Six of the best: Brits to watch

Half-dozen of the hottest emerging Brit-screen talents

  • Steve McQueen – The Turner Prize-winning artist won the Caméra d’Or award at Cannes in 2008 for his first feature film, Hunger, which follows the final weeks in the life of the IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.
  • Joanna Hogg – A chance meeting with Derek Jarman led to Hogg making her first short film in the 1980s, but it took her until last year to release Unrelated, her acclaimed full-length debut, about an intergenerational romance.
  • Duane Hopkins – The multi-narrative Better Things (2008) follows a group of young people growing up in Hopkins’s native Cotswolds.
  • Andrea Arnold – This former television presenter’s thriller Red Road won a Bafta in 2007. The tale of a CCTV operator in Glasgow who stalks a man from her past, it has been compared favourably with the work of the directors Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier.
  • Edgar Wright – His comedies Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), both of which starred Simon Pegg, were hits. Wright is now co-writing Steven Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin, due in 2011.
  • Amma Asante – After a career as a child actor, notably on the television series Grange Hill, Asante moved into writing and directing. A Way of Life (2004) is a hard-hitting examination of a poor community in Wales.
  • This article first appeared in the 23 March 2009 issue of the New Statesman, Campbell guest edit