilbert was a British film director, producer and screenwriter best known for Alfie (1966), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).

He also directed Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Educating Rita (...

Shirley Valentine 1989, Alfie 1966 UK

23. Ken Loach

Director | I, Daniel Blake

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into...

24. Neil Jordan

Writer | The Crying Game

Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...

The Crying Game ***** 1992 IR

25. Kenneth Branagh

Actor | Henry V

Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...

Valkyrie *** 2008, Sleuth **** 2007 (external review) IR

26. Lenny Abrahamson

Director | Room

Lenny Abrahamson was born in Dublin in 1966. He studied physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. While at university he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. He graduated in 1991 with first class honours (gold medal). His first short film...

Room IR

27. John Carney

Director | Sing Street

John Carney was born in 1972 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a director and writer, known for Sing Street (2016), Once (2007) and Begin Again (2013).

Sing Street 2017 IR

28. Andrew Haigh

Director | 45 Years

Andrew Haigh was born on March 7, 1973 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. He is a director and producer, known for 45 Years (2015), Lean on Pete (2017) and Weekend (2011).

45 Years 2015 - UK born, US lives

29. Terence Davies

Director | Distant Voices, Still Lives

Terence Davies was born on November 10, 1945 in Liverpool, England. He is a director and writer, known for Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The House of Mirth (2000) and A Quiet Passion (2016).

Deep blue sea 2011, The house of mirth (Το σπίτι της ευθυμίας) 2000 - UK Liverpool

30. Sean Ellis

Writer | Metro Manila

Sean Ellis was born in 1970 in Brighton, Sussex, England. He is a writer and director, known for Metro Manila (2013) and Anthropoid (2016).

Anthropoid ***** 2016 UK (Brighton Sussex )

31. Mike Newell

Director | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Attended Cambridge University. Three year training course at Granada Television, with intention of going into theatre. Graduated to directing TV plays, building strong reputation for work with David Hare, David Edgar, Hohn, John Osborne, Jack Rosenthal.

32. Mike Leigh

Director | Secrets & Lies

Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Secrets & Lies (1996), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.

Secrets and Lies *** 1996 (Μυστικά και Ψέματα)

33. Jack Clayton

Producer | The Innocents

Jack Clayton was born on March 1, 1921 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He was a producer and director, known for The Innocents (1961) (1961), Our Mother's House (1967) and Screen Two (1985). He was married to Haya Harareet, Katherine Kath and Christine Norden. He died on February 26, 1995 in ...

The Pumpkin Eater UK (East Essex) Brighton

34. Peter Brook

Director | Lord of the Flies

Born in London, Peter was educated at Westminster, and Magdalen College Oxford. He has staged numerous productions for Birmingham Rep, Stratford Upon Avon and Broadway. In 1962 he was appointed Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a position he held for 2 decades. His most famous stage ...

(Συναντήσεις με αξιοσημείωτους ανθρώπους)

35. Peter Hall

Director | Screen One

Sir Peter Hall directed his first play while he was still a student. He soon achieved prominence as a stage director. He started his occasional film work in 1968 with Work Is a 4-Letter Word (1968). He was the Artistic Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon from 1960 - 1968....

Three into two won't go 1968 UK (Britain's National Theatre)

36. John Madden

Director | Shakespeare in Love

John Madden was born on April 8, 1949 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He is a director and producer, known for Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Miss Sloane (2016).

37. David Lean

Director | Lawrence of Arabia

An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...

Brief Encounter 1948 based on Neil Coward's playwright, The Bridge on the River Kwai **** 1957 UK

38. Baz Luhrmann

Writer | Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann is an Australian writer, director, and producer with projects spanning film, television, opera, theatre, music, and recording industries. He is regarded by many as a contemporary example of an auteur for his distinctly recognizable style and deep involvement in the writing, directing, ...

The Great Gatsby *** 2015 AU

39. Michael Powell

Director | The Red Shoes

The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich ...

Age of Consent 1991 (Let yourself go... they do!)

40. John Schlesinger

Director | Midnight Cowboy

Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War ...

41. Ken Russell

Director | The Devils

Ken Russell tried several professions before choosing to become a film director; he was a still photographer and a dancer and he even served in the Army, but film was his destiny. He began by making several short films which paved the way for his brilliant television films of the 1960s that are ...

42. Clive Donner

Director | The Caretaker

British director Clive Donner was born in West Hampstead, London, England. By age 18 he was already working in the film business, as an office clerk at Denham Studios. He eventually became an editor and then graduated to the director's chair. After making a series of TV commercials, he made his ...

43. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Don't Look Now

When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...

Don't look now 1973, Walkabout 1971 - St John's Wood, London UK



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