Lynch is perhaps best known as the figurehead of surrealist cinema. Drawing on dreamlike, sensual and violent imagery, both Twin Peaks and Lynch’s feature length films are renowned for the combination of horror and light-heartedness, the absurd and the familiar.
The British director, born in Singapore in 1915 and educated in Cambridge, cuts a Bond-esque figure in himself. This upbringing gave Young the suave to sharpen unknown entity and rough diamond Sean Connery into the archetypal Bond, who is still hailed as the most refined Bond as of yet.
Born in Milan into a rich, aristocratic family, Visconti grew up with a love of theatre and music. He moved to Paris in the 1930s, where he met prominent creative types such as Coco Chanel and Jean Renoir, who introduced him to the art of filmmaking.
From humble video shop origins to the Academy Awards, Quentin Tarantino is a master of dialogue and architect of influence, crafting cult classics across multiple genres and more than happy to add some of his non-linear flair to very delicate subject matters.
After the international success of films like Amores Perros, Babel and more recently Birdman: Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu has been branded as igniting the ‘Mexican movie renaissance’ by The Guardian, being the second Mexican film director in a row to win the Oscar for Best Director.
To date Clint Eastwood has directed 34 films, from his début Play Misty for Me, up to his most recent and perhaps most controversial, the Iraq War drama American Sniper. However Clint has stayed true to his acting origins, playing the lead role in 21 of them.