Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Watching an Andrea Arnold film is like getting into a car with a stranger. You are a little bit scared and incredibly tense because you have absolutely no idea where you are going or whether or not you are safe.
Arnold began her career in the 80's acting alongside Sandi Toksvig and Neil Buchanan in saturday morning kid's show No.73. Who would have thought that someone from that kind of background would later be compared with Lars Von Trier, Hitchock and Michael Hanake for her award winning directorial skills.
Fish Tank (2009) won Andrea Arnold the Bafta award for Outstanding British Film earlier this year and outstanding it was. Fish Tank was my favourite film of 2009, to read the Culturine review Click Here.
Prior to this Arnold's first foray into tension and cinema was Red Road (2006) a mysterious thriller set on a Glaswegian housing estate and told through CCTV. This film is where comparisons with Hanake were made as similar themes were explored in his film Hidden (2005).
But here is where it all began. Below in two thrilling parts is Andrea Arnold's short film Wasp (2003) which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at 2004's Oscars. It stars Natalie Press who later appeared in Red Road and the brilliant My Summer of Love (2004) and Danny Dyer, as well as some of the most authentic child actors I have ever seen. Andrea Arnold has signed up to direct yet another adaptation of Wuthering Heights in 2011. It will be interesting to see how she cranks the tension of a story with an already over familiar plot.