There are some directors that carry so much clout, that simply their name will fill seats in theaters. The likes of Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino are as big and famous as the stars in their films, but what about the many other talented directors who fly under the radar? There is a host of extremely talented directors, both new and old, who are sadly somewhat unknown. If you haven’t heard of any of these directors, do both yourself and them a favor by checking out some of their work. You won’t be disappointed.
10. Taika Waititi
Trying to establish yourself as a director when you are situated in New Zealand is no easy feat, but Taika Waititi is doing his part and has a cult following for his fantastic style of comedy. Those that are familiar with the comedy series Flight of the Conchords are more likely to know of Waititi, as he is a part of the same circle and his films feature a similar deadpan style of humor. If you are a fan of this style, and Flight of the Conchords, then you will simply love his work and particularly his most recent film, the mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, which he also stars in alongside Jermaine Clement as a group of vampires in a house-share. He has also directed the excellent Eagle vs. Shark (again starring Clement), and 2010’s Boy, which became the highest grossing New Zealand film at the local box office.