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Cult Filmmakers

50 Movie Mavericks You Need to Know (Cult Figures)

Kristelle Rodeia (Illustrator), Ian Haydn Smith


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Whether pioneering in their craft, fiercely and undeniably unique, or critically divisive, cult filmmakers come in all shapes and guises. Some gain instant fame, others instant notoriety, and more still remain anonymous until a chance change in fashion sees their work propelled into the limelight. 

In this nifty little book, Ian Haydn-Smith handpicks a selection of brilliant directors you should know – from industry heavyweights like Tim Burton and David Lynch, to the strange and surreal imaginings of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ana Lily Amirpour. Discover the minds behind such beloved features as MelancholiaEasy RiderLost in Translation and more. From little knowns with small, devout followings, to superstars walking the red carpet, each is special in their individuality and their ability to inspire, antagonise and delight

Cult Filmmakers is an essential addition to any film buff's archive, as well as an entertaining introduction to the weird and wonderful world of cinema.
Also in the series: Cult Artists, Cult Musicians + Cult Writers

The filmmakers: 
Ana Lily Amirpour, Kenneth Anger, Gregg Araki, Darren Aronofsky, Mario Bava, Kathryn Bigelow, Anna Biller, Lizzie Borden, Tim Burton, John Carpenter, Park Chan-Wook, Benjamin Christensen, Vera Chytilova, Sofia Coppola, Roger Corman, Alex Cox, David Cronenberg, Claire Denis, Amat Escalante, Abel Ferrara, Georges Franju, Lucio Fulci, Terry Gilliam, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Dennis Hopper, King Hu, Jim Jarmusch, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Harmony Korine, Barbara Loden, David Lynch, Guy Maddin, Russ Meyer, Oscar Micheaux, Takashi Miike, Gaspar Noe, Gordon Parks, George A. Romero, Ken Russell, Susan Seidelman, Seijun Suzuki, Larisa Shepitko, Quentin Tarantino, Melvin van Peebles, Lars von Trier, John Waters, Nicolas Winding Refn, Edward D. Wood Jr., Brian Yuzna.

Praise For Cult Filmmakers: 50 Movie Mavericks You Need to Know (Cult Figures)

"Mr. Smith's definition of “cult” might not be what everyone expects...he explains that “rather than offering an authoritative guide through a rich history of cult filmmaking, this book aims to be another voice in the conversation about cult cinema.”—Cinema Sentries

"Never dull, this release will also give insight into other lesser known sub-genres of film...and, Cult Filmmakers might even introduce readers to filmmakers they have never heard of before."—28 Days Later Analysis

"If you are a self-proclaimed cinephile like myself, then this is a must have, must read, must research companion that is highly entertaining and educational."—Jennifer Turner, Horror DNA

"Cinephiles will relish this insightful, crisply written little volume...Fans of offbeat cinema will enjoy Smith's perceptive and engaging study."—Kirk Bane, Midwest Book Review

White Lion Publishing, 9780711240261, 144pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

About the Author

IAN HAYDN SMITH is a UK-based writer and editor. As a journalist he has written on film and the arts for numerous media outlets, both print and broadcast. From 2007 to 2012 he was editor of International Film Guide. Since 2011 he has been editor of Curzon Magazine and is series editor of 24 Frames. He has spoken at film festivals and cultural events around the world, both as a critic and as a representative of the British Council. He has interviewed a variety of filmmakers and artists, including Ralph Fiennes, Clint Eastwood, Isabelle Huppert, Alan Bennett, Ang Lee, Agnès Varda, Terry Gilliam and Anton Corbijn. Recent publications include editing the updated edition of 1001 Movies to See Before You Die. He lives in London.