Helmers’ class of ’97 update

Last year was the debut of Daily Variety‘s 10 “Helmers to Watch” list. Here’s a quick update on how several of the honorees have fared over the past 12 months:

Brad Anderson — Following up his critically acclaimed debut “The Darien Gap,” Anderson’s sophomore pic “Next Stop Wonderland” is unspooling at Sundance in the official dramatic competition.

Wes Anderson — For his sophomore follow-up to “Bottle Rocket,” Anderson is in production on another coming-of-age tale, the much-touted “Rushmore” for Touchstone, and co-starring Bill Murray.

Alfonso Cuaron — After his critically acclaimed Warner Bros. pic “A Little Princess,” Cuaron has his imaginative update on Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” rolling into theaters later this month.

Leon Gast — The vet documentarian’s Thrilla in Manila opus “When We Were Kings” collected the Oscar and the Golden Globe for best feature doc.

Jan Sverak — Along with garnering the biggest B.O. for any film in Czech filmmaking history, Czech director Sverak went on to win the best foreign-language Golden Globe and Oscar for his film “Kolya,” and is now in production on a World War II film about Czech pilots in the Royal Air Force.

Michael Winterbottom — After seeing his film “Welcome to Sarajevo” garner an official competition slot at last year’s Cannes fest, Brit filmmaker Winterbottom is set up to direct John Irving’s “The Cider House Rules” for Miramax.

More Film

  • China Regulator Calls Korean Film, TV

    China’s SARFT Head Calls Korean Film, TV Blockade an ‘Emotional Issue’

    Last year was the debut of Daily Variety‘s 10 “Helmers to Watch” list. Here’s a quick update on how several of the honorees have fared over the past 12 months: Brad Anderson — Following up his critically acclaimed debut “The Darien Gap,” Anderson’s sophomore pic “Next Stop Wonderland” is unspooling at Sundance in the official […]

  • Morelia: Locarno Industry Academy Hosts Third

    Morelia: Locarno Industry Academy Ready for Third Mexican Installment

    Last year was the debut of Daily Variety‘s 10 “Helmers to Watch” list. Here’s a quick update on how several of the honorees have fared over the past 12 months: Brad Anderson — Following up his critically acclaimed debut “The Darien Gap,” Anderson’s sophomore pic “Next Stop Wonderland” is unspooling at Sundance in the official […]

  • Five projects vie for prizes at

    Morelia: Five Projects Vie for Prizes at Pix-in-Post Program Impulso Morelia

    Last year was the debut of Daily Variety‘s 10 “Helmers to Watch” list. Here’s a quick update on how several of the honorees have fared over the past 12 months: Brad Anderson — Following up his critically acclaimed debut “The Darien Gap,” Anderson’s sophomore pic “Next Stop Wonderland” is unspooling at Sundance in the official […]

  • 'The Fortress' Review

    Film Review: 'The Fortress'

    Last year was the debut of Daily Variety‘s 10 “Helmers to Watch” list. Here’s a quick update on how several of the honorees have fared over the past 12 months: Brad Anderson — Following up his critically acclaimed debut “The Darien Gap,” Anderson’s sophomore pic “Next Stop Wonderland” is unspooling at Sundance in the official […]

  • Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

    Film Review: 'Never Here'

    Last year was the debut of Daily Variety‘s 10 “Helmers to Watch” list. Here’s a quick update on how several of the honorees have fared over the past 12 months: Brad Anderson — Following up his critically acclaimed debut “The Darien Gap,” Anderson’s sophomore pic “Next Stop Wonderland” is unspooling at Sundance in the official […]

  • Busan: Hong Sang-soo Trio Set for

    Busan: Hong Sang-soo Film Trio Set for U.S. Release

    Last year was the debut of Daily Variety‘s 10 “Helmers to Watch” list. Here’s a quick update on how several of the honorees have fared over the past 12 months: Brad Anderson — Following up his critically acclaimed debut “The Darien Gap,” Anderson’s sophomore pic “Next Stop Wonderland” is unspooling at Sundance in the official […]

  • Film Victoria Hires Caroline Pitcher as

    Film Victoria Hires Caroline Pitcher as CEO

    Last year was the debut of Daily Variety‘s 10 “Helmers to Watch” list. Here’s a quick update on how several of the honorees have fared over the past 12 months: Brad Anderson — Following up his critically acclaimed debut “The Darien Gap,” Anderson’s sophomore pic “Next Stop Wonderland” is unspooling at Sundance in the official […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content