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Andrea Arnold is a Director and Scriptwriter British born on 5 april 1961 at Dartford (United-kingdom)

Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 5 april 1961 (59 years) at Dartford (United-kingdom)
Awards Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Andrea Arnold, OBE (born 5 April 1961) is an English filmmaker and former actress, who made her feature film directorial debut in 2006 with Red Road.

Biography

Arnold was born on 5 April 1961 in Dartford, Kent, where she was the eldest of four children. She was born when her mother was only 16 years old and her father was 17, and they separated when she was very young. Her mother had to bring up all four children alone, which is reminiscent of Arnold's own directorial debuted short, Wasp. When people are asked if the story is in any way biographical, Arnold replies "I grew up in a working class family, so I guess you could say I write from what I know." Even as a young girl, she was writing dark stories about human experience. In an interview, Arnold speaks about how when she was a mere 10 years old, she wrote her first play that expressed her "horror" of the slave trade, and a few years later while studying for a dance GCSE, she made a performance piece; "I took quotes from the Diary of Anne Frank and read them aloud as I moved around the room. All the other kids would just bung on some pop music and dance. I remember the examiners sitting there looking at me, perplexed." Arnold left high school when she was 16, when she was drawn to becoming an actress. When Arnold was 18 years old she left Kent for London where she began working as a host and actress for a children's TV show called "No. 73". She worked in TV for the next 10 years, while continually writing on the side. She began scripting her youth oriented environmental series titled "A Beetle Called Derek" in the mid-1990s, where she began to yearn to direct. Arnold realised she could turn her stories into films, so she studied at the American Film Institute of Los Angeles where she gained experience in the film industry. After finishing school and returning to Britain she had her daughter, Coral and began making short films for TV.

Best films

Wasp (2003)
(Director)

Usually with

Paul Trijbits
Paul Trijbits
(2 films)
Natalie Press
Natalie Press
(2 films)
Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
(1 films)
Riley Keough
Riley Keough
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Andrea Arnold (5 films)

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Director

American Honey, 2h43
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Shia LaBeouf, Sasha Lane, Arielle Holmes, Riley Keough, Will Patton
Rating69% 3.498353.498353.498353.498353.49835
A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a travelling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Wuthering Heights, 2h9
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romantic drama, Romance
Actors Kaya Scodelario, Oliver Milburn, Nichola Burley, Amy Wren, James Northcote, Steve Evets
Rating59% 2.999492.999492.999492.999492.99949
En visite à Liverpool, Monsieur Earnshaw, un fermier habitant sur une colline du Yorkshire au nord de l'Angleterre,
Fish Tank
Fish Tank (2009)
, 2h4
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes L'adolescence, Dance films, Films about children, Films about families, Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films
Actors Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Harry Treadaway, Joanna Horton, Jason Maza
Rating72% 3.6484453.6484453.6484453.6484453.648445
Mia Williams is a volatile and socially isolated 15-year-old. She lives on an East London council estate with her single mother, Joanne, and younger sister, Tyler, and is highly antagonistic toward both of them. Mia is a loner, appearing to have had a falling out with her best friend Keely. She provokes Keely's other friends and head butts another girl when Mia criticises their dance routine. Mia regularly practises hip-hop dance alone in a deserted flat.
Red Road
Red Road (2006)
, 1h53
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press, Paul Higgins
Rating67% 3.3973153.3973153.3973153.3973153.397315
Jackie Morrison (Kate Dickie) works in Glasgow as a CCTV operator, monitoring the Red Road Flats. She has little to no personal life and engages in occasional sex with married colleague Avery (Paul Higgins). While watching a man and woman have sex in a laneway, Jackie recognises the man and begins inquiring about him. It is revealed that he is Clyde Henderson (Tony Curran), a prisoner who was released on good behaviour. She begins stalking Clyde, "accidentally" meeting him at different places. She learns he is sharing an apartment with fellow ex-con Stevie (Martin Compston) and works as a locksmith. She meets him at a cafe and learns he is throwing a party at the apartment. She breaks into his apartment, claiming to have been invited to the party. She begins exchanging looks with a drunk Clyde and they dance. Eventually, over time, she attends his parties and plans to frame him for raping her to have him sent back to prison. They have sex and she steals the condom, storming out. She returns to her apartment and stages rape on herself. She visits the police and they identify Clyde as the rapist and arrest him. A few days later, she returns to visit Clyde, but is met by Stevie. He demands to know why she is following Clyde and she reveals that he got high on crack cocaine and drove into a bus stop, instantly killing her husband and daughter. She intends to have him back to jail. Upon learning Clyde has a daughter, she calls the police and has them pull the charges. Clyde confronts Jackie about her scheme and they argue. He apologises for killing her family and asks for forgiveness. They make amends and go their separate ways.
Wasp
Wasp (2003)
, 26minutes
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Natalie Press, Danny Dyer
Rating75% 3.795033.795033.795033.795033.79503
Zoe, rapidly descending a flight of stairs, baby in hand, and three other children in tow. Zoe gets into a physical altercation with the neighbour. Tensions remain high as the two women and their children shout at one another and hurl insults.

Scriptwriter

American Honey, 2h43
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Shia LaBeouf, Sasha Lane, Arielle Holmes, Riley Keough, Will Patton
Roles Writer
Rating69% 3.498353.498353.498353.498353.49835
A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a travelling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Wuthering Heights, 2h9
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romantic drama, Romance
Actors Kaya Scodelario, Oliver Milburn, Nichola Burley, Amy Wren, James Northcote, Steve Evets
Rating59% 2.999492.999492.999492.999492.99949
En visite à Liverpool, Monsieur Earnshaw, un fermier habitant sur une colline du Yorkshire au nord de l'Angleterre,
Fish Tank
Fish Tank (2009)
, 2h4
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes L'adolescence, Dance films, Films about children, Films about families, Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films
Actors Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Harry Treadaway, Joanna Horton, Jason Maza
Roles Writer
Rating72% 3.6484453.6484453.6484453.6484453.648445
Mia Williams is a volatile and socially isolated 15-year-old. She lives on an East London council estate with her single mother, Joanne, and younger sister, Tyler, and is highly antagonistic toward both of them. Mia is a loner, appearing to have had a falling out with her best friend Keely. She provokes Keely's other friends and head butts another girl when Mia criticises their dance routine. Mia regularly practises hip-hop dance alone in a deserted flat.
Red Road
Red Road (2006)
, 1h53
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press, Paul Higgins
Roles Writer
Rating67% 3.3973153.3973153.3973153.3973153.397315
Jackie Morrison (Kate Dickie) works in Glasgow as a CCTV operator, monitoring the Red Road Flats. She has little to no personal life and engages in occasional sex with married colleague Avery (Paul Higgins). While watching a man and woman have sex in a laneway, Jackie recognises the man and begins inquiring about him. It is revealed that he is Clyde Henderson (Tony Curran), a prisoner who was released on good behaviour. She begins stalking Clyde, "accidentally" meeting him at different places. She learns he is sharing an apartment with fellow ex-con Stevie (Martin Compston) and works as a locksmith. She meets him at a cafe and learns he is throwing a party at the apartment. She breaks into his apartment, claiming to have been invited to the party. She begins exchanging looks with a drunk Clyde and they dance. Eventually, over time, she attends his parties and plans to frame him for raping her to have him sent back to prison. They have sex and she steals the condom, storming out. She returns to her apartment and stages rape on herself. She visits the police and they identify Clyde as the rapist and arrest him. A few days later, she returns to visit Clyde, but is met by Stevie. He demands to know why she is following Clyde and she reveals that he got high on crack cocaine and drove into a bus stop, instantly killing her husband and daughter. She intends to have him back to jail. Upon learning Clyde has a daughter, she calls the police and has them pull the charges. Clyde confronts Jackie about her scheme and they argue. He apologises for killing her family and asks for forgiveness. They make amends and go their separate ways.
Wasp
Wasp (2003)
, 26minutes
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Natalie Press, Danny Dyer
Roles Writer
Rating75% 3.795033.795033.795033.795033.79503
Zoe, rapidly descending a flight of stairs, baby in hand, and three other children in tow. Zoe gets into a physical altercation with the neighbour. Tensions remain high as the two women and their children shout at one another and hurl insults.