ScreenAnarchy's Best Of 2013 - Best New Talent

Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China (@Marshy00)
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The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team ScreenAnarchy to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to those films that have made a particularly strong impact over the past twelve months. 

While we all love to follow the careers of certain filmmakers and flock to see our favourite stars in their latest roles, at ScreenAnarchy we are also passionate about new talent. There is an incredibly rewarding sense of discovery when you stumble upon a new director or actor, and ScreenAnarchy has always championed the work of new and innovative voices in the world of cinema arguably even more than the established artists and auteurs working within the medium. Here are just a few of the fresh new faces that have made us sit up and take notice in 2013.

Matt Johnson - Writer, Director, Editor, Producer, Star of The Dirties

Todd Brown - Founder & Editor
Johnson's a crazy person and crazy talented. His debut feature is audacious and full of heart.

James Marsh - Asian Editor
The Dirties made into my Top 10 of the year for the way it was able to entertain and frighten simultaneously. It tackles the anxieties of high school and growing up, the always-difficult relationship between violence and the media, while also managing to explore the changing way we interact with technology and make movies. At the centre of all of this is Matt Johnson, a young, energetic and singular presence both on and offscreen who has proven with this incredible debut that he has plenty to say and hopefully a long and fruitful career ahead of him.

Ben Umstead - East Coast Editor
It's true that The Dirties star and director Matt Johnson is something of a wunderkind. But for anyone who has seen the meta-fiction film on bullying and school violence, it's also very clear that Johnson is not an autuer. The film's complex take on American youth comes together because of the seemingly invisible, yet genuinely genuis work of Evan Morgan and Jared Raab who, like Johnson, hold multiple credits on the film. And that's all held together by producer Matthew Miller.

Jaime Grijalba - Contributing writer
Acting, producing, writing "The Dirties" is maybe one of the most impressive things that someone can do in their lifetime, and for this to be his debut (pretty much) in all these areas is even more impressive, I love this movie and I hope that it gets the attention of those in search of filmmakers to look forward to.

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  • Peter Cornelissen

    Blue Ruin certainly is a good call

    and my votes would go to:
    direction: Leonardo Brzezicki for Noche
    actress: Lindsay Burdge for a Teacher
    actor: Caleb Landry Jones for Antiviral (and he stood out in Byzantium too)
    production... don't know, but I'll say Kickstarter, that really seemed to take flight this year

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