Sunday, April 8, 2012

75 Foreign Directors Who Have Made Movies In Britain


This list concerns movies both made and set in Britain, so old movies like David Copperfield (George Cukor, 1935) and Mrs Miniver (William Wyler, 1942), set in Britain but made on the Hollywood back-lot, are not included. Sometimes modern movies also use other countries as stand-in locations (eg Polanski’s Oliver Twist, made in the Czech Republic or Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous, made in Germany) but as long as it was wholly or mainly set in the UK and at least some of it has been filmed in the UK (like Braveheart for example, filmed in both Ireland and Scotland) I’ve included it.

For films where only a segment of the film takes place in the UK, I’ve included them only if it’s clear that the main focus is the UK, so Errol Morris’ Tabloid stayed in but Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter was left out.

1. Agnieszka Holland (Poland) - The Secret Garden (1993)
2. Alberto Cavalcanti (Brazil) - Went the Day Well? (1942)
3. Alejandro Amenebar (Spain) - The Others (2001)
4. Alexander Korda (Hungary) - The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
5. Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico) - Great Expectations (1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabhan (2004), Children of Men (2006)
6. Ang Lee (Taiwan) - Sense and Sensibility (1995)
7. Anton Corbijn (Netherlands) -  Control (2007)
8. Billy Wilder (US) - The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
9. Cary Fukunaga (US) - Jane Eyre (2011)
10. Chris Columbus (US) - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(2002)
11. Chris Weitz (US) - About a Boy (2002)
12. Cy Endfield (US) - Hell Drivers (1957)
13. David Cronenberg (Canada) – Spider (2002), Eastern Promises (2007)
14. David Lynch (US) - The Elephant Man (1980)
15. Don Siegel (US) - The Black Windmill (1974)
16. Edward Dmytryk (US) - End Of The Affair (1955)
17. Errol Morris (US) - Tabloid (2010)
18. Franco Zefferelli (Italy) - Jane Eyre (1996)
19. Francois Ozon (France) - Angel (2007)
20. Frank Tashlin (US) - The Alphabet Murders (1965)
21. Fred Schepisi (Australia) - Plenty (1985) Last Orders (2001)
22. Fred Zinneman (US) - A Man For All Seasons (1966)
23. Gillian Armstrong (Australia) - Death Defying Acts (2007)
24. Gurinder Chadha (Kenya) - Bhaji on the Beach (1993) Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
25. Hideo Nakata (Japan) -  Chatroom (2010)
26. Jacques Tourneur (France) - Curse of the Demon (1957)
27. James Ivory (US) - Howard’s End (1992)
28. Jane Campion (New Zealand) - Bright Star (2009)
29. Jean-Luc Godard (France) - Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
30. Jerzy Skolomiwski (Poland) - Deep End (1970), The Shout (1978) Moonlighting (1982)
31. John Huston (US) - The Mackintosh Man (1973)
32. John Landis (US) - An American Werewolf in London (1981), Burke and Hare (2010)
33. John Sturges (US) - McQ (1974), The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
34. Joseph Losey (US) - The Servant (1963),  Accident (1967), others
35. Joseph Mankiewicz (US) - Sleuth (1972)
36. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Spain) - 28 Weeks Later (2007) Intruders (2011)
37. Jules Dassin (US) - Night and the City (1950)
38. Karel Reisz (Czechoslavakia) - Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), others
39. Lars Von Trier (Denmark) - Breaking the Waves (1996)
40. Lone Scherfig (Denmark)– Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002),  An Education (2009)  One Day (2011)
41. Marc Forster (Germany) - Finding Neverland (2004)
42. Marcel Ophuls (France) - A Sense of Loss (1972)
43. Mark Romanek (US) -  Never Let Me Go (2010)
44. Mel Gibson (US) - Braveheart (1995)
45. Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy) - Blow-Up (1966)
46. Mike Nichols (US/Germany) - Wit (2001), Closer (2004)
47. Mira Nair (India) - Vanity Fair (2004)
48. Neil Jordan (Ireland) - Mona Lisa (1986), The End of the Affair (1999)
49. Otto Preminger (US) - Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) The Human Factor (1979)
50. Patrice Chéreau (France) - Intimacy (2001)
51. Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland) - Last Resort (2000), My Summer of Love (2004)
52. Peter Medak (Hungary) - A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972), The Ruling Class (1972), Let Him Have It (1991), others
53. Philip Noyce (Australia) - Patriot Games (1992)
54. Richard Donner (US) - The Omen (1976)
55. Richard Fleischer (US) - 10 Rillington Place (1970)
56. Richard Lester (US) - A Hard Day’s Night (1964) The Knack (1965)
57. Robert Aldrich (US) - The Killing of Sister George (1968)
58. Robert Altman (US) - Gosford Park (2001)
59. Robert Wise (US) - The Haunting (1963)
60. Roger Donaldson (New Zealand) - The Bank Job (2008)
61. Roman Polanski (Poland) - Repulsion (1965), Cul-De-Sac (1966) Macbeth (1971)
62. Sam Peckinpah (US) - Straw Dogs (1971)
63. Shekhar Kapur (India) - Elizabeth (1998)
64. Sidney J. Furie (Canada) - The Young Ones (1961) The Leather Boys (1964) The Ipcress File (1965)
65. Sidney Lumet (US)- The Deadly Affair (1966) The Offence (1972)
66. Stanley Donen (US) - Royal Wedding (1951), Bedazzled (1967)
67. Stanley Kubrick (US) - A Clockwork Orange (1971)
68. Steven Spielberg (US) - War Horse (2011)
69. Terry Gilliam (US) - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Jabberwocky (1977)
70. Thomas Alfredson (Sweden) - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
71. Tim Burton (US) - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Alice in Wonderland (2010)
72. Todd Haynes (US) - Velvet Goldmine (1998)
73. William Friedkin (US) - The Birthday Party (1968)
74. William Wyler (US) - The Collector (1965)
75. Woody Allen (US) - Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006), Cassandra’s Dream (2007), You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

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