Brad Anderson (born 1964) is a film director. A director of thriller and horror films and television projects, he is best known for having directed The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale, as well as producing and directing several installments of the FOX science-fiction series Fringe.
Anderson was born in Madison, Connecticut, the son of Pamela Taylor Anderson, a community services administrator. 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 before returning to Boston.
His films have varied from Sundance Film Festival audience favorites (and romantic comedies) Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Happy Accidents (2000) to darker films such as Session 9 (2001) and The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale. He was inspired to use the Danvers State Hospital… read more
I've got such affection for his films, even if they're a bit patchy or even silly in some way; each one (haven't seen 'next stop wonderland' yet though) has something so sad about it. Maybe I'm just naive and stupid, if i were more cynical/intelligent maybe i'd think he'd just thrown in some formulaic emotional thing for effect; but no, i get the impression and like to trust that those bits matter, and i like how they're given a place in these things.