The TV shows and films top directors are watching in lockdown

Guillermo del Toro, Darren Aronofsky, Ari Aster and more list their quarantine streaming habits

Annie Lord
Tuesday 21 April 2020 15:26 BST
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A number of top film directors have been revealing on Twitter the TV shows, books and films they are using to pass the time while they stay inside to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The first to offer suggestions was Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro who has been forced to stop filming his upcoming feature Nightmare Alley.

His top film pictures included Gustaf Molander’s A Woman’s Face, Ermanno Olmi’s Il Posto, and Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood and Tomboy.

The 55-year-old director has also been introducing his kids to “bulletproof stuff” such as Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

As for Television, del Toro lists Ozark, Better Call Saul and Chopped as his favourites.

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson replied to del Toro by saying he was enjoying Alex Garland’s new TV show Devs which has just ended its run on Hulu.

“It is a compelling thriller built upon some very advanced science/philosophy many-worlds theories and the visuals are gorgeous,” he wrote. “Just an amazing show.”

Black Swan’s Darren Aronofsky said that he had recently enjoyed Barton Fink, Amelie, Rashamon, and Total Recall.

Midsommar’s Ari Aster has rewatched season 3 of The Sopranos. Rian Johnson recommended Robert Altman’s 3 Women. While Ava DuVernay admitted that she recently watched Notting Hill twice in one day.

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