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Brad Anderson



Born in Connecticut in 1964 as the nephew of character actress Holland Taylor, the inspiringly successful writer/director Brad Anderson graduated from Boston's Bowdoin College, taught courses at the Boston Film and Video Foundation, and attended the London Film School before he directed his first fictional work at age 31. Anderson entitled that 1995 short Frankenstein's Planet of Monsters!. 1996's The Darien Gap followed -- a feature-length effort about a young man (Lyn Voss, portraying himself) whose persistent dreams of filming the great Patagonian sloth prevent him from sustaining a relationship with the woman he loves (Sandi Carroll). Critics responded favorably (if limitedly), but -- as is so often the case with a first feature -- the most interesting story unfolded behind the camera. Anderson (like the legendary Robert Townsend) funded Darien on credit cards. As in Townsend's case, the gamble paid off -- Hollywood came calling, and Anderson's subsequent effort, the 1998 feature Next Stop Wonderland, hardly needs an introduction for those attuned to the U.S. indie film scene. Starring Hope Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the pic -- set, of course, in Boston -- covers that ever familiar singles landscape (the territory of Crowe and Linklater), but does so with such grace and finesse that it transcended clichés and became not just a hit (grossing several times its budget) but, love it or hate it, a seminal work of American independent cinema.

Anderson's follow-up, the whimsical Happy Accidents, opened in 2001 to mixed reviews; it stars vets Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio and covers thematic territory similar to Wonderland but injects the fantasy element of time travel. Anderson's horror feature Session 9 hit cinemas that same year; a supernatural thriller, it weaves the tale of a cleaning crew commissioned to clear the asbestos from an abandoned mental hospital, who find their sanity crumbling when faced with the gothic atmosphere. Anderson's fourth effort, the grimy and bleak chiller The Machinist (2004), stars Christian Bale as blue-collar worker Trevor Reznik, a zero of a man who hangs onto to sanity with the tips of his fingernails as he wastes away to nothing. Responses were generally positive; the majority of critics and viewers acknowledged the intelligence of Anderson's (and Bale's) artistry, even as they felt driven away by the sheer unpleasantness of the enterprise. More or less concurrently with the production of this film, Anderson tried his hand at television, directing episodes of such acclaimed series as The Wire and The Shield. In 2006, Anderson announced production on a new feature, Trans-Siberian, a thriller about a couple who assist a Russian police officer with his hunt for a murderer who rubbed out a drug dealer.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Shadow Run
  • Director
2017
52% Stonehearst Asylum
  • Director
2014
44% The Call
  • Director
2013
49% Vanishing On 7th Street
  • Director
2011
93% Transsiberian
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Whirlwind
  • Desmond
2007
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2006
77% The Machinist
  • Director
2004
72% Happy Accidents
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2001
63% Session 9
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2001
74% Next Stop Wonderland
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
92% Fringe
2008-2013
  • Director
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Director
74% Frequency
2016
  • Director
Treme
  • Director
70% The Killing
2011-2014
  • Director
36% Undercovers
2010
  • Director
No Score Yet The Shield
2002-2008
  • Director
69% Rubicon
2010
  • Director
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Director
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Director
92% Person Of Interest
2011
  • Director
57% Forever
2014-2015
  • Director
69% Almost Human
2013-2014
  • Director
58% Alcatraz
2012
  • Director
74% Zoo
2015-2016
  • Director

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