by Alex Antliff.
Film directing, on first glance, would appear to be an old man’s game. Pick nearly any noted director, from heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott to the likes of Ang Lee, Peter Jackson and J.J Abrams, and you’ll find that they all have one thing in common – a degree of seniority, with almost every established director or recent winner of the Academy Award for Best Director ranging from their late forties to late sixties in age.
Some might argue that this is because high quality filmmaking requires both maturity and significant experience in the field, which can only come through time, evidenced by how individuals such as David Fincher, Danny Boyle and Tony Scott respectively honed their skills with music videos, theatre and adverts for many years before moving into films. Others may argue, however, that a good director is shaped by dedication to their craft, evidenced by Spielberg making Jaws at the age of 29 or Quentin Tarantino breaking into the industry at the same age despite his lack of professional qualifications or experience.
Whichever way you look at it, esteemed older directors seem to outnumber the young, but here are fifteen directors, in alphabetical order, who have both excellent track records and time on their side for the continued creation of excellent films in the future…
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