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Birth Place: Cotswolds, England, GB Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, dancer

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One of the youngest directors accepted in the Discovery Program sponsored by Columbia Pictures, British-born Rupert Wainwright established his reputation as an award-winning maker of commercial spots (i.e., Reebok Shoes' "Blacktop" ads) and music videos (more than a dozen for M.C. Hammer). A former actor who appeared in two British films ("Another Country" 1984 and "Dreamchild" 1985), he directed the very stylish ABC TV-movie "Dillinger" (1991), starring Mark Harmon, before making his feature debut at the helm of the Disney programmer "Blank Check" (1994), a "Home Alone" clone which wallowed so exuberantly in conspicuous consumption that its ultimate "money can't buy happiness" message rang hollow. Wainwright followed with the original and often provocative "The Sadness of Sex" (1995), a collaboration with actor-writer Barry Yourgrau comprising 15 vignettes on the cyclical phases of courtship, romance, passion and breakup, each directed in a distinct visual style and accompanied by a different kind of music. Unfortunately, the excessive MTV-like parade of images and sounds and consciously disjointed narrative undercut the emotional impact of the elaborately mounted multimedia performance piece....

One of the youngest directors accepted in the Discovery Program sponsored by Columbia Pictures, British-born Rupert Wainwright established his reputation as an award-winning maker of commercial spots (i.e., Reebok Shoes' "Blacktop" ads) and music videos (more than a dozen for M.C. Hammer). A former actor who appeared in two British films ("Another Country" 1984 and "Dreamchild" 1985), he directed the very stylish ABC TV-movie "Dillinger" (1991), starring Mark Harmon, before making his feature debut at the helm of the Disney programmer "Blank Check" (1994), a "Home Alone" clone which wallowed so exuberantly in conspicuous consumption that its ultimate "money can't buy happiness" message rang hollow. Wainwright followed with the original and often provocative "The Sadness of Sex" (1995), a collaboration with actor-writer Barry Yourgrau comprising 15 vignettes on the cyclical phases of courtship, romance, passion and breakup, each directed in a distinct visual style and accompanied by a different kind of music. Unfortunately, the excessive MTV-like parade of images and sounds and consciously disjointed narrative undercut the emotional impact of the elaborately mounted multimedia performance piece. Wainwright's next feature entry was "Stigmata" (1999), an "Exorcist" clone starring Patricia Arquette as a woman who may or may not be possessed by demons and Gabriel Byrne as the priest dispatched by the Vatican to uncover the truth.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Fog, The (2005) Director
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  Stigmata (1999) Director
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  Sadness of Sex, The (1995) Director
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  Blank Check (1994) Director
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  Dillinger (1991) Director
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  Open Window (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Dreamchild (1985) Hargreaves
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 Another Country (1984) Devenish
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Began career as a ballet dancer
1984:
Film acting debut in "Another Country"
1985:
Had last acting role (to date) in "Dreamchild"
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Moved to Southern California to study film at UCLA
1988:
Worked as a production assistant on the Oscar-winning short film, "Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall"
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Was one of the youngest directors accepted in the Discovery Program sponsored by Columbia Pictures; made the short film, "The Open Window" (1989) while there
1991:
Directed first TV-movie, "Dillinger" (ABC); first association with Patricia Arquette
1991:
Short "The Open Window" aired as segment of "Showtime 30-Minute Movie"
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Helmed every music video featuring M.C. Hammer; 14 of them aired as part of 1992 CBS primetime music special "Hammer from the Heart"
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Worked as a commercials director for products like Reebok (featuring tennis pro Michael Chang), Frito Lay (featuring Reba McEntire), McDonald's, Sprint and Converse, among others
1994:
Feature film directorial debut, "Blank Check", Disney's "Home Alone" clone
1994:
Directed the theatrical trailer for Michael Jackson's "HIStory" album
1995:
Helmed original and often provocative (but ultimately unsatisfying) "The Sadness of Sex", a multimedia performance piece about the mysteries of love; also collaborated with Barry Yourgrau on screeenplay, based on Yourgrau's book
1996:
With Sony Pictures Entertainment, created Pavlov Pictures, a commercial production division
1999:
Directed "Stigmata", a thriller in the "Exorcist" mold starring Arquette, Gabriel Byrne and Jonathan Pryce
2005:
Directed the remake of John Carpenter's "The Fog" starring Tom Welling and Maggie Grace
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Education

Oriel College, Oxford University: -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Wellington School: -

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wife:
Tarja Wainwright.

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son:
Peter Glynn Alexander Wainwright. Born on March 3, 1999.

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