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Encyclopedia > Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella

Anthony Minghella in 2003
Born January 6, 1954(1954-01-06)
Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
Died 18 March 2008 (aged 54)
Spouse(s) Carolyn Choa

Anthony Minghella (January 6, 1954March 18, 2008[1]) was an Academy Award-winning English film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007. Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ryde, seen from Ryde Pier and showing the twin spires. ... For other uses, see Isle of Wight (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... The English Patient is a 1996 film adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Truly, Madly, Deeply is a British romance film, made in 1990 for the BBCs Screen One series. ... This page lists the winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language and Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film for each year, in addition to the retired earlier versions of those awards. ... The English Patient is a 1996 film adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje. ... The English Patient is a 1996 film adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje. ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... “UK” redirects here. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and...

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Biography

Early life

Minghella was born on the Isle of Wight, the son of Gloria and Edward Minghella, ice cream factory owners.[2] His father was Italian/Scottish and his mother came from Leeds; her ancestors originally came from Valvori, a small village in the Lazio region of central Italy. Minghella attended Sandown Grammar School and St John's College (Portsmouth). He was a graduate of the University of Hull, where he completed undergraduate and graduate courses, but eventually abandoned his doctoral thesis. For other uses, see Isle of Wight (disambiguation). ... Missing image Ice cream is often served on a stick Boxes of ice cream are often found in stores in a display freezer. ... Languages Italian, Sicilian, Neapolitan, Corsican, Sardinian, Emiliano-Romagnolo, Ligurian, Lombard, Piedmontese, Venetian, Ladin, Friulian Religions predominantly Roman Catholic      The Italians are a Southern European ethnic group found primarily in Italy and in a wide-ranging diaspora throughout Western Europe, the Americas and Australia. ... This article is about the Scottish as an ethnic group. ... For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation) and Leeds City (disambiguation). ... Vallerotonda is a comune in the region of Lazio in central Italy. ... For the football club, see S.S. Lazio Lazio (Latium in Latin) is a regione of central Italy, bordered by Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzi, Marche, Molise, Campania and the Tyrrhenian Sea. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Venn Building The University of Hull, also known as Hull University, is an English university located in Hull (or Kingston upon Hull), a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire. ...


Career

His first piece of produced work was a 1975 stage adaptation of Gabriel Josipovici's Mobius the Stripper, however it was his 1985 piece Whale Music that kickstarted his career.[3] He made his directorial debut with a double bill of Beckett's Play and Happy Days. During the 1980s, he worked in television, starting as a runner on Magpie before moving into script editing the children's drama series Grange Hill for the BBC and later writing The Storyteller series for Jim Henson. He also worked on episodes of the ITV detective drama Inspector Morse. His 1986 play Made in Bangkok found mainstream success in the West End. Gabriel David Josipovici (born October 8, 1940) is a British novelist, short story writer, critic, literary theorist, and playwright. ... Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish dramatist, novelist and poet. ... Magpie was a childrens television programme shown on ITV from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. ... Script Editor is a program included with Mac OS that allows AppleScripts to be written, debugged, and ran. ... Grange Hill is a British childrens television drama series which is shown on BBC1. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The Storyteller is a live-action/puppet television series. ... Jim Henson, born James Maury Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990), was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Morse (left) as played by John Thaw in the television adaption (with Kevin Whately as Lewis (right)). Detective Chief Inspector Morse is a fictional character, who features in a series of thirteen detective novels by British author Colin Dexter, though he is better known for the 33 episode TV series... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre...


His 1990 feature Truly, Madly, Deeply, a drama he had written and directed for the BBC's Screen Two anthology strand, bypassed its expected TV broadcast and received a cinema release. In order to make the film, he had turned down an offer to direct another episode of Inspector Morse, which he had thought would be a much higher-profile assignment. Truly, Madly, Deeply is a British romance film, made in 1990 for the BBCs Screen One series. ... Morse (left) as played by John Thaw in the television adaption (with Kevin Whately as Lewis (right)). Detective Chief Inspector Morse is a fictional character, who features in a series of thirteen detective novels by British author Colin Dexter, though he is better known for the 33 episode TV series...


In 1996, he won the Academy Award for Directing for The English Patient. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay for 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley. The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... The English Patient is a 1996 film adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... The Talented Mr. ...


At the time of his death he had completed work on the adaptation of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency starring Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe. This made-for-TV pilot is due to be broadcast by the BBC within a week of his death. For the footballer, see Jill Scott (footballer). ... Precious Ramotswe is the fictional central character in The No. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...


He vocally supported I Know I'm Not Alone, a film of musician Michael Franti's peacemaking excursions into Iraq, Palestine and Israel. “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... Michael Franti (born April 21, 1966, in Oakland, California) is an American poet, musician, and composer of African, American Indian, Italian, and German descent. ... This article is about the Palestinian territories as a geopolitical phenomenon. ...


He directed a party election broadcast for the Labour Party in 2005. The short film depicted Tony Blair and Gordon Brown working together and was criticised for being insincere: "The Anthony Minghella party political broadcast last year was full of body language fibs", said Peter Collett, a psychologist at the University of Oxford. "When you are talking to me, I'll give you my full attention only if I think you are very high status or if I love you. On that party political broadcast, they are staring at each other like lovers. It is completely false."[4] A party political broadcast is a short television or radio broadcast made by a political party. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the constituency... For others with the same or similar names, see Gordon Brown (disambiguation). ... The University of Oxford (informally Oxford University), located in the city of Oxford, England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ...


Minghella made his operatic debut directing Puccini's Madama Butterfly. It was first seen at the English National Opera in London in 2005, at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius in March 2006 and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in September 2006. The Anthony Minghella Theatre at Quay Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight is named in his honour. For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ... Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924) was an Italian composer whose operas, including La bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire. ... Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly) is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. ... The London Coliseum, home of English National Opera English National Opera (ENO), located at the London Coliseum in St. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Personal life

Minghella was married to Hong Kong-born choreographer Carolyn Choa. His brother, Dominic, is also a successful scriptwriter, and his son, Max, is an actor. His daughter Hannah worked as a production assistant on 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'. His sister Edana is currently involved in a Jazz event on the Isle of Wight, and his nephew Dante is one of the participants in Channel 4's Child Genius series. Dominic Minghella is a British television scriptwriter. ... Minghella in Bee Season, 2005 Max Minghella (born January 1, 1985) is an English actor. ...


He was a big Portsmouth FC fan and appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Hallowed Be Thy Game. His home has two double bedrooms dedicated to the display of Portmouth memorabilia dating back to the clubs founding in 1898. Founded in 1898, Portsmouth Football Club are an English association football club based in the south coast city port of Portsmouth. ... This article is about the British television station. ... Year 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Death

Minghella's death was reported on March 18, 2008[1] by his agent, Judy Daish. He died of a brain haemorrhage in Charing Cross Hospital, London, following an operation on his neck.[5] is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Filmography

Director

Year Title No. of Oscar nominations No. of Oscar wins
1990 Truly, Madly, Deeply
1993 Mr. Wonderful
1996 The English Patient 12 9
1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley 5
2000 Play
2003 Cold Mountain 7 1
2006 Breaking and Entering
2008 The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

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Producer

Heaven is a 2002 motion picture that tells the story of an English woman, Phillipa, a English teacher in Turin, Italy who attempts to avenge the deaths of her husband and numorous friends and students from overdoses by staging a bomb attack on a supposed drug lord/businessman but inadvertantly... The Quiet American is a 2002 remake of the original 1958 film of the same name, which was based on Graham Greenes bestselling novel. ... The Interpreter is a 2005 drama/thriller film, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, and Catherine Keener. ... For The Wailers album, see Catch a Fire. ... Michael Clayton is a 2007 dramatic legal thriller produced by Sydney Pollack and written and directed by Tony Gilroy. ... Margaret is a 2006 dramatic film starring Matt Damon and Matthew Broderick written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan about a female teenager played by Anna Paquin and her quest to rationalize her involvement in a terrible accident. ... For other uses, see The Reader (disambiguation). ...

Selected plays

  • Whale Music
  • Two Planks And A Passion
  • A Little Like Drowning
  • Made In Bangkok
  • Cigarettes and Chocolate

Awards

  • 1984 London Theatre Critics Circle Award - Most Promising Playwright
  • 1986 London Theatre Critics Circle Award - Best new play for Made in Bangkok
  • 1988 Giles Cooper Award for the radioplay Cigarettes and Chocolate
  • 1992 BAFTA Film Award - Best original screenplay for Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990)
  • 1997 Academy Award - Best director for The English Patient (1996)
  • 1997 BAFTA Film Award - Best film for The English Patient (1996) (shared with Saul Zaentz)
  • 1997 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director and Best Screenplay for The English Patient (1996)
  • 1997 Directors Guild of America Award - Outstanding Achievement in Motion Pictures for The English Patient (1996)
  • 1997 Golden Globe Award - Best Director for The English Patient (1996)
  • 1999 National Board of Review Award - Best Director for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
  • 2003 National Board of Review Award - Best Adapted Screenplay for Cold Mountain (2003)

The Giles Cooper Awards were honors given to plays written for radio. ... Truly, Madly, Deeply is a British romance film, made in 1990 for the BBCs Screen One series. ... The Talented Mr. ... This article is about the film. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Director Minghella dies aged 54. BBC News Online (2008-03-18). Retrieved on 2008-03-18.
  2. ^ Anthony Minghella Biography (1954-)
  3. ^ Anthony Minghella at Hollywood.com
  4. ^ The science behind their mutual dislike - Britain - Times Online
  5. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film-and-tv/news/oscar-winner-minghella-dies-after-op-797403.html

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External links

  • Anthony Minghella at the Internet Movie Database
  • In memory of Anthony Minghella
  • Anthony Minghella interview with stv, November 2006
Preceded by
Mel Gibson
for Braveheart
Academy Award for Best Director
1996
for The English Patient
Succeeded by
James Cameron
for Titanic

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