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  1. Lana and Lilly Wachowski
    Lana and Lilly Wachowski have redefined the technically and topically possible while joyfully defying audience expectations. Visionary films like The Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas have made them the world's most influential transgender... Learn More
    Published: 15th November 2018
    Hardback | £79.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  2. Abbas Kiarostami
    Before his death in 2016, Abbas Kiarostami wrote or directed more than thirty films in a career that mirrored Iranian cinema's rise as an international force. His 1997 feature Taste of Cherry made him the first Iranian filmmaker... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2018
    Paperback | £16.99
  3. Michael Bay

    Michael Bay

    By Lutz Koepnick

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    If size counts for anything, Michael Bay towers over his contemporaries. His summer-defining event films involve extraordinary production costs and churn enormous box office returns. His ability to mastermind breathtaking spectacles... Learn More
    Published: 5th February 2018
    Hardback | £79.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  4. Kelly Reichardt

    Kelly Reichardt

    Written by Katherine Fusco and Nicole Seymour

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    Kelly Reichardt's 1994 debut River of Grass established her gift for a slow-paced realism that emphasizes the ongoing, everyday nature of emergency. Her work since then has communed with--yet remained apart from--postwar European... Learn More
    Published: 30th November 2017
    Hardback | £76.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  5. Jan  Svankmajer
    Jan Svankmajer enjoys a curious sort of anti-reputation: he is famous for being obscure. Unapologetically surrealist, Svankmajer draws on the traditions and techniques of stop-motion animation, collage, montage, puppetry, and... Learn More
    Published: 28th November 2017
    Hardback | £76.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  6. Wes Anderson

    Wes Anderson

    By Donna Kornhaber

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom have made Wes Anderson a filmmaking force. Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums have become quotable cult classics. Yet every new Anderson release brings out droves of critics... Learn More
    Published: 16th August 2017
    Hardback | £76.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  7. Cristi Puiu

    Cristi Puiu

    By Monica Filimon

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    Cristi Puiu's black comedy The Death of Mr. Lazarescu announced the arrival of the New Romanian Cinema as a force on the film world stage. As critics and festival audiences embraced the new movement, Puiu emerged as its lodestar... Learn More
    Published: 1st February 2017
    Hardback | £76.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  8. Paul Thomas Anderson

    Paul Thomas Anderson

    By George Toles

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    Since his explosive debut with the indie sensation Hard Eight , Paul Thomas Anderson has established himself as one of contemporary cinema's most exciting artists. His 2002 feature Punch-Drunk Love radically reimagined the... Learn More
    Published: 1st August 2016
    Hardback | £76.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  9. John Lasseter

    John Lasseter

    By Richard Neupert

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    Celebrated as Pixar's "Chief Creative Officer," John Lasseter is a revolutionary figure in animation history and one of today's most important filmmakers. Lasseter films from Luxo Jr. to Toy Story and Cars 2 highlighted... Learn More
    Published: 15th May 2016
    Hardback | £76.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  10. Agnes Varda

    Agnes Varda

    By Kelley Conway

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    Both a precursor to and a critical member of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda weaves documentary and fiction into tapestries that portray distinctive places and complex human beings. Critics and aficionados have celebrated... Learn More
    Published: 15th November 2015
    Hardback | £68.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  11. Francis Ford Coppola

    Francis Ford Coppola

    By Jeff Menne

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    Acclaimed as one of the most influential and innovative American directors, Francis Ford Coppola is also lionized as a maverick auteur at war with Hollywood's power structure and an ardent critic of the postindustrial corporate... Learn More
    Published: 8th December 2014
    Hardback | £60.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  12. Emir Kusturica

    Emir Kusturica

    By Giorgio Bertellini

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    Emir Kusturica is one of Eastern Europe's most celebrated and influential filmmakers. Over the course of a thirty-year career, Kusturica has navigated a series of geopolitical fault lines to produce subversive, playful, often... Learn More
    Published: 3rd December 2014
    Hardback | £60.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  13. Terence Davies

    Terence Davies

    By Michael Koresky

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    Called the most important British filmmaker of his generation, Terence Davies made his reputation with modern classics like Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, personal works exploring his fractured childhood... Learn More
    Published: 8th September 2014
    Hardback | £60.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  14. Spike Lee

    Spike Lee

    By Todd McGowan

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    Since the release of Do the Right Thing in 1989, Spike Lee has established himself as a cinematic icon. Lee's mostly independent films garner popular audiences while at the same time engaging in substantial political and social... Learn More
    Published: 7th January 2014
    Hardback | £76.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  15. Christian Petzold

    Christian Petzold

    By Jaimey Fisher

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

    In eleven feature films across two decades, Christian Petzold has established himself as the most critically celebrated director in contemporary Germany. The best-known and most influential member of the Berlin School, Petzold's... Learn More
    Published: 8th November 2013
    Hardback | £76.00
    Paperback | £16.99
  16. Todd Haynes

    Todd Haynes

    By Rob White

    Series Contemporary Film Directors

    University of Illinois Press

     Todd Haynes's films are intricate and purposeful, combining the intellectual impact of art cinema with the emotional accessibility of popular genres. They are also underpinned by a serious commitment to feminism and queer... Learn More
    Published: 6th February 2013
    Hardback | £76.00
    Paperback | £16.99
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