Sean Durkin

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Sean Durkin
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Timothy Sean Durkin

(1981-12-09) December 9, 1981 (age 40)
Other namesT. Sean Durkin
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer

Timothy Sean Durkin (born December 9, 1981) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer.[1] He won the Dramatic Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival[2] for Martha Marcy May Marlene. His short film, Mary Last Seen, on the same theme as Martha, won the award for best short film at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight.[3] In 2013, Durkin directed the Channel 4 drama series Southcliffe, starring Sean Harris and Rory Kinnear.[4] His second film, The Nest, premiered in 2020.

Life and career[edit]

Durkin was born in Canada and moved to England soon thereafter; he was raised in North London and in Surrey until his family moved to Manhattan when he was 12.[5] Durkin graduated from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut in 2000,[6] then attended the film school at New York University, where he graduated in 2005 and delivered his thesis film in 2006. He moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2008.[5]

In an interview with Robert K. Elder for the book The Best Film You've Never Seen, Durkin said, “When I make a film, I think about things that scare me. My exploration of those things is to try and wrap my head around them and confront them.”[7]

Durkin participated in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll, where he listed his ten favorite films as follows: 3 Women, The Birds, The Conformist, The Goonies, Jaws, The Panic in Needle Park, Persona, The Piano Teacher, Rosemary's Baby, and The Shining.[8]

Durkin is a founding member of Borderline Films with fellow directors Antonio Campos and Josh Mond.[9][10]

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ Kay, Jeremy (December 9, 2011). "Elizabeth Olsen". Screen International. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  2. ^ Nigel M. Smith (2011-12-19). "Sundance's Golden Boy Sean Durkin, Director/Writer of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'". Indiewire.
  3. ^ "Sean Durkin: Director Sean Durkin returns to Cannes with Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene after winning Best Short at Directors’ Fortnight last year." Screen Daily, May 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Southcliffe: TV that threatens the status quo" ""The Guardian, July 21, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Frank Lovece, "Who is Martha Marcy May Marlene? Sean Durkin debuts with acclaimed drama of young cult refugee." Film Journal, September 21, 2011.
  6. ^ "Sean Durkin '00 Captures the Indie Film World", Kent School news, November 2011 (accessed 2012-05-26).
  7. ^ Durkin, Sean. The Best Film You've Never Seen. by Robert Elder. Chicago: Chicago Review Press 2013
  8. ^ "Sean Durkin | BFI".
  9. ^ "Interview: Sean Durkin on the Method Behind "Martha Marcy May Marlene"". The Moveable Fest. 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  10. ^ Nordine, Michael (2016-11-09). "Borderline Films Retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image". IndieWire. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  11. ^ "Louis XIV "Air Traffic Control" | Outright Mental".

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