A few of those above also do TV and commercials. At least one does this to subsidise his films which he part funds himself.
9 of the 56 were women.
I have over the years suggested to so many of these directors that they should consider their film as a calling card to securing TV work. Of all of them only Piotr Szkopiak and Nicholas Cohen heeded this advice. Surely its better to director something than nothing at all ?
Piotr is at the time of writing this, starting pre-production of his second film, 18 years after he made his first film.
Several of these were, are even really talented and I would have thought would have had great careers before them. However almost all of them had one thing in common. Most of their films came anywhere near to recouping their budgets. One of the directors, a woman, did make a feature length film which went into a profit, against all odds. She was offered other work but wanted a different life.
As they had decent budgets they could having easily avoided some of the errors.
There are some basic steps that can be taken to avoid falling into this trap, for a trap it is.
Neither film is a bad film. I like both and there is much enjoyment to be had watching them. Each director showed great promise.
This would have ensured global sales and if you picked a star who really took off like Hardy or Arterton it would sell for decades to the likes of Netflix or Amazon, even if it was not that great.
None of these suggestions guarantee success but they really do lessen the chances of failure.