John Cassavetes

Initially trained to be an actor, John Cassavetes debuted as a director in 1968 with Shadows, which was unenthusiastically received by audiences at the time, yet garnered interest from certain film critics (and won him the Venice Film Festival Critics Prize). After burning bridges with all major studios, the director pursued his unique way of filmmaking which led him to become one of the key figures of American independent cinema.

His works have characteristically portrayed deeply emotional stories, referred to as ‘naked human dramas’ which earned him the status of the father of uncompromising anti-studio filmmaking. 

Want to find out more? Read our fascinating feature about the unique partnership between Cassavetes and his wife, as well as favourite actress, Gena Rowlands.