Filmmaking and the filmmaking process has been a favourite topic of writers and directors since the early days of this craft. Sometimes reverent, but more often irreverent, of the industry they work in, often resulting in bristling insider humour not found in rank and file productions... Right: John Turturro stars in the Coen Brothers' brilliant 'Barton Fink'.

Bowfinger (1999)

Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Terence Stamp, Steve Martin, Heather Graham, Eddie Murphy, Christine Baranski

Steve Martin (who also wrote this) plays a down-and-out producer whose new ultra-low budget sci-fi epic "Chubby Rain" stars action super-hero Eddie Mu... Read more

Broken Embraces (2009)

Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Jose Luis Gomez, Tamar Novas, Blanca Portillo, Lluis Homar, Ruben...

Pedro Almodovar's acclaimed tale of sex, secrets and cinema centers on Mateo Blanco (Lluis Homar), a blind writer and filmmaker who now goes by the mo... Read more

Burden of Dreams (1982)

Director: Les Blank
Starring: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Mick Jagger

A fascinating and chilling account of the making of Werner Herzog's 'Fitzcarraldo', a project beset by a series of disasters while shooting in the jun... Read more

Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)

Director: Alan Smithee
Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Eric Idle, Coolio, Chuck D

Aka "An Alan Smithee Film". Eric Idle plays a filmmaker named Alan Smithee - but since that is the pseudonym directors' use when they don't want scree... Read more

Cannes Man (1996)

Director: Richard Martin
Starring: Seymour Cassel, Francesco Quinn, Rebecca Broussard, Johnny Depp, John Malkovich,...

Set within the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival comes the wonderful farce featuring Seymour Cassel as a legendary film producer who takes... Read more

Cecil B Demented (2000)

Director: John Waters
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Adrian Grenier, Melanie Griffith, Ricki Lake, Alicia Witt, Larry...

Maverick filmmaker John Waters sets his sights on... well, maverick filmmakers with this subversive cinematic satire. Stephen Dorff is Cecil, a gun-to... Read more

Chaplin (1992)

Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Dan Aykroyd, Geraldine Chaplin, Kevin Dunn, Anthony Hopkins, M...

This biopic of the silent cinema stars life from chirpy cockney to embalmed snob is played well by Robert Downey Jr. Dan Aykroyd is Mack Sennett, Gera... Read more

Close-Up (1990)

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehdrad Ahankhah

Regarded as one of the greatest films of the '90s, acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami's brilliant exploration of a misguided cinephile's attempts to... Read more

Colour Me Kubrick (2005)

Director: Brian W Cook
Starring: John Malkovich, Jim Davidson, Richard E Grant, Peter Bowles, Marisa Berenson, Ly...

In the mid-'90s, Englishman Alan Conway conned many people into believing that he was reclusive American director Stanley Kubrick, despite the fact th... Read more