Ira Sachs is a intelligent, cine-literate director born in Memphis, Tennessee, based later in New York. His subtle, smart dramas echo his experiences of living in these two places. His Memphis features include The Delta, about a closeted young gay man struggling with his identity, and the Sundance Grand Jury prize winning Forty Shades of Blue, about a relationship between an ageing musician and young Russian woman. More recently his New York trio - semi-autobiographical fraught relationship drama Keep The Lights On, Love Is Strange, about a same-sex couple facing a late life economic struggle that threatens their relationship, and new film Little Men, an intimate Brooklyn set drama in which two young boy's burgeoning friendship is interrupted by a rent dispute between their respective parents - have seen him receive consistent praise and attention. Next for him is a HBO series on Montgomery Clift.