Catherine Hardwicke could be considered the discoverer of a whole generation of teenage “badass” stars of the 2000s. An early architect, she ended up studying film at UCLA and working as a production director. Regardless, her first film ‘THIRTEEN’ (2003), starring a young Evan Rachel Wood and co-written with 14-year-old Nikki Reed, a long-time collaborator ever since, brought her to fame. Hardwicke won the award for best director at Sundance. In 2005 she released ‘LORDS OF DOGTOWN’ and it was in 2008, with the adaptation of the first book in the ‘TWILIGHT’ saga, that she became the most commercially successful director in Hollywood. In 2011, she released ‘RED RIDING HOOD’ with Amanda Sayford, although the film did not receive the expected success or criticism.