10 Essential Film Directors To Follow On Twitter

From insider set snaps to professional opinions, these are the filmmakers getting in on the Twitter action

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If you're a film buff, chances are you already follow a whole herd of A-listers on Twitter. 

But forget Anna Kendrick and Channing Tatum – the real key to getting an insider look at Hollywood (on social media, at least) comes in the form of directors.

Whether it's behind-the-scenes photos or opinions from the people behind the cameras, these are the filmmakers you should be following.

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1 | David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies)

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Here's a prime example of a filmmaker who uses social media as a tool for publicity; in between the odd word of filmic wisdom (‘Some days I wake up thinking I have the best job in the world. Some days not. But every day I am thankful’), the Fury director is more than happy to share on-set snaps to drum up the anticipation of his coming films. Well, if it works...

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2 | Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon)

The artist formerly known as Zowie Bowie may have risen in profile since Moon came out in 2008, but you wouldn’t know that from his Twitter page; acting more as a film fan than an industry professional, Jones offers musings others would shy away from. He’s great at responding too.

3 | JJ Abrams (@bad_robot)

Although not exclusively manned by Abrams, if it's a behind-the-scenes look at the new Star Wars film you're after, here's the place you'll most likely find it; the director drops an unheralded tweet from time to time to tantalise his legions of fans (slash reclaim the slipping limelight). Worth a follow.  

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4 | Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow)

Chances are if you're a fan of Apatow's comedies (there's some of you still out there, right?) then you'll lap up his tweets. Admittedly, the Knocked Up director is more active during his film's promotional trails (most recently new Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck), but he's always game for a refreshingly honest commentary on a current news story. And unflattering selfies.  

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5 | Zach Braff (@zachbraff)

With only a few films to his name (Garden StateWish I Was Here), Zach Braff isn't a director whose schedule is tipping him over the edge. Thankfully, this means he can be a pretty solid tweeter. Follow for strong one-liners.

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6 | Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger)

The Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer may have had a tough time in Hollywood of late, but he's a dab hand at keeping Twitter followers on side. How? By providing teasers of his new films, of course – a big deal when it's a new X-Men. Here he is hanging out with Sansa Stark and that kid from Mud. On a private plane.  

7 | Kevin Smith (@ThatKevinSmith)

Kevin Smith may not be as well liked as he was post-Clerks, but if there's one sense to garner from his Twitter feed, it's that he doesn't care: if Smith wants to plug his new film Moose Jaws (which is exactly what you're thinking it is), he will; if he wants to strangely describe everything he finds brilliant as 'Gretzky', he will; if he wants to continuously misspell Stannis' name during Game of Thrones chat, he will. Quite refreshing, really.

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8 | Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward)

When he's not posting photos from the family album or showing off his current exotic vantage point, Ron Howard is surprisingly forthcoming with the on-set snaps. Lately, Howard can be found tweeting about the Budapest shoot of Inferno – his latest Dan Brown adaptation – and retweeting every positive mention of his daughter's appearance in Jurassic World there's possibly ever been. That's 21st century pride, folks.

9 | Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich)

Did you know German filmmaker Roland Emmerich is the 14th highest-grossing film director of all time? If that's not worthy of a Twitter follow, we don't know what is. Emmerich can currently be found drumming up excitement for Independence Day sequel Resurgence by posting gems like the below. We're damned if that's not Jeff Goldblum using a selfie stick.


10 | Shane Meadows (@ShadyMeadows)

OK, so this account may not be run by Meadows himself but, in the approved hands of the person who runs his official website, this is the next best thing: such is the close-knit friendship of Meadows' Midlands-hailing cast and crew, this Twitter page is largely awash with retweets of the cast's fond filming memories as well as the odd exclusive photo that's surely one day destined for a Meadows exhibition. A must for any fan.

Any we've missed?

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