Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Ann Bigelow is an American film director. Her best-known films are the cult horror film Near Dark (1987), the surfer/bank robbery action picture Point Break (1991), the historical/mystery film The Weight of Water (2000) and the war drama The Hurt Locker (2008). The Hurt Locker won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Picture, won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama. With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics' Choice Award for Best Director. In April 2010, Bigelow was named to the Time 100 list of most influential people of the year.

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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Liam Neeson  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Joss Ackland

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Liam Neeson  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Joss Ackland

Point Break (1991)

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In Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers who call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. Believing that the members of the gang could be surfers, the F.B.I. sends young agent Johnny Utah to the beach ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Keanu Reeves  •  Gary Busey  •  Lori Petty

In Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers who call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. Believing that the members of the gang could be surfers, the F.B.I. sends young agent Johnny Utah to the beach ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Keanu Reeves  •  Gary Busey  •  Lori Petty

Strange Days (1995)

Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Angela Bassett  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Juliette Lewis

Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Angela Bassett  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Juliette Lewis

Born in Flames (1983)

In a future where a socialist government gains power, a group of women decides to organize and rebel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lizzie Borden
CAST:  Honey  •  Adele Bertei  •  Jean Satterfield  •  Florynce Kennedy

In a future where a socialist government gains power, a group of women decides to organize and rebel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lizzie Borden
CAST:  Honey  •  Adele Bertei  •  Jean Satterfield  •  Florynce Kennedy

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Jason Clarke  •  Mark Strong  •  Joel Edgerton

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Jason Clarke  •  Mark Strong  •  Joel Edgerton

The Set-Up (1978)

The Set-Up is Kathryn Bigelow's student film at Columbia about the exploration of 'why violence in cinematic form is so seductive'. It featured two men beating each other to a pulp in a dark alley, while two professors analyzed the philosophy of it all on the ...  (more)

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The Set-Up is Kathryn Bigelow's student film at Columbia about the exploration of 'why violence in cinematic form is so seductive'. It featured two men beating each other to a pulp in a dark alley, while two professors analyzed the philosophy of it all on the ...  (more)

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The Loveless (1981)

Trouble ensues when a motorcycle gang stops in a small southern town while heading to the races at Daytona.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Monty Montgomery
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Robert Gordon  •  Marin Kanter  •  J. Don Ferguson

Trouble ensues when a motorcycle gang stops in a small southern town while heading to the races at Daytona.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Monty Montgomery
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Robert Gordon  •  Marin Kanter  •  J. Don Ferguson

The Hurt Locker (2008)

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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jeremy Renner  •  Anthony Mackie  •  Brian Geraghty  •  Guy Pearce

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jeremy Renner  •  Anthony Mackie  •  Brian Geraghty  •  Guy Pearce

Near Dark (1987)

A farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Adrian Pasdar  •  Jenny Wright  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Bill Paxton

A farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Adrian Pasdar  •  Jenny Wright  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Bill Paxton

Blue Steel (1990)

Megan Turner, a female rookie cop, gets involved in an armed robbery that goes awry. A witness becomes obsessed with her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Ron Silver  •  Clancy Brown  •  Elizabeth Peña

Megan Turner, a female rookie cop, gets involved in an armed robbery that goes awry. A witness becomes obsessed with her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Ron Silver  •  Clancy Brown  •  Elizabeth Peña

And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)

The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Annette Bening  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Cher

The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Annette Bening  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Cher

Last Days (2014)

A short film about elephant poaching.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
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A short film about elephant poaching.  (more)

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The Weight of Water (2000)

A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Catherine McCormack  •  Elizabeth Hurley  •  Sarah Polley

A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Catherine McCormack  •  Elizabeth Hurley  •  Sarah Polley

Detroit (2017)

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A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  John Boyega  •  Will Poulter  •  John Krasinski  •  Anthony Mackie

A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  John Boyega  •  Will Poulter  •  John Krasinski  •  Anthony Mackie

Touched by the Hand of God (1987)

The concept of this promo directed by Kathryn Bigelow was proposed by New Order's manager Rob Gretton, who was inspired by the clichés of the videos of then-popular American glam metal groups on MTV. Bigelow intercut the band footage with a narrative between Bill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Bernard Sumner  •  Peter Hook  •  Stephen Morris  •  Gillian Gilbert

The concept of this promo directed by Kathryn Bigelow was proposed by New Order's manager Rob Gretton, who was inspired by the clichés of the videos of then-popular American glam metal groups on MTV. Bigelow intercut the band footage with a narrative between Bill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Bernard Sumner  •  Peter Hook  •  Stephen Morris  •  Gillian Gilbert

Living in Darkness (2002)

A documentary featuring the cast and crew of "Near Dark" reminiscing about the film's production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Gregory
CAST:  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Bill Paxton  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Edward S. Feldman

A documentary featuring the cast and crew of "Near Dark" reminiscing about the film's production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Gregory
CAST:  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Bill Paxton  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Edward S. Feldman

Beyond Melodrama: Kathryn Bigelow on Douglas Sirk (2009)

Kathryn Bigelow talks about the work of film director Douglas Sirk.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Fischer
CAST:  Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow talks about the work of film director Douglas Sirk.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Fischer
CAST:  Kathryn Bigelow

Done To (1974)

"Done To" (sometimes called "It Is, Done To") consists of simple camera frames which are silent and/or unconnected to a complex soundtrack running parellel to the images. There are brief instances where image and sound meet; however, the majority of the images are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Weiner
CAST:  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Sharon Haskell  •  Lawrence Weiner

"Done To" (sometimes called "It Is, Done To") consists of simple camera frames which are silent and/or unconnected to a complex soundtrack running parellel to the images. There are brief instances where image and sound meet; however, the majority of the images are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Weiner
CAST:  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Sharon Haskell  •  Lawrence Weiner

Cinefile: Reel Women (1995)

Interviews with women directors working in Hollywood and Europe in the early 1990s, exploring the opportunities and obstacles that face them. A program made to accompany a Channel 4 season of films directed and produced by women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Rodley
CAST:  Allison Anders  •  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Gurinder Chadha  •  Jan Chapman

Interviews with women directors working in Hollywood and Europe in the early 1990s, exploring the opportunities and obstacles that face them. A program made to accompany a Channel 4 season of films directed and produced by women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Rodley
CAST:  Allison Anders  •  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Gurinder Chadha  •  Jan Chapman

The Protectors (2017)

A short VR documentary exposing the dangerous and grueling reality faced by rangers protecting African elephants from ivory poachers. Over 30,000 African elephants die each year at the hands of poachers, and despite global outcry the trafficking continues. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Imraan Ismail
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A short VR documentary exposing the dangerous and grueling reality faced by rangers protecting African elephants from ivory poachers. Over 30,000 African elephants die each year at the hands of poachers, and despite global outcry the trafficking continues. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow  •  Imraan Ismail
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