Four Of The Best Indie Directors Working Today

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Steve McQueen

This Turner Prize winning artist has quickly established himself as one of the best directors in the world.

With an uncompromising  style, McQueen is not scared to tackle subjects other filmmakers wouldn’t touch with a boom mic.

Inspired by pop art icon Andy Warhol, the British artist started out screening black and white shorts on gallery walls as part of his exhibitions.

But, unlike Warhol, McQueen was able to effortlessly transfer his talents to feature filmmaking with his impressive debut Hunger (2008), which detailed the imprisonment of IRA member Bobby Sands, played by actor Michael Fassbender.

With his next project, Shame (2011), McQueen did the unthinkable, and made a thoughtful and occasionally harrowing study of a man struggling with sex addiction. in addition, 12 Years A Slave (2013) won multiple Oscars, including Best Picture.

There is no doubt that McQueen’s experience making shorts as an artist, will have contributed to his rapid development as an award winning feature filmmaker.

Noah Baumbach

Baumbach’s propensity to center his films around self-involved characters generally divides critics and audiences alike.

After making three middling features in the 1990s, Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical The Squid and The Whale (2005), brought him to the attention of the mainstream.

Baumbach is a friend and frequent collaborator of Wes Anderson, co-writing the critically acclaimed The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) with the director.

In fact, both filmmakers share a similar style, with Woody Allen’s influence clearly evident in both their work.

The director’s Frances Ha (2013), which was co-written with lead actress Greta Gerwig, owed much to Allen’s classic Manhattan (1980), and was warmly received by critics, and he followed it up with While We’re Young (2014) and more.

Mark and Jay Duplass

The Duplass brothers have quickly grown a cult following thanks to their unique style and humor.

Their heavily improvised debut feature, The Puffy Chair (2005), screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and featured both Mark Duplass and his parents in starring roles.

The brothers subsequent features, including Cyrus (2010) starring Jonah Hill, and Jeff Who lives At Home (2011), can best be described as unconventional feel good movies that rely on awkward humor.

Interestingly, the filmmaking duo produce HBO’s Togetherness, which also features Mark in one of the lead roles, along with other TV and film projects.

Andrew Dominik

The tag line for all Dominik’s films should be ‘good things come to those who wait.’ Three films in twelve years is not exactly prolific output, but the end product is always worth waiting for.

Dominik burst onto the scene with Chopper (2000) which depicted the life of notorious Australian writer, gangster and raconteur Mark ‘Chopper’ Reid.

But while Domink’s directing may have been overshadowed by Eric Bana’s electrifying central performance, the same could not be said for his next film.

After a 7 year wait, Domink directed, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), which is one of the best American films of the last 10 years.

Brad Pitt’s terrifying portrayal as the outlaw, was eclipsed by Roger Deakin’s breathtaking cinematography. If you still haven’t seen this film , go out and buy it now!

The filmmaker’s last movie, Killing Them Softly (2012), again starring Pitt, was a bleak assessment on the US’s social and economic shortcomings. Once again, the cinematography, this time by Greig Fraser, was of the highest possible standard.

And, in typical Domink style, his next project, Blonde, will open in 2018 after a delay.

About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.