To make a masterpiece about greed, media manipulation and McCarthyism, you hire a director whose background is in comedy.
Gordon Willis was one of cinema’s greatest artists. Irrespective of genre: comedy, drama, thriller, musical or gangster picture, his style and technique was so unmistakable he should have been called a cinematrograph-auteur.
Here are two award winning short films I directed; Escape and The Last. A short documentary I co-directed with Conor Murphy, Danse à Lagrasse and a trailer to Poison Pen, a feature film written by Eoin Colfer that I co-directed with Lorna Fitzsimons and Jennifer Shortall.
The Searchers is both a cinematic monument and an extremely unsettling depiction of the racism that lies at the heart of America’s own mythology.
This short video-essay compares and contrasts the ways both Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles present the corrupting forces of wealth and power. Their narratives may be similar but they yield different results.
Steven Benedict is a well-known radio broadcaster, college lecturer, writer, producer, and director of films and documentaries.