If you are August-born, you have reason to rejoice! You’re probably sharing your birthday with one of the world’s most legendary filmmakers. Yes, the month of August has produced some extraordinary talent in the craft of film-making. Without these geniuses, we would not have Titanic, Psycho, Alice in Wonderland, The Revenant, Avatar, The Birds, Edward Scissorhands, The Pianist or Gandhi. Our movie lists would have been pretty dull indeed. If you haven’t guessed them already, we bring you a list of the greatest filmmakers born in August. See if you share a birthday with any of these legends.
Alfred Hitchcock – August 13
The Master of Suspense needs no introduction. He has directed over 60 films – feature, short and television – in his career of over five decades. Some of his best and most popular movies include Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, Strangers On A Train, and North by Northwest. In spite of being one of the greatest filmmakers of his time, the man never won an Oscar. And you were feeling bad for Leo!
Alejandro González Iñárritu – August 15
He has bagged the Academy Awards for the past two years for Best Director and his movies won Best Film. Other than Birdman and The Revenant, Iñárritu’s other big movies include Babel, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, 21 Grams, starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, and Spanish films Biutiful and Amores Perros.
James Cameron – August 16
Cameron’s Titanic was a worldwide hit, and for most of us, an introduction to Hollywood cinema. Then came the science-fiction epic, Avatar, which made way for outstanding 3D technology. Before these blockbusters, Cameron also created the Terminator series, True Lies, The Abyss and Aliens.
Roman Polanski – August 18
This international filmmaker has made films in Poland, France, Britain and the US. His 2002 historical drama, The Pianist, garnered critical acclaim and received numerous awards. He is also popular for his other films from various genres, including Rosemary’s Baby, a psychological horror, Chinatown, a neo noir mystery, The Ghost Writer, a political thriller, and Carnage, a black comedy drama.
Tim Burton – August 25
Without Burton, we would never have seen the crazy sides of Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp. His films – Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeney Todd, Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride – were our introduction to the dark fantasy genre, with gothic themes. Besides, he had even directed the 1989 version of the Batman movie and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992.
Richard Attenborough – August 29
Attenborough was famous not only as a filmmaker, but also as an actor. He started his acting career in 1942, and has acted in over 70 films. You will remember him from the 1963 World War II epic, The Great Escape, or the 1993 sci-fi film, Jurassic Park. The directorial venture he is most known for is the 1982 biographical movie on the life of Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley.