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Michael Apted

Born February 10, 1941 (1941-02-10) (age 66)
Buckinghamshire, England

Michael Apted (born 10 February 1941;) is an English director, producer, writer and actor. He is one of the most prolific British film directors of his generation but is best known for his work on the Up! series of documentaries. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 300 × 598 pixelsFull resolution (1504 × 3000 pixel, file size: 2. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... 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. ... The Play for Today logo, seen here in the opening title sequence from 1976. ... Seven Up! redirects here. ... The Up series consists of seven documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video has been awarded since 1984. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... For the soft drink, see 7 Up. ...


On June 29, 2003 he was elected President of the Directors Guild of America. He returned to television, directing the first three episodes of the TV series Rome. His most recent feature film project was Amazing Grace, which premièred at the closing of the Toronto Film Festival on September 16, 2006. is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... Director Guild of America building on Sunset Boulevard. ... Rome is a multiple Emmy Award-winning historical drama, produced in Italy for television by the BBC (UK), HBO (USA), and RAI (Italy). ... Amazing Grace is a 2007 film directed by Michael Apted about the anti-slavery movement in 19th Century England led by the famous abolitionist William Wilberforce. ... The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is generally considered to be one of the five top film festivals in the world. ...

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Biography

Apted was born to a lower middle class family - his father worked for an insurance company - in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Apted secured a scholarship to attend City of London School and then to study law and history at Cambridge University (Downing)[citation needed]. Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire in south east England. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... The red-brick City of London School beside the River Thames. ... For other uses, see Law (disambiguation). ... This article is about the study of time in human terms. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... Full name Downing College Motto Quaerere Verum Seek the truth Named after Sir George Downing Previous names - Established 1800 Sister College(s) Lincoln College Master Prof. ...


Television

He began his career in television, securing a traineeship at Granada Television and where began work as a researcher. One of his first projects at Granada would became his most famous: the Up! series, which began in 1964 as a profile of fourteen seven-year-old children for the ground-breaking current affairs series World In Action. As researcher, Apted was involved in selecting the children. Though it began as a one-shot documentary, the series has become an institution, revisiting the subjects every seven years, with Apted directing the later episodes in the series. The series follows Apted's thesis that the British class system remains largely in place and is premised on the Jesuit motto "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Now in its seventh installment, the series is a dramatic look the lives of ordinary (and not so ordinary) peoples' lives. The latest version, 49 Up, was produced in 2005 and Apted has said that he hopes to be able to make 56 Up, at which time he will be seventy-two. and he was in a small tv show called "meet happy larry". This article does not cite any references or sources. ... World in Action was an investigative current affairs series produced by Granada Television in the United Kingdom from 1963 to 1998. ...


During his time at Granada, Apted also directed a number of episodes of Coronation Street, then written by Jack Rosenthal. Apted and Rosenthal went on to collaborate on a number of popular television and film projects including the pilot episodes for The Dustbinmen and The Lovers. They teamed up again in 1984 for the TV movie P'tang Yang Kipperbang, one of the first films commissioned by Britain's Channel 4. Coronation Street is an award-winning British soap opera. ... Jack Rosenthal, CBE (8 September 1931 - 29 May 2004) , was a playwright, who wrote several early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and a number of successful plays and films. ... A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... The Dustbinmen was a sitcom made for Granada Television which starred Bryan Pringle, Trevor Bannister, Graham Haberfield and Tim Wylton. ... The Lovers was a British television sitcom by Jack Rosenthal, starring Richard Beckinsale and Paula Wilcox as a courting couple, Geoffrey and Beryl. ... This article is about the British television station. ...


In 1976 he directed a play in the Granada TV Series Laurence Olivier Presents, the episode was The Collection by Harold Pinter. The play starred Sir Laurence Olivier, Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates and Helen Mirren. Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Laurence Olivier Presents was a British Television series made by Granada Television which ran from 1976 to 1978. ... The Collection was a best-selling 1986 (see 1986 in music) compilation album by Christian pop star Amy Grant. ... Harold Pinter, CH, CBE (born 10 October 1930) is an English playwright, screenwriter, poet, actor, director, author, and political activist. ... Laurence Olivier, as photographed in 1939 by Carl Van Vechten Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (May 22, 1907 – July 11, 1989) was an English actor and director, esteemed by many as the greatest actor of the 20th century. ... Malcolm McDowell (born June 13, 1943) is an English actor probably best known for his portrayal of Alex in A Clockwork Orange. ... Alan Bates as butler in Gosford Park (2001) Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE, (February 17, 1934 – December 27, 2003) was a British actor. ... Dame Helen Mirren, DBE (born July 26, 1945), is an English stage, television and film actress. ...


For his work in television, Apted has won several British Academy Awards, including one for Best Dramatic Director. 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. ...

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Film

Apted made his first feature film in 1972, The Triple Echo, starring Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson, and he directed two films for David Putnam. He alternated this work with working on the TV series Play for Today. Apted directed six plays including Stronger than the Sun, written by Stephen Poliakoff and starring Francesca Annis as a young woman who places her life in danger to expose a crime, a theme Apted has returned to several times. The Triple Echo is a 1972 film starring Glenda Jackson, Brian Deacon and Oliver Reed, and based on a novel by H. E. Bates titled Soldier in Skirts. ... Robert Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... Glenda Jackson Glenda May Jackson, CBE, (born 9 May 1936) is a two-time Academy Award-winning British actress and politician, currently Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency of Hampstead and Highgate in the London Borough of Camden. ... David Terence Puttnam, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate (born February 25, 1941) is a British film producer and politician. ... The Play for Today logo, seen here in the opening title sequence from 1976. ... Stephen Poliakoff Stephen Poliakoff (born December 1, 1952) is an acclaimed British playwright, director and scriptwriter, widely judged amongst Britains foremost television dramatists. ... Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth in Roman Polanskis Macbeth (1971). ...


In 1979 he directed the Hollywood-financed Agatha, featuring Vanessa Redgrave[citation needed]. The majority of Apted's successful feature films since then have been based around a female protagonist. He went to the United States in 1980, and there directed Coal Miner's Daughter, which received seven Academy Award nominations, winning best actress for Sissy Spacek. Both Spacek and Loretta Lynn, the subject of the film, have said that they believe Apted's outsider point of view was crucial to the movie's success in securing the participation of Appalachian residents and to the avoidance of stereotypes that previously had marred portrayals of mountain culture.[1][2] Sigourney Weaver and Jodie Foster have also earned Academy Award nominations for their work in Apted-directed films. Agatha is a 1979 film starring Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman, which recounts a fictionalized version of the events surrounding the 1926 disappearence of mystery writer Agatha Christie. ... Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January 1937) is an Academy Award winning English actress and member of the Redgrave family, one of the enduring theatrical dynasties. ... DVD cover Loretta Lynn published her autobiography, Coal Miners Daughter, in the mid-70s. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Mary Elizabeth Sissy Spacek (born December 25, 1949) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Appalachians in North Carolina The Appalachian Mountains (French: les Appalaches) are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Alicia Christian Foster (born November 19, 1962), better known as Jodie Foster, is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, director, and producer. ...


Apted has also made several films with a strong social message or that deal with an ethical dilemma. In 1983 he directed Gorky Park, a political thriller based on the novel by Martin Cruz Smith, that deals with police corruption in the former Soviet Union. Class Action deals with a corporate whistle blower, and Extreme Measures is about medical ethics. Gorky Park, the 1983 movie based on the novel by Martin Cruz Smith, was directed by Michael Apted from the screenplay by Dennis Potter. ... Martin Cruz Smith (né Martin William Smith, later changed his middle name to Cruz after his grandmothers surname) was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA in 1942. ... In law, a class action is an equitable procedural device used in litigation for determining the rights of and remedies, if any, for large numbers of people whose cases involve common questions of law and fact. ... Extreme Measures is a 1996 thriller film about the ethics of how far we are willing to go, and how much we are willing to sacrifice, in order to cure the worlds ills. ...


Apted will direct the forthcoming final edition of the Goal! trilogy, Goal! 3, which is slated for release in 2008, and will also direct the third instalment of the Narnia films, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.[3] Goal! (also known as Goal! The Dream Begins in the United States) is a 2005 film directed by Danny Cannon. ... Goal! 3 is a forecoming film directed by Michael Apted and written by Mike Jefferies, Adrian Butchart and Terry Loane, It is the third and final installment of the footballing trilogy Goal! that stars Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola and Anna Friel. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The Triple Echo is a 1972 film starring Glenda Jackson, Brian Deacon and Oliver Reed, and based on a novel by H. E. Bates titled Soldier in Skirts. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stardust is a 1974 British film directed by Michael Apted and starring David Essex and Adam Faith. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Squeeze is a 1977 British gangster thriller, directed by Michael Apted, based on a novel by Bill James (under the pseudonym, David Craig). Largely neglected, this production headlines a major cast made up of American actor Stacy Keach, and British actors Edward Fox and David Hemmings. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Agatha is a 1979 film starring Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman, which recounts a fictionalized version of the events surrounding the 1926 disappearence of mystery writer Agatha Christie. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... DVD cover Loretta Lynn published her autobiography, Coal Miners Daughter, in the mid-70s. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Continental Divide is a 1981 [[United States|American]] romantic comedy. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Gorky Park, the 1983 movie based on the novel by Martin Cruz Smith, was directed by Michael Apted from the screenplay by Dennis Potter. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Firstborn is a 1984 drama film starring Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Corey Haim, Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. ... This article is about the year. ... Bring on the Night is a 1985 documentary film, directed by Michael Apted, which focuses on the jazz-inspired project and band led by the British musician Sting during the early stages of his solo career. ... This article is about the year. ... A film from 1988 based on the autobiographical book by Dian Fossey. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Class Action is a 1991 film directed by Michael Apted. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Thunderheart (1992) is a crime movie directed by Michael Apted with Fred Ward and Val Kilmer. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Incident at Oglala is a 1992 documentary by Michael Apted, narrated by Robert Redford. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Blink is a 1994 thriller film, starring Madeleine Stowe and Aidan Quinn, and is a production of New Line Cinema. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Nell is a 1994 drama film starring Jodie Foster as a young woman raised by her mother in an isolated cabin who has to face other human beings for the first time. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Extreme Measures is a 1996 thriller film about the ethics of how far we are willing to go, and how much we are willing to sacrifice, in order to cure the worlds ills. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see The World Is Not Enough (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year. ... Enigma is a 2001 film set in World War II. It stars Dougray Scott and Kate Winslet and is based on a novel of the same title by Robert Harris. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Enough (disambiguation). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Amazing Grace is a 2007 film directed by Michael Apted about the anti-slavery movement in 19th Century England led by the famous abolitionist William Wilberforce. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Goal! 3 is a forecoming film directed by Michael Apted and written by Mike Jefferies, Adrian Butchart and Terry Loane, It is the third and final installment of the footballing trilogy Goal! that stars Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola and Anna Friel. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2010 (MMX) will be a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Documentary

In addition to feature films, Apted has continued to directing a number of documentaries, including Bring on the Night, a feature-length concert film about the making of Sting's first solo album. In 1988/9 he directed the documentary "The Long Way Home," [1] which chronicled the UK, US and USSR adventures of Boris Grebenshikov, the first Soviet underground musician allowed to record in the West. After making Thunderheart, Apted made the documentary Incident at Oglala detailing the actual events behind the film. Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Bring on the Night is a 1985 documentary film, directed by Michael Apted, which focuses on the jazz-inspired project and band led by the British musician Sting during the early stages of his solo career. ... This article is about the musician. ... aka BG, leader of Russian rock-group Aquarium, musician and poet. ... Thunderheart (1992) is a crime movie directed by Michael Apted with Fred Ward and Val Kilmer. ... Incident at Oglala is a 1992 documentary by Michael Apted, narrated by Robert Redford. ...


Apted directed the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, the first Bond film in which the main villain is a woman. He also gave considerably more screen time than usual to the character of M, as played by Judi Dench. “007” redirects here. ... For other uses, see The World Is Not Enough (disambiguation). ... M is a fictional character in Ian Flemings James Bond series, as well as the films in the Bond franchise. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA, (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ...


References

  1. ^ Sissy Spacek and Michael Apted. Feature commentary track, Coal Miner's Daughter 25th Anniversary/Collector's Edition, 2005.
  2. ^ Interview with Loretta Lynn and Michael Apted. Featurette on Coal Miner's Daughter 25th Anniversary/Collector's Edition DVD, 2005.
  3. ^ "Apted Official, Dawn Treader starts filming January 2008", NarniaFans, 2007-06-19. Retrieved on 2007-06-21. 

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Preceded by
Martha Coolidge
President of Directors Guild of America
2003 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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Michael Apted - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (550 words)
Michael Apted (born February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom) is a British director, producer, writer and actor.
Apted came from a lower middle class family, his father worked for an insurance company, but he secured a scholarship to attend a Public School and to study law and history at Cambridge University (Downing).
Apted directed the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough the first Bond film in which the main villain is a woman.
MAGAZINE | FEATURES | Michael Apted's 7Up Series | VOL 27-3 September 2002 (972 words)
Apted sees no finality to the series, verbalizing his enthusiasm for the project at the DGA's Special Projects screenings of the series that culminated in a QandA between Apted and director Taylor Hackford.
Apted replied, "I always thought at the end of the day whether it's a documentary subject or an actor, the quality of what you do depends on the trust you build with the subject.
Apted confessed that he has become caught up in many of their lives, just as many of them are caught up in his.
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