Mike Figgis discusses his 30-plus year career as director of such films as Stormy Monday, Leaving Las Vegas, and Timecode. Figgis reveals his passion for drama, innovation, and his unending desire to experiment within the realm of narrative filmmaking.
Veteran British director Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Flash Gordon) discuses his long directorial career, explains why endurance is the most essential quality of a director and how the DGA protects its members in post-production.
Director John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights) discusses working his way through the studio system of Great Britain as an editor, second unit director and sound editor to directing five James Bond films—the most by any director.
Director Herbert Wise (I, Claudius; Skokie) shares his personal and professional stories from a five-decade long career. Fleeing Austria as a child to escape the Nazis, Wise found a new home in Great Britain, eventually directing for the BBC for more than 20 years and creating award-winning movies for television in the 70s and 80s.
Ronald Neame discusses his early days in silent pictures and as an assistant cameraman for Alfred Hitchcock on the first English Talkie, working with actors like Alec Guinness and Judy Garland, and directing films such as Tunes of Glory (1960) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).
Mick Jackson reflects on his career as a feature film and television director including his early work for the BBC, and his work in Hollywood on the feature films L.A. Story (1991) and The Bodyguard (1992), as well as movies for television such as Temple Grandin (2010).
British Director Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, The Spy Who Loved Me) shares stories and insights of his career from starting off as a child stage performer, working his way up as an assistant director for the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, to directing his own acclaimed movies—including three James Bond films.
Norman Jewison shares stories from his more than forty-year career beginning as a live television director before transitioning to direct genre-bending feature films that entertained and challenged audiences, such as The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming, In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, and Moonstruck.
Miloš Forman discusses his career from the difficulties making films like Loves of a Blonde and The Fireman's Ball under the Soviet
regime in his native Czechoslovakia, to directing award winning films like like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeaus with the creative freedom he found in the United States.
Acclaimed comedy director, writer and producer Jerry Zucker shares his experiences crafting iconic films like Airplane! and Ghost, and discusses collaborating with his brother David Zucker and friend Jim Abrahams, working with both comedic and dramatic actors, as well as his personal philosophies on humor.
Director and writer Joan Micklin Silver (Hester Street, Finnegan Begin Again, Crossing Delancey) shares insights and stories from her career directing independent features and movies for television.
Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural, Diner) reflects on his first big break on the local Los Angeles comedy show, Lohman and Barkley, his early apprenticeship with Mel Brooks as a writer, and his working methods and philosophy, including the importance of improvisation on the set.
Veteran director Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again) discusses his long career in film and TV, directing for some of the most well-known and beloved franchises of all time.
Director Robert Altman describes his working philosophy, often comparing filmmaking to painting, and discusses the sources of his storytelling and directing techniques he used on films like M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and The Player.