Director: Jodie Foster – By Emily Elphinstone
Few people can say they’ve had a career in film spanning over 50 years; and even fewer can make this claim while still in their early fifties. But that’s exactly the position Jodie Foster is in, with 75 acting credits and 8 directing credits to her name to date.
Foster, who received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame earlier this month, appeared in a number of television series (including ‘The Doris Day Show’, and ‘The Partridge Family’) as a toddler; before graduating onto classics like ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’ before she even hit her teens.
Over the years she has starred in the likes of ‘Silence of the Lambs’, ‘Panic Room’, and ‘Inside Man’; gained a degree from Yale; and turned her hand to directing, and (briefly) producing, which she later described as ‘just a really thankless, bad job.’ There is even a Hollywood legend that Foster helped translate during Taxi Driver’s press call at the Cannes Film Festival aged 13, as she is fluent in French after studying at the Lycée Français de Los Angeles.
Though she first directed a feature back in 1991 with the positively received ‘Little Man Tate’ (in which she also starred), it is only in recent years that Foster has moved all her attentions on to Directing. While accepting the acclaimed Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes in 2013, Foster suggested that she would step back from acting, and she has done just that. Unfortunately 2011’s ‘The Beaver’ was largely overshadowed by the controversy surrounding star Mel Gibson just before the film’s release; but directing episodes of ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is The New Black’ earned Foster ‘Outstanding Direction’ award nominations from both the Directors Guild of America and the Emmy awards.
Now with ‘Money Monster’, Foster has surely created her most complete work as a director to date. Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell; the film focuses on corrupt corporations, digital finance, and live broadcasting. It is an incredibly political and relevant comment on today’s society, but also works as an accessible blockbuster thriller. Foster may have achieved a lot already, but one thing we can be sure of is that there’ll be plenty more to come. As she said in her Cecil B. DeMille speech: ‘Here’s to fifty more years!’
Jodie Foster – Films/ TV as a Director
Money Monster – 2016
Orange Is the New Black (TV Series) (2 episodes) – 2013-2014
– Thirsty Bird (2014)
– Lesbian Request Denied (2013)
House of Cards (TV Series) (1 episode) – 2014
– Chapter 22 (2014)
The Beaver – 2011
Home for the Holidays – 1995
Little Man Tate – 1991