List compiled by Eddie on 27/07/2018
In an industry jam-packed with uncountable numbers of filmmaker’s, it’s understandable that many director’s get lost in translation.
Below is a list of director’s who’ve gone about their business with less fanfare and public adoration than many of their compatriots and remain relatively unknown in a general public sense.
All are filmmaker’s of unique and varying abilities and traits, and deserve credit for their often brilliant and noteworthy pieces of work.
Happy reading and happy watching!
5. Shane Meadows
Best film – This Is England
Films of note – A Room For Romeo Brass, Dead Man’s Shoes, Somers Town, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
One of Britain’s greatest ever directors, who also constantly flies under the radar, Shane Meadows is a filmmaker who possesses a unique and emotionally resonate power and a filmmaker who often gives voice to the working class of his home country. His extensive work on both the This is England movie and follow up TV runs is one of the modern eras most successfully constructed character driven dramas, yet his name still is not known within the industry like it should be.
4. Rian Johnson
Best film – Brick
Films of note – The Brothers Bloom, Looper, Star Wars: Episode VIII
Garnering huge attention from the industry with his Joseph Gordon-Levitt starrer Brick and then losing fans with his more whimsical follow up The Brothers Bloom, some started to question the ability of Rian Johnson as a new talent, but his fun sci-fi Looper plus some of Breaking Bad’s very best episodes dispelled those fears, even though his a movie maker whose name would not be well known amongst the general populace, outside of those rabid Star Wars fanboy’s who found Johnson’s work on The Last Jedi subpar.
3. Walter Hill
Best film – The Warriors
While his film’s aren’t often works of art, Walter Hill certainly knows how to give the audience a great time. Turning his hand to many a cult film and also being involved with many other quality productions behind the scenes (including the ground-breaking Alien), Hill is one of the industry’s great unsung heroes and a director who provided us with some of the late 70’s and 80’s greatest hits.
2. Peter Weir
Best film – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Films of note – Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli, Witness, The Year of Living Dangerously, Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show
The Australian born director may’ve been nominated for 6 Oscars throughout his career (4 for directing) but his name is rarely mentioned in mainstream movie discussions or even in his home country. Producing quality works on home soil for many a year before successfully translating that to an even grander career in Hollywood, Peter Weir is a filmmaker who seems to care for his art and medium, yet perhaps doesn’t play the game enough to draw the attention his fellow master filmmaker’s get.
1. Frank Darabont
Best film – The Shawshank Redemption
Films of note – The Green Mile, The Majestic, The Mist
It’s somewhat sad we’ve never got to see too much of Frank Darabont the filmmaker but it’s undeniable that his influence on the modern era of film’s looms large. His feature film debut was the universally loved and adored The Shawshank Redemption and while only three feature length film’s have followed, they’ve all been quality pieces of filmmaking and without Darabont its unlikely so many millions of viewers would be enjoying The Walking Dead as they do as Darabont was a key reason behind its inception, even down to directing its famous pilot episode. His name may not be recognisable too many but we can all be thankful Darabont has shared his visions with us over these many years, even though we would’ve all loved to have seen more!