The movie's producer Michael De Luca told Deadline: 'Sam’s unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia’s relationship to life.Sam has defended their age gap in the past, saying: 'In the old days, "controversial" in a relationship meant same-sex or mixed races. (née Taylor-Wood, born 4 March 1967) is an English filmmaker, photographer and visual artist.
She is one of a group of artists known as the Young British Artists.
Her mother, Geraldine, is a yoga teacher and astrologer.
She has one younger sister Ashley, and a maternal half-brother, Kristian.
Taylor-Johnson grew up near Streatham Common in south London until her parents' divorce.
Taylor-Wood began exhibiting fine art photography in the early 1990s.
One collaboration with Henry Bond, titled 26 October 1993, featured Bond and Taylor-Wood reprising the roles of Yoko Ono and John Lennon in a pastiche of the photo-portrait made—by photographer Annie Leibovitz—a few hours before Lennon was assassinated, in 1980.
In 1994, she exhibited a multi-screen video work titled Killing Time, in which four people mimed to an opera score.
From that point multi-screen video works became the main focus of Taylor-Johnson's work.
Beginning with the video works Travesty of a Mockery and Pent-Up in 1996.
One of Taylor-Johnson's first United Kingdom solo shows was held at the Chisenhale Gallery, east London, in September–October 1996.
Taylor-Johnson was nominated for the annual Turner Prize in 1998, but lost out to the painter Chris Ofili.