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Best of British

For the past few years (and arguably the decades which preceded them), the impact of British directors, writers and actors in Hollywood has been hard to ignore. However, there are also a number of filmmakers who have found great success both critically and commercially with movies made and based in the UK.

This success hasn’t escaped the attention of studio bosses in Hollywood, and many of the directors in particular are now making the leap from low budget fare to movies with budgets of 0 million or more. Here, we count down just six of the best British directors you should be keeping an eye on over the next year.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these selections, so be sure to let us know what you think below.

6. Joe Cornish

Joe Cornish

Attack the Block was a fantastic debut for Joe Cornish, but the movie infuriatingly failed to make an impact at the box office. However, a combination of the positive reviews and his collaboration with Edgar Wright on the likes of The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man made it clear that Cornish was a talent that Hollywood needed to keep an eye on. As a result, it didn’t take too long for the writer and director to emerge as a favourite to take over the Star Trek franchise from J.J. Abrams.

That’s a prized gig and a surefire sign that his work on the science fiction action comedy horror film set on a South London council estate hadn’t gone unrecognised, but rather than follow in the footsteps of someone else, Cornish signed on to launch his own franchise with Universal’s Section 6. The historical spy thriller follows the formation of MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the James Bond, and it’s definitely one to watch out for.

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