Once upon a time Hollywood was the name and place known for its stellar and consistent delivery of high quality, emotionally moving cinema to the silver screens. The art of storytelling and high-level production behind the ‘Hollywood’ name has made the rest of the world looked stateside for the gold standard of filmmaking. However, on the other side of the pond, us Brits have been carving our own creative path. Although not as explosive as our US counterparts, the UK has spawned several generations of organic tales, all representing a different facet of our diverse British culture. Here are a handful of our favourite filmmakers, all hailing from this little island.
. Many of us, film fans or otherwise will remember the ground-breaking feature film 12 Years a Slave, where McQueen made history back in 2013 for being the first black director to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
In stark contrast, his other credits include several war-based films, with diverse time periods (Kingdom of Heaven- 2005) or settings in space such as the steampunk landscape found in the original Blade Runner released back in 1982. Tony, while still capable of delivering the same atmospheric tone as his brother, opted for the more rooted action/thriller movies. Denzel Washington fans will have caught his work in Crimson Tide (another war based in solely in a submarine), Man on Fire and other Tom Cruise collaboration Days of Thunder (1990).
Though this is a list of only 5 of the UK's film directors, there are countless of internationally known visionaries and of course the many up-and-comers from around the UK that we love to see grow! Some Honourable Mentions for some of the many UK Film Directors: Guy Ritchie, Gurinder Chadha, Tom Hopper, Lynn Ramsay, Ken Loach, Christopher Nolan, Richard Ayoade.
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