Helen Catherine Hardwicke (born October 21, 1955) is an American
film director, production designer, and screenwriter. Her directorial
work includes Thirteen (2003), which she co-wrote with Nikki Reed, the
Lords of Dogtown
1 Early life and work 2 Education 3 Film career 4 Themes 5 Other endeavors 6 Filmography
6.1 Feature films 6.2 Television series 6.3 Music videos
7 References 8 External links
Early life and work Hardwicke was born in Cameron, Texas on October. 21, 1955, the daughter of Jamee Elberta (née Bennett) and John Benjamin Hardwicke. She has a brother Jack, and a sister Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, who became an artist. She grew up in McAllen on the U.S.–Mexico border, where her family owned and operated a farm along the Rio Grande, and was raised as a Presbyterian. She said the border area was wild: in high school, "her principal was stabbed three times. A friend's father was shot in the back, and another friend was murdered. And yet life could be wonderful at the same time. 'It was a Huck Finn life, too,' she said." Growing up in McAllen, Hardwicke describes it as "wild". As a child she did not attend many movies and explains, "I didn’t go to many movies. Let's be honest: It was a cultural wasteland. At the time, you could not go to a significant museum unless you drove three hours to Corpus Christi or four to San Antonio". However, there were other ways to have fun such as sneaking over to the bars and nightclubs of Mexico before she was even a legal adult. Speaking on her early life Hardwicke says, "It was a wonderful childhood. I'm dying to make a movie about it". She graduated from McAllen High School and went to the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in architecture. Among her post-graduation projects was designing the solar townhouse complex built around a man-made lake on the 20-acre site, complete with waterfalls and swimming pools. The property was owned by her father. Education After graduating from her hometown High School, McAllen High School, Hardwicke went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin. Studying Architecture, Hardwicke felt that she had far too much creativity for that field, stating:
I was a little out there for architecture school. I would dress up like my building and people were like, "wow, dude, architecture really doesn’t encourage that type of creativity.
Feeling limited, Hardwicke moved to Los Angeles, where she studied at
UCLA film school to explore her creative talents. Hardwicke made her
first short film for her brother Jack who was getting married to
Nicolette Cullen. During this period in the 1980s, Hardwicke made
an award-winning short, Puppy Does the Gumbo and was recognized with a
Nissan Focus Award was featured in the Landmark Best of UCLA film
Hardwicke became a production designer, working with film directors
such as Cameron Crowe, Richard Linklater, and David O. Russell. She
was influenced by them, gaining experience in their techniques, and
learning informal aspects from professional conversations. She talked
to some about her desire to be a filmmaker, and received advice and
While working with such big-name directors, she was able to study
their techniques: "I always told them I really want to make my own
movies, and they were all very generous and gave me tips." Her career
as a production designer was crucial and beneficial to the molding of
her career as a director. Her time spent with these directors aided
her and were able to give her a sense of direction: "As you’re
riding around with the director location scouting, you hear a lot of
conversations and you start piecing them together, so I think that
helped me." She even worked with fellow female director Lisa
Cholodenko on her film Laurel Canyon (2002). Aside from her time
spent working alongside directors, Hardwicke continued to work on her
own projects such as scripts, short films, and teaching herself Final
Cut Pro. Hardwicke even took it upon herself to take acting classes to
become a better director.
Through the 1990s and early 2000s, Hardwicke worked as a production
designer on films including Tombstone (1993),
Hardwicke's first film as a director was developed by her in
collaboration with then-fourteen-year-old Nikki Reed, who wrote a
screenplay that reflected some of Reed's teenage experiences.
Hardwicke had known Nikki since she was five years old, and after
Hardwicke's relationship with Reed's father ended she continued to
stay close with her. Hardwicke said "I started getting my hair cut by
her mother, which is similar to the film, so I saw them every few
months" she continues to say, "when [Nikki] turned thirteen, I started
noticing she had completely changed to becoming quite angry with her
family, her mother, and herself. I started seeing all these changes
and difficulties she was going through, so I thought, along with her
parents, that if she could hang out with me, things would get better".
Throughout the time they spent together, Reed had revealed to
Hardwicke that she was interested in acting which was the spark that
ignited Thirteen. They completed the script in six days during
Christmas break. When asked why there was an urgency to make the film,
Hardwicke replied with "I felt it was almost like a snapshot of a
particular time. I really wanted Nikki to be in it, because her energy
was so inspiring to it, and I don't like the movies where the person
is eighteen years old playing a thirteen-year-old, so I said, 'We're
going to shoot it even if it's with a digital camera and me as the
Evan Rachel Wood
She went on to direct this fictionalized account of skateboarding
culture. The film is based on the documentary
Dogtown and Z-Boys
In 2006, Hardwicke directed this biblical film for New Line Cinema. At
first she was reluctant to take on the project as she worried about
finding a fresh approach to the story at the heart of Christian
culture. She began to consider Mary as a young girl faced with an
incredible task, and also incorporated a psychological approach to
Joseph and his issues. She put it in a context of contemporary
teenagers. Hardwicke tried to dramatize the account of the Bible.
Hardwicke wanted to cast a young actress as Mary, traditionally held
to be about 14 or 15 at the time of Jesus' birth, given the age of
marriage of girls in that culture. She wanted an actress who at least
appeared to be Middle Eastern. She cast as her lead Keisha
Castle-Hughes, the Oscar-nominated New Zealand actress of aborigine
descent, who starred in
Her direction of the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling
novel, Twilight, was an international commercial success. The film
is the first in the series produced by
Red Riding Hood (2011)
Her following film was not a commercial or critical success. Doing an
adaptation of the classic fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood",
Hardwicke makes this a coming of age story, exploring the theme of
adolescence growing into adulthood and sexual awakening. As in Neil
Jordan's 1984 film The Company of Wolves, the wolf is a werewolf who
lives as a human among the townspeople. The village becomes turned on
itself as everyone is suspect.
Hardwicke's next feature came in 2013 when she directed the erotic thriller Plush. Following a young female rock musician and her band Plush, the film starred Emily Browning, Cam Gigandet, Xavier Samuel and Frances Fisher.
In 2013 Hardwicke also directed and executive produced the pilot for
Miss You Already (2015)
Hardwicke directed the British-American comedy-drama Miss You Already
in 2015. The film starred
Year Title Role(s) Notes
2003 Thirteen Director Co-writer
Sundance Film Festival
2005 Lords of Dogtown Director
Nominated—Golden Trailer Awards for Best Drama Nominated—Teen Choice Awards for Action Adventure
2006 Nativity Story, TheThe Nativity Story Director Executive producer
Heartland Film Festival for Truly Moving Picture MovieGuide Awards Epiphany Prize for Film
2008 Twilight Director Young Hollywood Award
2011 Red Riding Hood Director Executive producer
2013 Plush Co-writer, director, producer
2015 Miss You Already Director
Year Title Role(s)
2013 Reckless Director ("Pilot") Executive producer
2016 Eyewitness Director (2 episodes) Executive producer
TBA The Raven Cycle Director "Pilot") Executive producer
Year Song Artist Notes
2015 "There's a Place" The All-American Rejects Director
2015 "Til It Happens to You" Lady Gaga Director
^ a b According to the State of Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1903–1997.
Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health
Services, Sacramento, California.
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^ a b c d Setoodeh, Ramin (February 27, 2011). "Not Your Grandma's
'Red Riding Hood'". Newsweek. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
^ Smith, Evan. "Catherine Hardwicke", Texas Monthly, 2009. Vol. 37
Issue 4, pp. 86-92
^ Greydanus, Steven (November 22, 2006). "Joseph Gets His Due".
National Catholic Register. Retrieved November 25, 2006.
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 2, 2014.
Retrieved February 26, 2014.
^ a b Guerrasio, Jason (September 2003). "Profile: Catherine
Hardwicke". The Independent: A Magazine for Video and Filmmakers. 7.
26: 19–21. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
^ USC Cinematic Arts. Word Building Institute. "Catherine Hardwicke".
^ Bradshaw, Peter (December 5, 2003). "Friday Review: Screen Review:
FILM OF THE WEEK: Teenage Kicks: Peter Bradshaw Applauds Catherine
Hardwickes Tough, Hyperactive Story of Female Adolescence: Thirteen
4/5". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
'^ Thrashin on IMDb
^ Rea, Steven (June 5, 2005). "Dogtown Director Drew from her World;
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Films directed by Catherine Hardwicke
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