Anderson, Brad: Indie Director (Darien Gap, Next Stop Wonderland) (Sundance)

Updated: Feb 2020

Beginnings: Anderson Sundance Film Fest Career

“The Darien Gap,” Brad Anderson’s first feature, screened in competition at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.  He was honored by Variety in 1997 as one of the “Ten Leading New Independent Directors to Watch.”

In 1998, his Sundance film “Next Stop Wonderland,” featuring Hope Davis and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, was picked up by Miramax. It won the Grand Prix and Audience awards at the Deauville Film Festival, as well as the Excellence in Filmmaking Award by the National Board of Review.

In 2001, he had the unusual experience of having two of his films simultaneously hit theaters: the romantic comedy “Happy Accidents” (IFC Films), which stars Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onofrio; and the psychological thriller “Session 9” (USA Films), which stars David Caruso, Josh Lucas and Peter Mullan.

In 2005, he made “The Machinist” (Paramount), which was produced and shot in Spain. It stars Christian Bale and Jennifer Jason Leigh and premiered at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival. It won the 2006 Silver Melies as part of the European Fantastic Film Festival.

The Hitchcockian thriller “Transsiberian,” which he co-wrote and directed, premiered at Sundance and Berlin, 2008. It was shot in Lithuania, Spain, and China and starred Emily Mortimer, Woody Harrelson, Ben Kingsley and Eduardo Noriega.

He then made the horror film Vanishing on 7th Street (2010), starring Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo and Thandie Newton.

Both Transsiberian and The Machinist were funded by Anglo-German production companies.

In 2013, Anderson directed The Call, a thriller starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.

This was followed by Stonehearst Asylum (aka Eliza Graves) in 2014, with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis and Ben Kingsley in the leading roles.

In 2018, Anderson directed the espionage thriller Beirut, which stars Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.

In 2019, Anderson directed the Netflix thriller film Fractured, starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky and Adjoa Andoh. The film was released on October 11, 2019.

Projects in development include: an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel “Concrete Island”; and a musical called “Non Stop to Brazil.”

His TV credits include episodes of Homicide; The Wire; The Shield; Surface; Sounds Like, an hour long film which he wrote and directed for Showtime’s Masters of Horror; as well as an episode of this season’s NBC horror anthology Fear Itself.