A great directorial debut can make careers, or at the very least give them an irrefutable piece of cinematic fame. Just ask guys like Darren Aronofsky (Pi), Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), and George Miller (Mad Max). There’s just nothing quite like seeing a fresh-faced director tell a story to the masses for the first time. Think back. What is your favorite debut? For me, I’m inclined to say Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko. Yeah, he didn’t exactly pick up on the momentum a film like that afforded him, but that’s a moment that will always resonate with me.
Among all the duds, there’s been an inspiring trend of newcomers breaking into the scene with feature-film debuts. With Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane captivating theaters this weekend – already racking up impressive reviews from critics – we’ve compiled a list of successful directorial debuts that have been released since 2010.
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