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Overview (2)

Born in Dartford, Kent, England, UK
Birth NameAndrea P. Arnold

Mini Bio (1)

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea P. Arnold. She is an actress and writer, known for No 73 (1982), Fish Tank (2009) and American Honey (2016).

Trade Mark (1)

Favours shooting in a 4:3 aspect ratio

Trivia (11)

Invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Live Action Short Films Branch) in 2005.
Grew up as the eldest of four children in a council house in Dartford.
Studied the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. She graduated in 1991.
Has a daughter.
She began her TV career after leaving school in the late '70s as a dancer on shows which included Top of the Pops (1964).
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.
Trained at the PAL Lab (a workshop for artists and writers) in Kent and joined Screen South on their Trade Mission to Los Angeles in November 2004.
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.
Greenwich, London, England [December 2010]
Three times winner of the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009) and American Honey (2016).
She was forty-five years old when she directed her first feature film.

Personal Quotes (7)

[Accepting her Oscar for "Wasp"] "As we say in England, this is the 'dogs bollocks'."
Dramatically, I like darkness, I like conflict - but I don't see the world as defined by them. And why would I pretend to? That's not who I am.
Mainly it's just real life around me that inspires me. I see someone on the bus, and I want to write about them. But among filmmakers, I suppose Tarkovsky. He has something spiritual about him. His book 'Sculpting in Time' is on my bedside table.
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.
[on if the film festival experience has gotten any easier] I don't know if I'd use the word "easier"... it [the festival circuit] is quite a life, you know. You get to travel to all these different places and see the world. You meet loads of nice people and get free gifts. Best of all, you are allowed to be indulgent and talk about your work with people who actually listen and care. It's not exactly a hard life, is it? [laughs] I'm not going to knock it.

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