Biography of Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh is an American screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and director. He first came into the public eye as a director of independent films in the late 1980s, and has since become an accomplished director of big-budget films. Even in his shift to more mainstream films, however, he has maintained an attachment to less-conventional, arthouse methods. His most famous films include Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, the Ocean's movies, Magic Mike, Logan Lucky, and Unsane.

Soderbergh was born in Atlanta, GA and discovered a love for filmmaking in his teen years. After high school, he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in filmmaking, writing and directing the film Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989. The film was accepted to the Cannes Film Festival, where it won awards, including the Palme d'Or, making Soderbergh the youngest director to ever win the award. He followed that film up with Kafka (a biopic about the Czech writer), King of the Hill, The Underneath, and Schizopolis.

After lukewarm responses to these followups, Soderbergh redeemed himself with 1998's Out of Sight, starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. He then directed Erin Brockovich, which won Julia Roberts the award for Best Actress. That same year, he directed Traffic, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Director. In 2001, he directed a remake of Ocean's 11, which was a huge success. His other films include Bubble, The Good German, followups to Ocean's 11, The Informant, Moneyball, Contagion, and Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum.

Other Soderbergh films include Side Effects, Behind the Candelabra, Logan Lucky, Unsane, High Flying Bird, and Let Them All Talk. He has also directed for television, most notably The Knick, starring Clive Owen.

Study Guides on Works by Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film Contagion tells the frightening story of a deadly pandemic. It is an ensemble film that examines the disaster from multiple angles, as different characters grapple with the effects of the pandemic in their personal...