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Also Known As: Nicholas Broomfield Died:
Born: January 30, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: documentarian, director, screenwriter, producer, sound technician

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One of the most prolific and controversial documentary filmmakers of his day, Nick Broomfield explored such topics as urban blight, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, and sensational murder trials in a career that spanned well over 20 films. After graduating from Britain's National Film and Television School, he embarked on a professional journey marked by his effective use of the no frills cinema vérité style of filmmaking. Projects such as "Juvenile Liason" (1975), "Tattooed Tears" (1978), and "Chicken Ranch" delved into a variety of social issues often overlooked in more mainstream documentaries. Broomfield's approach began to shift with the film "Driving Me Crazy" (1988), in which he not only recorded his subject, but the often combative process of making the film, as well. Possibly his most affecting work, "Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer" (1994) attempted to glean a humane insight into the troubled mind of America's first female serial murderer. He made a splash with his timely exposé "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam" (1995), and stirred the waters of conspiracy theory with "Kurt & Courtney" (1998). Nearly 40 years after beginning his career, Broomfield continued to explore...

One of the most prolific and controversial documentary filmmakers of his day, Nick Broomfield explored such topics as urban blight, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, and sensational murder trials in a career that spanned well over 20 films. After graduating from Britain's National Film and Television School, he embarked on a professional journey marked by his effective use of the no frills cinema vérité style of filmmaking. Projects such as "Juvenile Liason" (1975), "Tattooed Tears" (1978), and "Chicken Ranch" delved into a variety of social issues often overlooked in more mainstream documentaries. Broomfield's approach began to shift with the film "Driving Me Crazy" (1988), in which he not only recorded his subject, but the often combative process of making the film, as well. Possibly his most affecting work, "Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer" (1994) attempted to glean a humane insight into the troubled mind of America's first female serial murderer. He made a splash with his timely exposé "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam" (1995), and stirred the waters of conspiracy theory with "Kurt & Courtney" (1998). Nearly 40 years after beginning his career, Broomfield continued to explore controversial themes in films like "Battle of Haditha" (2008), reinforcing his reputation as one of cinema's most persistent provocateurs.

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  Kurt & Courtney (1998) Director
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  Fetishes (1997)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Kurt & Courtney (1998) Himself/Interviewer
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 Driving Me Crazy (1988) Narration
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Born and raised in London
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Originally studied to be a lawyer; later attended National Film and Television School in London
1978:
Made documentary "Who Cares" about urban redevelopment in Liverpool; followed with "Proud to Be British", an award-winning satire of the British aristocracy
1980:
First collaborated with Joan Churchill, "Juvenile Liaison"
1987:
Documnetary "Lily Tomlin" released after protracted legal battle with star
1988:
Feature directorial debut, "Dark Obsession"
1991:
Directed Spalding Gray in film adaptation of his one-man show "Monster in a Box"
1993:
Made award-winning documentary "Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer"
1995:
Wrote, co-produced, directed and narrated "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam"; shown on Cinemax; later released theatrically
1996:
"Fetishes: Mistresses and Domination at Pandora's Box", which explored the world of S&M, aired as part of the HBO series "America Undercover"; released theatrically in 1997
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Made documentary "Kurt and Courtney" about rockers Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love; film's premiere at 1998 Sundance Film Festival was cancelled after legal threats from Love, the BBC (which claimed ownership), EMI Music Publishing (over music rights) and Cobain's estate; film received screening at the Slamdunk Festival on January 19
1998:
Signed exclusive deal with Britain's Channel 4 to produce four documentaries
2002:
Premeried documentary "Biggie & Tupac"
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Education

Essex University: -
Cardiff University: -
Cardiff University: -
National Film and Television School: - 1971 - 1974

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companion:
Joan Churchill. Producer, director, screenwriter. Together from c. late 1970s; American; mother of Broomfield's son Barnaby.
companion:
Amanda Donohoe. Actor. Appeared in "Dark Obsession" (1991); began relationship c. 1988; separated in 1991; reconciled; separated again.

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son:
Barnaby Broomfield. Born c. August 1981; mother, Joan Churchill.

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