Roger MICHELL

*05.06.1956, Pretoria, Südafrika †22.09.2021, ?

Regisseur * Sohn eines britischen Diplomaten - wächst im Libanon, in Syrien und in der Tschechoslowakei auf * studiert English am Queens' College in Cambridge (Abschluss 1977) - dort inszeniert auch mehrere Bühnenstücke ("I started directing and writing little plays when I was very young - when I was about eight. And as I went through school I became more and more interested in acting and directing. By the time I was about 15, I decided to be a director. I directed lots of plays at school and then went to university and directed lots of plays there. So I've been pretty much boringly single-minded about it for a very, very long time. I was intensely ambitious in my late teens and early 20s to become a theatre director, which I did.") * (nach dem Studium) arbeitet zunächst als Theaterregisseur und -autor (Brighton Actors Workshop; Royal Court Theatre; Royal Shakespeare Company, ab 1985) * absolviert einen dreimonatigen Regiekurs bei der BBC (BBC Directors' Course) und debütiert mit den Fernsehserien Downtown Lagos (1992) und The Buddha of Suburbia (1993) * 1994 Spielfilmdebüt mit der Jane-Austen-Verfilmung Persuasion (für BBC) * setzt seine Arbeit als Theaterregisseur fort (National Theatre; Hampstead Theatre) * 1999 feiert seinen internationalen Durchbruch mit Notting Hill, dem größten britischen Kinohit aller Zeiten * in folgenden Jahren dreht - eher sporadisch - weitere Kinofilme, darunter auch ein paar amerikanische Produktionen (Changing Lanes, 2000/01; Morning Glory, 2009; Blackbird, 2018; "Well, I'm English. (...) and I want to live in London. I want to tell stories about Europe - I feel profoundly European, I don't feel like an American.") * 2014 realisiert das zweiteilige Fernsehdrama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies * arbeitet des öfteren mit dem Autor Hanif Kureishi zusammen (The Mother, 2002; Venus, 2005/06; Le Week-End, 2012; "(...) he's a friend of mine and I like working with him and I am not frightened to lash him to his desk and get him to work harder and make it better (...))


"Your job as a director is to serve the story. I don't think it's the job of a director in any medium to wave at the audience and say, hey, don't forget about me, I did an important thing here as well! You should make the play shine and make the actors shine. You should be invisible."

FILMS

Persuasion (Jane Austens Verführung, 1994-GB/USA/F; R: Roger Michell, B: Nick Dear, K: John Daly, M: Jeremy Sams, D: Amanda Root: Anne Elliot, Ciarán Hinds: Captain Frederick Wentworth) 104/7m-Kostümdrama (Roman von Jane Austen, 1817) (09-?; 9509-USA) > TVM (9504-GB)

Titanic Town (Frontline - Zwischen den Fronten, 1997-GB; R: Roger Michell, B: Anne Devlin, K: John Daly, M: Trevor Jones, D: Julie Walters: Bernie McPhelimy, Ciarán Hinds: Aidan McPhelimy, Ciarán McMenamin: Dino/Owen & Nuala O'Neill: Annie McPhelimy) 102m-Drama (Roman von Mary Costello, 1993) (09-?; 9902)

Notting Hill (1998-GB) (9906)

Changing Lanes (Spurwechsel, 2000/01-USA; R: Roger Michell, B: Chap Taylor, Michael Tolkin, K: Salvatore Totino, M: David Arnold, D: Ben Affleck: Gavin Banek * Samuel L. Jackson: Doyle Gipson, Toni Collette: Michelle, Sydney Pollack: Stephen Delano, William Hurt: Doyles Sponsor, Amanda Peet: Cynthia Banek) 99m-Drama (11-01; 0204)

The Mother (Die Mutter - The Mother, 2002-GB; R: Roger Michell, B: Hanif Kureishi, K: Alwin Küchler, M: Jeremy Sams, D: Anne Reid: May * Daniel Craig: Darren, Steven Mackintosh: Bobby, Cathryn Bradshaw: Paula, Oliver Ford Davies: Bruce, Anna Wilson-Jones: Helen & Peter Vaughan: Toots) 112m-Drama (06-07; 0311)

Enduring Love (Enduring Love * Liebeswahn, 2003-GB; R: Roger Michell, B: Joe Penhall, K: Haris Zambarloukos, M: Jeremy Sams, D: Daniel Craig: Joe * Rhys Ifans: Jed * Samantha Morton: Claire, Bill Nighy: Robin) 100m-Psychodrama (Roman von Ian McEwan, 1997) (09-11; 0411)

Venus (2005/06-GB; R: Roger Michell, B: Hanif Kureishi. K: Haris Zambarloukos, M: Corinne Bailey Rae, D: Peter O'Toole: Maurice * Leslie Phillips: Ian * Jodie Whittaker: Jessie, Richard Griffiths: Donald & Vanessa Redgrave: Valerie) 95m-Tragikomödie (11-12 & 01-02; 0701)

Morning Glory (2009-USA) (1011)

Hyde Park on Hudson (Hyde Park am Hudson, 2011-GB; R: Roger Michell, B: Richard Nelson, K: Lol Crawley, M: Jeremy Sams, D: Bill Murray: Franklin D. Roosevelt * Laura Linney: Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, Samuel West: König George VI., Olivia Colman: Königin Elizabeth, Elizabeth Marvel: Marguerite LeHand, Elizabeth Wilson: Sara Delano, Eleanor Bron: Daisys Tante, Olivia Williams: Eleanor Roosevelt) 95m-Tragikomödie (07-09; 1302)

Le Week-End (2012-GB) (1310)

My Cousin Rachel (Meine Cousine Rachel, 2016-GB; R+B: Roger Michell, K: Mike Eley, M: Rael Jones, D: Rachel Weisz: Rachel Ashley ° Sam Claflin: Philip, Holliday Grainger: Louise Kendall, Iain Glen: Nick Kendall) 106m-Kostümdrama (Roman von Daphne du Maurier, 1951) (04-06; 1706)

Blackbird (Blackbird - Eine Familiengeschichte, 2018-USA; R: Roger Michell, B: Christian Torpe, K: Mike Eley, M: Peter Gregson, D: Susan Sarandon: Lily * Kate Winslet: Jennifer * Mia Wasikowska: Anna * Lindsay Duncan: Liz & Sam Neill: Paul, Rainn Wilson: Michael, Bex Taylor-Klaus: Chris) 97m-Drama (Film Stille hjerte von Bille August, 2013/14) (10-12; 2009)

AWARDS

Empire Award (bester britischer Regisseur) für Notting Hill (2000)

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