Brad Anderson (director)

Brad Anderson (born 1964) is an American film director, producer and writer.[1] A director of thriller and horror films and television projects, he is best known for having directed The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale, psychological horror film Session 9 (2001) and The Call (2013), starring Halle Berry. He also produced and directed several installments of the Fox science fiction television series Fringe.

Brad Anderson
Anderson at the Berlin Film Festival, 9 February 2008
Born1964 (age 5455)
Madison, Connecticut, United States
Alma materLondon Film School
Years active1995–present
Known for


Early life

Anderson was born in Madison, Connecticut, the son of Pamela Taylor Anderson, a community services administrator.[2] He is the nephew of Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor. Before he began his film career, he attended Bowdoin College, where he majored in anthropology and Russian. He then went to London to finish his film education at London Film School before returning to Boston.

Film career

Anderson started out directing the romantic comedy films Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Happy Accidents (2000). The films were Sundance Film Festival audience favorites.

His next film was the 2001 psychological horror film Session 9. Unsuccessful at the box office, the film has since gained a cult following.[3] In 2002, Anderson was a member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival.

This was followed by his most notable work to date, The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale. The film became well-known for Bales' dramatic weight loss (62 pounds) for the lead role, and for its screenplay, written by Scott Kosar.

His next two films were Transsiberian (2008), a thriller starring Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley and the horror film Vanishing on 7th Street (2010), starring Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo and Thandie Newton. Notably, both Transsiberian and The Machinist were funded by Anglo-German production companies.

At one point, he was also one of the candidates to direct the sequel to Paranormal Activity.[4]

In 2013, Anderson directed The Call, a thriller starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.[5]

This was followed by Stonehearst Asylum (aka Eliza Graves) in 2014, with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis and Ben Kingsley in the leading roles.[6]

In 2018, Anderson directed the espionage thriller Beirut, which stars Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.[7]

Recently, Anderson has directed the Netflix thriller film Fractured, starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky and Adjoa Andoh. The film was released on October 11, 2019.[8]

Television work

Anderson has directed numerous episodes of Fringe, as well as two episodes each of The Wire, The Killing, and Boardwalk Empire.

Anderson was one of the contributors to the horror series Masters of Horror, directing the season two episode "Sounds Like".

Anderson directed the pilot episode of the ABC prime time series Forever.[9]

He also directed the pilot episode of CBS's Zoo.

Future projects

Anderson replaced Joseph Ruben as director of Bold Films thriller Jack[10] in May 2010, and cast John Cusack for the lead,[11] who has since been replaced by Liev Schreiber. Anderson was supposed to direct The Living and the Dead,[12] based on the novel of the same name by Robert Tinnell and Todd Livingston.[13]

After working together on The Machinist, Anderson and Christian Bale have had plans to collaborate again on an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel Concrete Island.[14]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1995 Frankenstein's Planet of Monsters! Yes No Yes Short film
1996 The Darien Gap Yes Yes Yes
1998 Next Stop Wonderland Yes Yes No
2000 Happy Accidents Yes Yes No
2001 Session 9 Yes Yes No Co-writer with Stephen Gevedon
2004 The Machinist Yes No No
2008 Transsiberian Yes Yes No Co-writer with Will Conroy
2010 Vanishing on 7th Street Yes No No
2013 The Call Yes No No
2014 Stonehearst Asylum Yes No No
2018 Beirut Yes No No
2019 Fractured Yes No No
Year Title Episodes
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street "Bones of Contention"
2002–2006 The Wire "The Cost"
"A New Day"
2003 The Shield "Inferno"
2006 Masters of Horror "Sounds Like"
2008 Fear Itself "Spooked"
2008–2011 Fringe "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones"
"The Transformation"
"There's More Than One of Everything"
"Night of Desirable Objects"
"Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver."
"The Plateau"
"One Night in October"
"And Those We've Left Behind"
2010 Treme "Shallow Water, Oh Mama"
2010 Rubicon "A Good Day's Work"
2010 Undercovers "Assassin"
2010–2011 Boardwalk Empire "Belle Femme"
"Battle of the Century"
2011 The Killing "Orpheus Descending"
2011 Treme "Carnival Time"
2012 Person of Interest "Legacy"
2012 Alcatraz "Cal Sweeney"
2012 The Killing "Numb"
2013 Almost Human "Pilot"
2014–2015 Forever "Pilot"[9]
"The Ecstasy of Agony"
"The Last Death of Henry Morgan"
2015 Zoo "First Blood"
2016 Frequency "Pilot"
2017–18 The Sinner "Part IV"
"Part VI"
2017 The Brave "Pilot"
2018 Titans "Titans"
"Hawk and Dove"
2019 Treadstone "The Kentucky Contract"
"The Bentley Lament"


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  2. "Brad Anderson Biography (1964–)". Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  3. Tobias, Scott (November 24, 2010). "Session 9 | Film | The New Cult Canon | The A.V. Club". Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  4. "Paranormal Activity 2 Directing Gig Attracting Some Big Names | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dread Central. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  5. Cook, Tommy (March 11, 2013). "Director Brad Anderson Talks THE CALL, Setting the Pace of the Film, His Fascination with Contained Spaces, and More". Collider. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  6. ""STONEHEARST ASYLUM" (Blu-ray Review)". Archived from the original on 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
  7. Myers, Jeff (April 23, 2018). "Shifting Sands: Director Brad Anderson on Making Beirut, and Managing a Career of Genre and Budget-Hopping". MovieMaker. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  8. N'Duka, Amanda (November 12, 2018). "Sam Worthington Set As Lead In Brad Anderson-Directed Netflix Film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  9. Kondolojy, Amanda (September 23, 2014). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Forever', 'Dancing With the Stars' & 'The Big Bang Theory' Adjusted Up; 'Scorpion' & 'America's Next Top Model' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  10. "Brad Anderson Introduced to 'Jack', a Serial Killer with Amnesia | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dread Central. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  11. "John Cusack Signed On for Brad Anderson's 'Jack'".
  12. "Brad Anderson to Direct The Living and the Dead | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dread Central. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  13. "Brad Anderson to Adapt 'The Living and the Dead'". Bloody Disgusting. 14 October 2009.
  14. Fischer, Russ (February 9, 2011). "Brad Anderson and Christian Bale Plan to Reunite for Adaptation of J.G. Ballard's 'Concrete Island'". SlashFilm. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
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