10 Directors Who Started Their Careers With a Masterpiece

By Vitor Guima

Making a great film as a career start is something that could suddenly launch a director to stardom and maybe guarantee the funding of his second film (or even the third and fourth). In film history, many acclaimed directors started their careers with movies that could easily be considered masterpieces and, among them, plenty could never make a better one than their first.

With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 directors who started their careers with a masterpiece. Knowing that 10 names do not come close to representing the many filmmakers that started with a great film, at the end of this article is a selection of many honorable mentions and, if you think a name is missing, please leave it in the comments section.

So, here are 10 directors that started their careers with a masterpiece.

10. Steve McQueen: Hunger (2008)

Three films in his career. Three great movies. Starting his career with the feature film “Hunger” in 2008, the movie that won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in that year, Steve McQueen went on to direct the critically acclaimed “Shame” in 2011, and in 2013, the Oscar-winning film “12 Years a Slave”.

In his debut film, McQueen tells the story of the IRA Hunger Strike that happened in Northern Ireland in 1981. With the greatest performance in Michael Fassbender’s career as the Republican Bobby Sands, “Hunger” is a visually brutal film that explores violence in the plurality of its nuances.

There is a 16-minute single shot in a conversation between Sands and Father Dominic Moran (Liam Cunningham) that is one of the most stunning dialogue scenes of this century. With many long shots that shows the claustrophobic environment of the prison, and the shock on the body and mind that the hunger strike → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema