If there’s one thing we know about Steven Soderbergh, it’s that he’s very bad at retiring. He announced he was going on a “sabbatical” back in 2013 (though he still found time to make critically acclaimed TV drama The Knick), but he’s back on the big screen this weekend with the release of his latest film, Logan Lucky.
To celebrate, we put together this fiendishly tricky quiz about Soderbergh’s career. How much do you know about him?
How old was Steven Soderbergh when he won the Palme d'Or for Sex, Lies and Videotape in 1989?
At the time, Soderbergh was the second youngest person to ever win the award (the youngest being French director Louis Malle for his film Le Monde du Silence).
Soderbergh often uses pseudonyms when producing his films, but which of these is NOT a name he's used?
Soderbergh has used the names Peter Andrews, Mary Ann Bernard and Sam Lowry to credit his work as a cinematographer, writer and editor respectively. Alan Smithee is a pseudonym used by directors who don't want anyone to know they made a particularly bad film.
Believe it or not, Soderbergh's work even extends into YA adaptations - which franchise did he once serve as a second unit director on?
Soderbergh and Hunger Games director Gary Ross go way back — Soderbergh produced Ross's 1998 film Pleasantville — and Soderbergh shot second unit for Ross, including many of the riot scenes that take place in District 11.
Soderbergh has released fan edits of several notable movies on his website, including Raiders of the Lost Ark and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Which film by Alfred Hitchcock has he also recut in his time?
For reasons unknown, Soderbergh decided to mash Hitchcock's 1960 classic and Gus Van Sant's 1998 abomination into one movie. Whether it made the latter any more bearable is up to you to decide...
Which actor has Soderbergh collaborated with most over his career?
Soderbergh has made 4 films each with Channing Tatum and Julia Roberts, 6 with George Clooney and 7 with Matt Damon.
Which German filmmaker did Soderbergh try and fail to make a biopic about?
In an interview with The Playlist, Soderbergh revealed that he and writer Scott Z. Burns abandoned the film because it was too "commercial", and chose to work on Contagion instead.
The end credits of Haywire are dedicated to Blake Asner, but who is Blake?
The cat sadly died during production of the film. Rest in peace, Blake.
Before he came to fame at Cannes in 1989, Soderbergh made his directorial debut with 9012Live, a concert video for which English rock band?
Soderbergh was even nominated for a Grammy for his work, which first aired on MTV in November 1985