Top 10 of the most promising upcoming British film directors around today

Following the demise of the Film Council, and all the doom-laden prophecies that brought, it may feel odd to think that we’re seemingly on the cusp of very exciting times for the British film industry. We may no longer have a dedicated body helping get films out there, but what we do have is an abundance of incredibly talented filmmakers, all beginning to make their mark and establish themselves as serious players globally. Help is also at hand to support new talent – Pinewood Studios have launched a new initiative to fund British films, and their first project is the quite wonderful A Fantastic Fear of Everything. So with that success fresh in our minds, let’s celebrate some of the British talent to look out for. It’s in no particular order, and I’ve left off such filmmakers as Duncan Jones who have already made it, but below are ten major talents.

Crispian Mills

Yep. That Crispian Mills. As in Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills. Rock star turned debut director with his film A Fantastic Fear of Everything, it seems that Mills may have found his true calling after all. Working with fellow debut director Chris Hopewell, A Fantastic Fear of Everything is an assured first film, with an absolutely blinding first half (it doesn’t quite keep up the quality the whole way, but it’s a definite treat throughout) which makes you forget that this could easily be portrayed as a musician having a laugh and making a film because they can. Instead what you have is someone who understands the language of film, and how to get the best out of his cast and crew while putting a personal spin on the material. While Crispian Mills comes from a theatrical family (his mother is Hayley Mills), it’s no easy thing to take on the responsibility of a film set and get a watchable, let alone enjoyable, product out of it.

via Top 10 upcoming British directors | Den of Geek.

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