5 – Female Trouble – John Waters, 1974
Working relentlessly on his dark comedy, John Waters acted as director, co-composer, co-editor, producer when creating Female Trouble. Typically, the film features the likes of Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce and Mink Stole who Waters created strong working relationships with.
4 – Atomic Blonde – David Leitch, 2017
Based on the 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, David Leitch managed to successfully combine all elements or an action spy film with a female lead. Released to positive realists, Atomic Blonde was a huge hit at the box office and grossed well over £100million in what was Leitch’s directional debut.
3 – Let the Sunshine In – Claire Denis, 2017
Given its premiere as part of the ‘Directors Fortnight’ section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Denis’ film Let the Sunshine In is an adaptation of Roland Barthes’s 1977 text A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments with a comedic edge.
2 – Heaven Knows What – Ben and Joshua Safdie, 2015
Based on Mad Love in New York City, the unpublished memoir Arielle Holmes’ life as a homeless heroin addict living on the streets of New York City, Ben and Joshua Safdie delivered a cinematic experience which delves deeper and more harrowingly into the life of a drug addict like no other.
1 – American Psycho – Mary Harron, 2000
Mary Harron’s neo-noir psychological horror was released in 2000 to positive reviews and impressive box office results. With a cast containing the likes of Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Chloë Sevigny, Reece Witherspoon and more, the film’s legacy has only grown stronger in the years that have gone by.