AGM Keynote Speaker


Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea P. Arnold. She has garnered recognition and awards in her field since her earliest ventures in the film industry in 1982. She has been widely critically acclaimed for several of her movies, such as American Honey (2016), Fish Tank (2009) and Red Road (2006) and the Oscar-winning short film, Wasp (2003). Her most recent venture, Big Little Lies (2017) season 2, will begin airing in June.For more information on Arnold's work, see here.


Quick Facts
  • She began her TV career after leaving school in the late '70s as a dancer on shows which included Top of the Pops (1964).

  • Studied the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. She graduated in 1991.

  • Was named among Britain's top 50 female power players on International Women's Day 2012 by officials from the U.K.'s Women in Film and TV organisation.

  • She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2011 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to film.

  • Three times winner of the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009) and American Honey (2016).

  • Favours shooting in a 4:3 aspect ratio

  • "No matter what happens to you in your life, all around you there are amazing things."

  • "Filmmaking is such a deliberate process, but within that there's room to be instinctive. Sometimes I don't understand why I've written what I've written or why my characters are doing what they're doing, but it feels right."

  • “I wonder whether my bleak-o-meter is set differently from other people's. I have such passion for what I do that I can't see it as bleak. When people use that word, or 'grim' or 'gritty', I just think, 'Oh, come on, look a bit deeper.' My films don't give you an easy ride. I can see that. The sense I get is that people have quite a physical experience with them. They feel afterwards that they've really been through something.”

  • [Accepting her Oscar for 'Wasp'] "As we say in England, this is the 'dogs bollocks'."


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