Top documentaries on directors

78/52, the in-depth dissection of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho shower scene, arrives in UK cinemas on Friday 3 November. To coincide with the release, enjoy eight more of the best documentaries looking at the work of great directors behind the scenes.

 

Kent Jones’ canvasses industry figures to convey the importance of a meeting between two filmmakers at different stages of their careers. When young French director Francois Truffaut spoke to the wise, provocative Alfred Hitchcock for eight days in 1962, cinema history was made.

 

De Palma

From Hitchcock to a Hitchcockian - Brian de Palma is profiled by Noah Baumbach in this anecdotal doc as he recalls an array of behind-the-scenes tales and details the making of iconic scenes.

 

David Lynch: The Art Life

This doc wonderfully explores the filmmaker’s life away from filmmaking. David Lynch’s creative method is intimately detailed through his paintings, childhood experiences and hidden lifestyle.

 

Filmworker

Coming soon, Filmworker sees Leon Vitali, the actor who became Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant after a role in Barry Lyndon, recount his experience as the devoted right-hand man of the legendary director.

 

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The creative routine of the iconic Studio Ghibli is uncovered in this beautifully-made film, revealing the importance of collaboration in the animated narrative process.

 

Lost In La Mancha

Lost in La Mancha follows the chaotic failure of Terry Gilliam’s attempts at adapting Don Quixote for the screen. An essential watch, with Gilliam due to finally release his latest attempted adaptation in 2018.

 

Richard Linklater - Dream is Destiny

Following the career path of the renowned indie filmmaker and blending archival footage with new interviews, this doc is a must-watch for any budding directors and screenwriters, with Linklater’s DIY attitude on show.

 

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

A candid look at British filmmaking stalwart Ken Loach’s methods and motivation, in the run-up to the release of his BAFTA-winning drama I, Daniel Blake.