First impressions are everything. Whether it’s because of what you’re wearing, the way you speak, or the soup stain on your t-shirt, you can’t take back the moment when you first meet someone, even if you wanted to. For directors, this ‘moment’ lasts approximately 120 minutes long and is witnessed by thousands of cinema goers. Choose the wrong cast, the wrong script, and you’ve potentially ruined your chances of making it in the world of film. But choose correctly, and you will have made cinema history.
SON OF A GUN (released in the UK from 30th January) is Julius Avery’s debut film, which puts him in great company. Here are ten directors who hit the nail on the head with their directorial debuts with memorable and unique ways of telling stories.