Brad Anderson

Highest Rated: 93% Transsiberian (2008)
Lowest Rated: 45% The Call (2013)
Birthday: May 24, 1924
Birthplace: Madison, Connecticut, USA
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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
82% Beirut Director 2018
No Score Yet La Vida del Elefante Director 2017
No Score Yet Almost Human - An Elephant's Life Director 2017
No Score Yet Shadow Run Director 2017
53% Stonehearst Asylum Director 2014
45% The Call Director 2013
47% Vanishing On 7th Street Director $22.7K 2011
93% Transsiberian Screenwriter Director $2.1M 2008
No Score Yet Whirlwind Desmond 2007
No Score Yet Masters of Horror Screenwriter Director 2006
77% The Machinist Director $1M 2004
72% Happy Accidents Screenwriter Director 2001
63% Session 9 Director Screenwriter 2001
75% Next Stop Wonderland Director Screenwriter 1998

TV

CREDIT
77% Frequency
2016-2017
Director
  • 2016
82% Zoo
2015-2017
Producer Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
57% Forever
2014-2015
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
69% Almost Human
2013-2014
Director
  • 2013
60% Alcatraz
2012
Director
  • 2012
92% Person Of Interest
2011
Director
  • 2012
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011-2016
Director
  • 2012
71% The Killing
2011-2014
Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
92% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
96% Treme
2010-2013
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
90% Fringe
2008-2013
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
69% Rubicon
2010
Director
  • 2010
36% Undercovers
2010
Director
  • 2010
17% Surface
2005-2006
Director
  • 2006
63% Masters of Horror
2005-2007
Screenwriter Director
  • 2006
  • 2005
96% The Wire
2002-2008
Director
  • 2006
  • 2002
88% The Shield
2002-2008
Director
  • 2003
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Director
  • 1999
  • 1995
No Score Yet Treme
Director

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