Ferrara is a film screenwriter and director. He was born into an Italian-American family in New York and was raised as a Catholic, both influences which would later shape much of his work. In 1979, Ferrara released his first movie, The Driller Killer, made in the mould of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. The film earned Ferrara an almost ‘cult’ status and a loyal following. For a time during the 1980s Ferrara worked in television, returning to film at the end of the decade. In the early 1990s he made a sequence of movies for which he is best known, and has since remained active in the film industry.
Abel Ferrara. Fear City, 1984.