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Born: September 3, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: producer, executive, usher

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A prominent figure of the beleaguered British film industry. Woolley, a former journalist, and entrepreneur Nik Powell co-founded Palace Pictures in 1981. This successful distribution company brought to England such films as "Diva" (1982) and "Blood Simple" (1984). He then moved into production with Powell and Chris Brown and enjoyed critical and commercial success with features including Neil Jordan's "A Company of Wolves" (1985) and "Mona Lisa" (1986) and Chris Bernard's "A Letter to Brezhnev" (1985). Largely due to the steadily worsening economic environment for British filmmakers, Palace went bankrupt in 1992. With partial funding from corporate giant Polygram, Woolley and Powell went on to form Scala Productions, named after London's Scala cinema, where Woolley had begun his film career as programmer and manager.

A prominent figure of the beleaguered British film industry. Woolley, a former journalist, and entrepreneur Nik Powell co-founded Palace Pictures in 1981. This successful distribution company brought to England such films as "Diva" (1982) and "Blood Simple" (1984). He then moved into production with Powell and Chris Brown and enjoyed critical and commercial success with features including Neil Jordan's "A Company of Wolves" (1985) and "Mona Lisa" (1986) and Chris Bernard's "A Letter to Brezhnev" (1985). Largely due to the steadily worsening economic environment for British filmmakers, Palace went bankrupt in 1992. With partial funding from corporate giant Polygram, Woolley and Powell went on to form Scala Productions, named after London's Scala cinema, where Woolley had begun his film career as programmer and manager.

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  Stoned (2005)

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1962:
Worked as cinema usher at age 16 (dates approximate)
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Became manager, then proprietor of London's Scala Cinema (London's longest established repertory theater)
1981:
Co-founded (with Nik Powell), Palace Productions, distribution company
1984:
First feature as co-executive producer (with Nik Powell), "Chinese Boxes" (West Germany); film distributed by Palace
1985:
Initial screen collaboration with Neil Jordan, "The Company of Wolves"
1986:
Was one of the producers of Jordan's "Mona Lisa", starring Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine
1988:
Produced first American feature, "Shag"
1989:
Produced first film in long-term collaboration with Miramax films, "Scandal"
1990:
Produced first TV show, "Red, Hot & Blue"
1992:
Shared in Best Picture Oscar nomination as producer of Jordan's "The Crying Game"
1994:
Reteamed with Neil Jordan for the big-budget "Interview With the Vampire"
1996:
Produced Jordan's biopic of Irish revolutionary "Michael Collins"
1998:
Served as a producer on Shane Meadows' debut feature "TwentyFourSeven", starring Hoskins
1998:
Produced "Little Voice", Mark Herman's screen adaptation of "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" by Jim Cartwright
1999:
Reteamed with Jordan for the remake of "The End of the Affair"
2005:
Produced Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto"
2006:
Made directorial debut with "Stoned" a chronicle of the sordid life and suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones
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Notes

Woolley and Powell, through Palace Productions, have released such films as "Mephisto" (1930), "Eraserhead" (1977), and "Aguirre: Wrath of God" (1972) and have distributed such films as "Diva" (1981), "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985) and "When Harry Met Sally..." (1989).

"What I cannot stand are films that take no risks. They soak up time and money." --Stephen Woolley quoted in Screen International, April 7, 2000

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wife:
Elizabeth Karlsen. Producer.

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