THE NEXT GENERATION
Brandon Cronenberg is not the only child of a great director to have sat behind the megaphone. Here are five more currently at work.
Though neither Somewhere nor Marie Antionette was entirely satisfactory, Francis Ford Coppola’s only daughter is still currently more bankable than her distinguished dad. Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides remain key films from the turn of the century. Still hipper than the hippest hipster.
Ivan Reitman scored huge hits with Ghostbusters and Twins. Jason managed Oscar nods with two of his first four pictures: Juno and Up in the Air. Currently directing Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in an adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day. His off-centre Young Adult was somewhat unfairly maligned.
David Lynch’s daughter has enjoyed (or endured) one of Hollywood’s odder careers. Boxing Helena, her poorly received 1993 debut, ultimately propelled Kim Basinger, who backed out of the starring role, into bankruptcy. It took another 15 years for the characteristic Lynchian madness to continue with Surveillance (awful), Hisss (barely released) and last year’s Chained (worth a glance).
John Cassavetes is unquestionably one of the most influential of all American directors. But the great realist never had a smash as a big as his son’s irresistibly lachrymose The Notebook. Since that 2004 film swelled cinemas, Nick has directed Alpha Dog, a funky crime drama starring Justin Timberlake, and the very soppy My Sister’s Keeper. Also an actor.
After training as a landscape gardener, Goro was eventually lured back to the family business to help out dad, the imperishable Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. His first film for Studio Ghibli was the indifferently received Tales of Earthsea. His follow-up, From Up on Poppy Hill, was, however, lauded on its Japanese release and is set to receive an international outing later this year.