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Michael Winterbottom (b. March 29, 1961 in Blackburn, Lancashire) is a prolific British filmmaker who has directed fifteen films in the past twelve years. He began his career working in British television before moving into features. Three of his movies, Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People, have been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He has two daughters with his ex-wife, author Sabrina Broadbent. is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about Blackburn in Lancashire, England. ... Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Welcome to Sarajevo is a British war movie from 1997. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Palme dOr The Palme dOr (Golden Palm) is the highest prize given to a film at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Cannes Film Festival logo. ...

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Life

Winterbottom went to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn, taking his O Levels in an accelerated 4 years, and then attended Oxford University before going to film school at Bristol University. The QEGS school logo. ... The General Certificate of Education or GCE is a secondary-level academic qualification, which was used in Britain and continues to be used in some former British colonies. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... A film school is a generic term for any educational institution dedicated to teaching moviemaking, including, but not limited to, film production, theory, and writing for the screen. ... The University of Bristol was founded in 1876 as the University College, Bristol. ...


Career

Winterbottom's television career included such diverse projects as the mystery series Cracker, the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, two documentaries about Ingmar Bergman, numerous television movies and an episode of the series Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, focusing on Scandinavian silent cinema. He also directed the mini-series Family, written by Roddy Doyle, with each of four episodes focusing on one member of a working-class Dublin family. It was this series that first brought Winterbottom to the attention of moviegoers, when it was edited down into a feature. Cracker is the title of a television crime series in the United Kingdom, made by Granada Television for ITV and created and principally written by Jimmy McGovern. ...   (IPA: in Swedish, but usually IPA: in English) (July 14, 1918 – July 30, 2007) was a Swedish film, stage, and opera director. ... Roddy Doyle (Irish: , born May 8, 1958 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. ... Dublin city centre at night WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ...


His first theatrical film, 1995's Butterfly Kiss, firmly established his intense visual sense, naturalistic style and compelling use of pop songs to reinforce narrative. The story of a mentally unbalanced lesbian serial killer and her submissive lover/accomplice falling in love as they slaughter their way across the motorways of northern England, it found only a limited release. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... The north, the midlands and the south Northern England, The North or North of England is a rather ill-defined term, with no universally accepted definition. ...


That same year, he rejoined Jimmy McGovern, writer of Cracker, for the powerful BBC television film Go Now, the story of a young man who falls ill with multiple sclerosis just as he has met the love of his life. Focusing on the turmoil this causes the couple, the film was given a theatrical release in many countries, including the United States. Jimmy McGovern (born 1949 in Liverpool, England, UK) is a British television scriptwriter, known for his powerful and thought-provoking dramas often based around hard-hitting social issues or controversial real-life events. ... Cracker is the title of a television crime series in the United Kingdom, made by Granada Television for ITV and created and principally written by Jimmy McGovern. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... The feature film Go Now was released in 1998 by Polygram Filmed Entertainment. ...


In 1996 he adapted his favorite novel, Thomas Hardy's bleak classic Jude the Obscure, the tale of forbidden love between two cousins which had so scandalized British society on its release in 1895 that Hardy gave up novel-writing. It was not Winterbottom's first time approaching the work, he had already filmed the pig slaughter sequence once at film school. Starring Christopher Eccleston and a luminous, pre-stardom Kate Winslet, Jude brought Winterbottom wider recognition, his first screening at Cannes and numerous Hollywood offers, all of which he eventually turned down. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... “Thomas Hardy” redirects here. ... Jude the Obscure is the last of Thomas Hardys novels, begun as a magazine serial and first published in book form in 1895. ... Year 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Christopher Eccleston (born 16 February 1964) is an English stage, television and film actor. ... Kate Elizabeth Winslet (born October 5, 1975) is a five time Academy Award-nominated Emmy Award-nominated BAFTA, Grammy and Screen Actors Guild Award winning English actress. ... Jude is a 1996 English film, based on the novel Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy and directed by Michael Winterbottom. ...


Welcome to Sarajevo was filmed on location in the titular city, mere months after the Siege of Sarajevo had ended, adding greatly to its sense of authenticity and allowing frequent intercutting of actual news footage from the combat. The film is based on the true story of a British reporter, Michael Nicholson, who spirited a young orphan girl out of the war zone to safety in Britain. Welcome to Sarajevo is a British war movie from 1997. ... Map of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo) Coordinates: , Country Bosnia and Herzegovina Entity Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Canton Sarajevo Canton Government  - Mayor Semiha Borovac (SDA) Area [1]  - City 141. ... Combatants ARBiH (1992-95)  NATO (1995) JNA (1992) VRS (1992-95) Commanders Jovan Divjak Mustafa Hajrulahović Vahid Karavelić Nedžad Ajnadžić Stanislav Galić (1992-94) Dragomir MiloÅ¡ević (1994-95) Strength 40,000 (1992) 30,000 (1992) The Siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege in the history of... Michael Nicholson OBE is a journalist and former ITN Senior Foreign Correspondent who reported from wars in Nigeria, Ulster, Vietnam, Cambodia, Jordan, India and Pakistan, Rhodesia, Cyprus, Beirut, Angola, the Falklands and the Persian Gulf. ...


Winterbottom's next two films both had distribution difficulties and were not widely seen. I Want You is a neo-noir sex thriller, shot in bold primary colors by the Polish cinematographer Slawomir Idziak and set in a decaying seaside resort. Starring Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola, it focuses more on mood than plot and was inspired by the Elvis Costello song of the same name. With or Without You, starring Christopher Eccleston, is a light Belfast-set sex comedy, about a couple who are trying desperately to conceive, only for each to have past loves re-enter their lives. Slawomir Idziak was born January 25, 1945 in Katowice, Poland. ... Rachel Weisz (born March 7, 1971) is an Academy Award-winning English film and television actress. ... Alessandro Antine Nivola (born June 28, 1972) is an American actor, perhaps known for his roles in the films Best Laid Plans, Jurassic Park III, Face/Off, and the Goal! trilogy. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus August 25, 1954 in London) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... Christopher Eccleston (born 16 February 1964) is an English stage, television and film actor. ...


1999's Wonderland marked a decided shift in style for Winterbottom, with its loose, handheld photography and naturalistic, often improvised dialogue which drew comparisons to Robert Altman. Featuring Gina McKee, Shirley Henderson, Ian Hart and Stuart Townsend, it is the story of three sisters and their extended family over the Guy Fawkes Day weekend in London. The disparate elements are tied together by an orchestral score by minimalist composer Michael Nyman, who would become a frequent collaborator with Winterbottom. For other persons named Robert Altman, see Robert Altman (disambiguation). ... Ian Hart (born 8 October 1964) is an English actor. ... Stuart Townsend (born on December 15, 1972 in Howth, County Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Michael Nyman (born March 23, 1944) is a British minimalist composer, pianist, librettist and musicologist, perhaps best known for the many scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the British filmmaker Peter Greenaway. ...


Winterbottom followed that project up with his biggest budgeted film, The Claim, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge set in 1860s' California. Shot with a budget of $20 million in the wilds of Canada, it was not a financial success and proved an ordeal to make, with Winterbottom himself getting frostbite. The production had previously been ready to shoot in Spain, with sets already built, when financing fell through. Attempts were made to cast Madonna, in a role eventually played by Milla Jovovich and many of the production details and difficulties were explained to the public on an unusually frank official website. The Claim is a 2000 British Western/romance film directed by Michael Winterbottom. ... “Thomas Hardy” redirects here. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Mayor of Casterbridge The Mayor of Casterbridge is a tragic novel by English author Thomas Hardy subtitled, The Life and Death of a Man of Character. It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester... // The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA was built in the six year period between 1863 and 1869. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This article is about a medical condition. ... Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... Milla Jovovich (Serbian: Милица Јововић/Milica Jovović, Ukrainian: Мілла Йовович/MÑ–lla Jovovič) (born Milica NataÅ¡a Jovović on December 17, 1975) is an American supermodel, actress, musician, singer, and fashion designer. ...


24 Hour Party People documents the anarchic, drug and sex-fuelled rise and fall of the influential label Factory Records and the music scene in Manchester from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. As much an ode to the city of Manchester as the story of the contemporary musical world, the film stars Steve Coogan as broadcaster/music-mogul Tony Wilson. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... FAC 115: Factory Records Stationery (1984) Factory Records was a Manchester-based British independent record label, started in 1978 which featured several prominent musical acts, such as Joy Division, New Order, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, and (briefly) James and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Stephen John Steve Coogan (born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, impressionist, and comedian. ... Anthony Howard Wilson (20 February 1950 – 10 August 2007) was an English record label owner, radio presenter, TV show host, nightclub manager, impresario and journalist for Granada Television and the BBC. Wilson, commonly known as Tony Wilson, was the music mogul behind some of Manchesters most successful bands. ...


His 2002 film In This World depicts the harrowing journey of two Afghan refugees from Pakistan, across the Middle East and Europe to Britain which they try to enter with the help of people smugglers. Shot on digital video with non-professional actors who virtually lived out the events of the film, its compelling sense of reality brought Winterbottom numerous awards including a Golden Bear and a BAFTA for best film not in the English language. Also see: 2002 (number). ... In This World DVD cover In This World is a 2002 British docu-drama directed by Michael Winterbottom. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... People smuggling is a term which is used to describe the illegal and organised smuggling of people across international boundaries, usually for financial gain. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Berlin International Film Festival, also called the Berlinale, is one of the most important film festivals in Europe and the world. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...


The futuristic romantic mystery Code 46 is a retelling of the Oedipus myth, in a world where cloning has created people so interrelated that strict laws (the Code 46 of the title) govern human reproduction. Essentially a film noir, it follows a fraud investigator played by Tim Robbins as he investigates a femme fatale played by Samantha Morton. The film's highly stylized settings were created on a limited budget by taking the tiny crew around the world, shooting in places which already looked like one hundred years in the future. Much of the film was shot in Shanghai, while Dubai and Rajasthan in India were also variously mixed to create a multi-ethnic melting-pot culture. Code 46 is a 2003 British film directed by Michael Winterbottom, screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce. ... For other uses, see Oedipus (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see clone. ... Tim Robbins at Cannes, 2001 Height: 6 ft 4 in / 1. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For other uses, see Shanghai (disambiguation). ... Coordinates: , Emirate Government  - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Area [1]  - Metro 4,114 km² (1,588. ... , Rājasthān (DevanāgarÄ«: राजस्थान, IPA: )   is the largest state of the Republic of India in terms of area. ...


9 Songs, released in 2004, gained attention as the most sexually explicit film ever to receive a certificate for general release in the UK. It charts a year-long relationship between two lovers, almost exclusively through their sexual interaction and various rock concerts the couple attend. During these concerts, the nine songs of the film's title often comment on the couple's relationship. The film became notorious in the UK for its candid scenes of unsimulated sex between the leads, Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley. 9 Songs is a 2004 British film, directed by Michael Winterbottom. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... British Board of Film Classification logo The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is the organisation responsible for film and some video game classification and censorship within the United Kingdom. ... Kieran OBrien is a British actor. ... Stilley in 9 Songs Margo Stilley (born November 20, 1982, South Carolina, U.S.A.) is an American actress and former model. ...


He followed that with 2006's A Cock and Bull Story, an adaptation of the famously "unfilmable" The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, one of the earliest novels. Shandy is a narrator so easily distracted in relating his life story that by the end of the book he has not yet come to his own birth. The movie, similarly, is about the making of a film of Tristram Shandy, and the impossibility of that task. Moreover, it deals with the impossibility of capturing the complexity of life in a work of art, but the value of the attempt. Steve Coogan stars as himself and as Shandy. The film also marks the end of Winterbottom's lengthy collaboration with writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, who chose to be credited under the pseudonym Martin Hardy.[1] For the novel by Will Self see Cock and Bull, for the expression, see Cock and Bull. ... The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (or, more briefly, Tristram Shandy) is a novel by Laurence Sterne. ...


Winterbottom's, The Road to Guantanamo, is a docu-drama about the "Tipton Three", three British Muslims captured by US forces in Afghanistan who spent two years as prisoners at Guantánamo Bay as alleged enemy combatants. It was shot in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran (which doubled as Cuba) in the fall of 2005. It premiered at the Berlinale on February 14, 2006. It debuted in the UK on television, on March 9, as it was co-financed by Channel 4. This article concerns a televised production about the U.S. military facility on the island of Cuba. ... The Tipton Three is the collective name given to three young men from Tipton, England, United Kingdom, who were held in extrajudicial detention for two years in Guantánamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba. ... A Muslim is a believer in or follower of Islam. ... Map of Cuba with location of Guantánamo Bay indicated. ... Unlawful combatant (also illegal combatant or unprivileged combatant) describes a person who engages in combat without meeting the requirements for a lawful combatant according to the laws of war as specified in the Third Geneva Convention. ...


Much of the film hinged on claims by the three that they were travelers caught up in the war and had no connection to militant groups. The story appeared to be undermined in 2007 when two of the three appeared on Channel 4's "Lie Lab" to take a lie detector test. One confessed to attending an Islamist training camp and the other refused to take the test [2].[3].


A Mighty Heart, Winterbottom's most recent film, is based on the book by Mariane Pearl, wife of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. The film stars Angelina Jolie and focuses on the pregnant Mariane's search for her missing husband in Pakistan in 2002. Produced by Jolie's partner Brad Pitt, it was shot in the fall of 2006 in India, Pakistan and France and premiered out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2007. A Mighty Heart is a memoir by Mariane Pearl, the widow of the slain American journalist Daniel Pearl. ... Daniel Pearl (October 10, 1963 – February 1, 2002) was an American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi, Pakistan. ... Angelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975) is an American film actress, a former fashion model and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt(born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ...


His next project, Genova, is a ghost story about a Englishman, played by Colin Firth, who moves his two American daughters to Italy following the death of his wife. It costars Catherine Keener and Hope Davis and was filmed in the titular city of Genoa, Italy during the summer of 2007. It was written by Wonderland screenwriter Laurence Coriat. Alternate uses, see Genoa (disambiguation). ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English film, television and stage actor. ... Catherine Ann Keener (born March 26, 1960 in Miami, Florida) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American actress. ... For other uses, see Genoa (disambiguation). ...


Following this, he plans to shoot Murder in Samarkand, the memoirs of the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, who was fired after drawing attention to the violent rule of American and British sponsored ruler Islom Karimov. The film will rejoin Winterbottom with Steve Coogan, who will play Murray. The script is by playwright David Hare. Craig Murray (born October, 1958)[1] is a British political activist, university rector and former ambassador to Uzbekistan. ... Islom Abdug‘aniyevich Karimov (Russian: Ислам Абдуганиевич Каримов Islam Abduganiyevich Karimov) (born on 30 January 1938) has served as the President of Uzbekistan since 1991. ... David Hare (born June 5, 1947) is an English dramatist and director. ...


In addition, he has already begun work on a project that will not be released until 2012. Seven Days stars John Simm as a man imprisoned for drug-smuggling and charts his relationship with his wife, played by Shirley Henderson. The film is being shot a few weeks at a time, over the next five years, to reflect the character's time in prison. It is being written by Winterbottom and Coriat. For other meanings of Seven Days, see Seven Days (disambiguation). ... John Ronald Simm (born July 10, 1970 in Leeds, West Yorkshire) is an English actor and musician. ... Shirley Henderson (born November 24, 1965) is a British actress. ...


Trivia

Six of his films were written by screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, including Welcome to Sarajevo and 24 Hour Party People. Frank Cottrell Boyce is a British screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor, best known for his collaborations with film director Michael Winterbottom. ... Welcome to Sarajevo is a British war movie from 1997. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 2004, his ex-wife, Sabrina Broadbent, published her first novel, Descent, a thinly veiled account of their life together, which received positive reviews. Ms. Broadbent had already won the 2002 WH Smith Raw Talent Award based on her synopsis and first chapter of the novel. She lives in the Crouch End area of North London with their two daughters. This article is about the bookshop chain; for the businessman and politician of that name, see William Henry Smith. ...


Filmography

Butterfly Kiss is a 1995 British film, directed by Michael Winterbottom and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. ... The feature film Go Now was released in 1998 by Polygram Filmed Entertainment. ... Jude is a 1996 English film, based on the novel Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy and directed by Michael Winterbottom. ... Welcome to Sarajevo is a British war movie from 1997. ... Wonderland is a 1999 drama film about the lives of a London couple and their three adult daughters. ... The Claim is a 2000 British Western/romance film directed by Michael Winterbottom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In This World DVD cover In This World is a 2002 British docu-drama directed by Michael Winterbottom. ... Code 46 is a 2003 British film directed by Michael Winterbottom, screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce. ... 9 Songs is a 2004 British film, directed by Michael Winterbottom. ... For the novel by Will Self see Cock and Bull, for the expression, see Cock and Bull. ... This article concerns a televised production about the U.S. military facility on the island of Cuba. ... A Mighty Heart is a 2007 film adaptation of Mariane Pearls memoir, A Mighty Heart. ...

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Michael Winterbottom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1541 words)
Michael Winterbottom (born March 29, 1961 in Blackburn, Lancashire) is a prolific British filmmaker, who has directed fourteen films in the past ten years, six of them written by screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, including Welcome to Sarajevo and 24 Hour Party People.
Winterbottom went to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn, taking his O Levels in an accelerated 4 years, and then attended Oxford University before going to film school at Bristol University.
Winterbottom's most recent film, The Road to Guantanamo, is a docu-drama about the "Tipton Three," three British Muslims captured by US forces in Afghanistan who spent two years as prisoners at Guantánamo Bay as alleged enemy combatants.
Guardian Unlimited Film | Interviews | A Winterbottom's tale (2162 words)
Winterbottom is on a roll: he has recently had 'a worrying number of retrospectives' for someone who is still only 42.
Winterbottom does a pretty good job of seeming not to be too bothered about this, grinning and saying: 'You'd have to ask her about that.' He does add that 'most shoots are about six or seven weeks.
Winterbottom is used to people finding his films a bit perplexing and paradoxical.
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