Fun Fridays – Director’s Favourite Films – Gus Van Sant

Hello Film Doctor friends.

The corporate drama Promised Land” starring Matt Damon and Frances McDormand hits UK screens today, so The Film Doctor Team are shining our spotlight on its director Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting”, “Milk”, “Elephant”).

Film Doctor - Promised Land Film Poster

Arts-educated, European aficionado, Gus Van Sant is known for both mainstream and arthouse productions, so it is interesting to see his chosen list of films – what mix of styles and genres could it be?

Introduction to avant-garde directors

Van Sant spent his student years at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he “entered the circles” of David Byrne & other members of Talking Heads.  The RISD is also where he discovered avant-garde directors like Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Andy Warhol – and this introduction quickly inspired him to change his major from painting to cinema.

Here is his list:


“Promised Land” opens in UK cinemas today, 19th April 2013.

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