- Mike Newell (director)
Newell at WonderCon, 2010
Born Michael Cormac Newell
28 March 1942
St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality British Alma mater Cambridge University Occupation Director, producer Years active circ. 1960 – present Spouse Bernice Stegers
Michael Cormac "Mike" Newell (born 28 March 1942) is an English director and producer of motion pictures for the screen and for television. After the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005, Newell became the third most commercially successful British director in recent years, behind Christopher Nolan and David Yates, as confirmed by the UK Film Council in their 2010 Statistical Yearbook. Newell won the BAFTA Award for Best Direction in 1994 for Four Weddings and a Funeral and the BAFTA Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing for his career prior to 2005.
Newell was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, the son of amateur actors. Newell was educated at St Albans School and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He then attended a three year training course at Granada Television, with the intention of entering the theatre.
Newell directed various British TV shows from the 1960s onwards (Such as Spindoe (1968), credited as Cormac Newell, and Big Breadwinner Hog). However, he eventually graduated into film direction and then he went on to make the horror film The Awakening (1980) and Bad Blood (1981) about a New Zealand mass murderer.
His first film was The Man in the Iron Mask (1977), made for TV. His first critically acclaimed movie was Dance with a Stranger (1985), a biographical drama starring Miranda Richardson as Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Great Britain. For his directing efforts, Newell won the Award of the Youth at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.
Newell continued his successes in the film industry with Enchanted April (1992), an adaptation of the 1922 novel The Enchanted April; Miranda Richardson received a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical and Joan Plowright won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy/Musical.
The comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) was also critically acclaimed – it won numerous awards, including a César Award (Best Foreign Film), a Golden Globe (Best Actor – Hugh Grant), and a number of London Critics Circle Film Awards (Best Director, Film, Producer, and Screenwriter).
Since these award-winning productions, Newell has directed a number of films in Hollywood, such as Donnie Brasco (1997) (starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp), Pushing Tin (1999) (starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie), and Mona Lisa Smile (2003) (starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Stiles).
In 2005, Newell became the first British director of the Harry Potter film series. The previous directors in the series, Chris Columbus and Alfonso Cuarón, were American and Mexican, respectively. Newell directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth adaptation, which became a major success worldwide gross $895,921,036. Newell is heard briefly as the radio announcer at the beginning of the film, and he received a fee of $ 1 million to direct the film.
In 2005, Newell was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by the University of Hertfordshire which has a campus in St Albans, his birthplace. He directed Love in the Time of Cholera in 2007 and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in 2010. In February 2011, Newell was joined by author J. K. Rowling, David Heyman, David Barron, David Yates, Alfonso Cuarón, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in collecting the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema on behalf of the Harry Potter film franchise at the British Academy Film Awards.
- The Man in the Iron Mask (1977)
- The Awakening (1980)
- Bad Blood (1981)
- Dance with a Stranger (1985)
- The Good Father (1985)
- Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
- Enchanted April (1992)
- Into the West (1992)
- Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
- An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)
- Donnie Brasco (1997)
- Pushing Tin (1999)
- Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
- Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
- Great Expectations (2012, pre-production)
- ^ Mike Newell on Love in the Time of Cholera
- ^ Newell third successful director
- ^ Mike Newell: BAFTA/LA
- ^ Mike Newell Biography (1942–)
- ^ Newell: BAFTA Harry Potter
- ^ Newell: Great Expectations
- ^ Ralph Fiennes In Talks For Great Expectations
- ^ "Helena Bonham Carter in 'Great Expectations'? Star in Talks for Miss Havisham Role". Huffington Post. 14 April 2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/14/helena-bonham-carter-in-great-expectations_n_849238.html. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- ^ "Jeremy Irvine Meeting Great Expectations, Helena Bonham Carter also in talks". Empire Online. 15 April 2011. http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp?NID=30724. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- ^ "'War' star Irvine meets 'Expectations'". Variety. 14 April 2011. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118035441. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- ^ "Number 9's slate includes new Neil Jordan vampire film". ScreenDaily. 15 May 2011. http://www.screendaily.com/news/uk-ireland/number-9s-slate-includes-new-neil-jordan-vampire-film/5027544.article. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
Harry Potter film director
Films directed by Mike Newell 1970sThe Man in the Iron Mask (1977) 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010sPrince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) BAFTA Award for Best Direction (1985–2009)
no award (1985) · Woody Allen (1986) · Oliver Stone (1987) · Louis Malle (1988) · Kenneth Branagh (1989) · Martin Scorsese (1990) · Alan Parker (1991) · Robert Altman (1992) · Steven Spielberg (1993) · Mike Newell (1994) · Michael Radford (1995) · Joel Coen (1996) · Baz Luhrmann (1997) · Peter Weir (1998) · Pedro Almodóvar (1999) · Ang Lee (2000) · Peter Jackson (2001) · Roman Polanski (2002) · Peter Weir (2003) · Mike Leigh (2004) · Ang Lee (2005) · Paul Greengrass (2006) · Joel Coen / Ethan Coen (2007) · Danny Boyle (2008) · Kathryn Bigelow (2009)
Complete list · (1968–1984) · (1985–2009) · (2010–2034) Excellence in Film
Albert R. Broccoli (1989) · Michael Caine (1990) · Peter Ustinov (1992) · Martin Scorsese (1993) · Anthony Hopkins (1995) · Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein (1996) · Dustin Hoffman (1997) · John Travolta (1998) · Stanley Kubrick (1999) · Steven Spielberg (2000) · George Lucas (2001) · Hugh Grant (2003) · Tom Hanks (2004) · Tom Cruise (2005) · Denzel Washington (2007) · Sean Penn (2008) · Robert De Niro (2009) · Jeff Bridges (2010)
Artistic Excellence in Directing Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment British Artist of the Year
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