Notable films: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
Sean Durkin's career makes the case for collaboration between filmmakers. His partnership with director Antonio Campos has yielded three powerful films: 2008's Afterschool, which Campos directed and Durkin produced; 2011's Martha Marcy May Marlene, which Durkin directed and Campos produced; and 2012's Simon Killer, directed by Campos and produced by Durkin. A strong shared style unites the three films; each one is chilly and clean-looking, like polished steel sculptures.
Durkin's only feature explores the difficulties one young woman (played by Elizabeth Olsen) faces after leaving a violent cult. Precise editing braids her time in the cult with her new life in her older sister's care, making for a hypnotic, nerve-rattling experience.
The next project we'll see from the Canadian filmmaker and producer is a three-part miniseries produced by Channel 4 in the UK entitled Southcliffe. Employing a similarly stylish editing style, it details the aftermath of a shooting in a small town. —RS