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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 28, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Albans, England, GB Profession: director, producer

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After first establishing himself as a craftsman of character-driven dramas and lighthearted romantic comedies in his native England, director Mike Newell ventured across the pond to direct several acclaimed American films, as well as a few major Hollywood blockbusters. Newell became known on British television with his acclaimed adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Man in the Iron Mask" (ITC, 1977) before making his feature film debut with the graphic horror movie, "The Awakening" (1980). Having established himself within a diversity of genres, he was free to choose his own course, which eventually led to the acclaimed biographical drama, "Dance With a Stranger" (1985), and the charming romantic comedy, "Enchanted April" (1991). Newell became an international name thanks to "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), a witty romantic comedy that helped turn Hugh Grant into a star. Taking a decidedly American turn, he directed the gritty crime drama, "Donnie Brasco" (1997), only to follow with the underwhelming "Pushing Tin" (1999). But by the time he directed major blockbuster movies like "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2010), Newell was an artist...

After first establishing himself as a craftsman of character-driven dramas and lighthearted romantic comedies in his native England, director Mike Newell ventured across the pond to direct several acclaimed American films, as well as a few major Hollywood blockbusters. Newell became known on British television with his acclaimed adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Man in the Iron Mask" (ITC, 1977) before making his feature film debut with the graphic horror movie, "The Awakening" (1980). Having established himself within a diversity of genres, he was free to choose his own course, which eventually led to the acclaimed biographical drama, "Dance With a Stranger" (1985), and the charming romantic comedy, "Enchanted April" (1991). Newell became an international name thanks to "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), a witty romantic comedy that helped turn Hugh Grant into a star. Taking a decidedly American turn, he directed the gritty crime drama, "Donnie Brasco" (1997), only to follow with the underwhelming "Pushing Tin" (1999). But by the time he directed major blockbuster movies like "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2010), Newell was an artist capable of directing just about anything he wanted with equal skill.

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  Reykjavik (2014)
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  Mona Lisa Smile (2003) Director
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  Pushing Tin (1999) Director
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  Donnie Brasco (1997) Director
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 At Sundance (1995) Himself
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1963:
Joined Granada TV as a production trainee
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Directed numerous TV plays for Granada TV in England
1977:
American directing debut, "The Man in the Iron Mask," an NBC TV-movie
1980:
Feature directing debut, "The Awakening," a supernatural adventure
1985:
Critical breakthrough film, "Dance With a Stranger"
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Directed a controversial commercial for England's Labor Party
1987:
Directed the well-intentioned "Amazing Grace and Chuck," starring Jamie Lee Curtis
1991:
Had critical and commercial success with romantic comedy "Enchanted April"
1993:
Helmed an episode of George Lucas's "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
1994:
Directed the internationally successful, "Four Weddings and a Funeral"; earned a surprise Oscar nomination as Best Picture
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Formed Dogstar Films with Alan Greenspan
1995:
Directed the documentary "At Sundance," an incisive, witty film history caught on the fly at the 1995 Sundance Festival
1997:
Established his credentials as a director of big-budget American films with "Donnie Brasco"
1997:
Signed two-year, first-look deal with Fox 2000
1998:
First Dogstar film, "Photographing Fairies"
1999:
Directed John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton in "Pushing Tin"
2003:
Directed Julia Roberts in "Mona Lisa Smile," as a free-thinking art professor teaching conservative 50's Wellesley girls to question their traditional societal role
2005:
Became the first British director to oversee a 'Harry Potter' film with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," adapted from the fourth book in the fantasy series by J.K. Rowling
2007:
Helmed the feature adaption of "Love in the Time of Cholera" starring Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt
2010:
Directed Jake Gyllenhaal in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
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Education

University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England -

Notes

On the diferences between making a big studio movie in America versus a small independent European film: "On the one hand, I loved it because there was always money to spend, and that makes a huge difference. If something is wrong, you just go on until you get it right. You don't have production managers yapping at you at the end of every day that you shot 9,000 feet of film and you said you would only shoot 6,000. So that side is a great relief. But then on the other hand, going against that there was the whole business of lugging actors with huge reputations around. Both Al [Pacino] and Johnny [Depp] are humane, decent human beings. But nonetheless, when the first assistant comes up to you right first in the morning and says, 'Al wants to see you in his trailer,' your heart does drop because you know that day's negotiations have begun." --Mike Newell to Los Angeles Times, February 27, 1997.

About the failure of "Amazing Grace and Chuck" (1987), where a little boy saves the world with the help of leading American sports stars: "It is sentimental. It's so little seen--it flew under most people's radar. I'm not going to defend it but I'm damned if I'll disown it. I made it in the full light of day. I thought I knew what I was doing. As it turned out, I didn't ... I fucked up the relationship with the boy. He hated me. He thought I was a bully and weird to him. He was a 12-year-old jock, a sportsman, this tense, resentful creature with whom I had set out to save the world. It was a mismatch. When films go wrong, they really go wrong. Nothing you can do stops them. But there's no film you ever make that you don't think is a good idea at the time. That's true of the ones that work and the ones that don't." --Newell quoted in Sight and Sound, May 1997.

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wife:
Bernice Newell.

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daughter:
Lizzie Newell.
son:
Billy Newell. Born c. 1995.

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