Joseph Bull

Director / Writer

Voted for

Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai
Hidden2004Michael Haneke
Beau travail1998Claire Denis
Stalker1979Andrei Tarkovsky
Killer of Sheep1977Charles Burnett
Sunset Blvd.1950Billy Wilder
A Separation2011Asghar Farhadi
Blue1993Derek Jarman
Stranded in Canton1973William Eggleston


Taxi Driver

1976 USA

The greatest example of 1970s American cinema. De Niro’s best performance, Schrader’s best script, Scorsese’s best film. New York in decay, beautifully captured by Michael Chapman. A timeless depiction of isolation and radicalisation against the backdrop of political upheaval. 

In the Mood for Love

2000 Hong Kong, France

An evocative and moving depiction of loneliness and love in the city. One of the most tactile and sensuous films ever. Every single frame is so beautiful and memorable.


2004 France, Austria, Germany, Italy

Haneke uses the psychological thriller genre to tell a story about the violence of colonialism and the guilt and denial of the privileged. For me, this is a perfectly made film.

Beau travail

1998 France

A unique take on masculinity and war. A juxtaposition of brutality and beauty. Agnès Godard’s cinematography is dreamlike. I love the choreography of the exercises and drills in the desert; they feel like dance routines.


1979 USSR

Tarkovsky creates such immersive atmospheric worlds, his films transcend cinema. Stalker is my favourite.

Killer of Sheep

1977 USA

One of the most truly poetic dramas ever made about family life. Burnett finds the most beautiful and tender moments against the backdrop of hardship.

Sunset Blvd.

1950 USA

I have vivid memories of watching Billy Wilder films with my grandmother as a kid. Sunset Blvd speaks to our time.

A Separation

2011 Iran

For me, Asghar Farhadi is one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers. This film is a family drama full of empathy and nuance, like all his work.


1993 United Kingdom, Japan

After seeing Blue as a teenager, it opened me up to what cinema and art could be. It is a very brave and inspiring film; An artist facing death makes a biographical work that is both radical and poignant.

Stranded in Canton


Eggleston's close proximity allows him to capture his cast of outsiders with such intimacy. It is something I have never seen in cinema before, only in photography or painting.