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Born: March 29, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lancastershire, England, GB Profession: director, editor

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A talented and intelligent British filmmaker of intense and often introspective relationship dramas, Michael Winterbottom has displayed a wide array of diverse film projects that ranged from neo-noir thrillers and political docudramas to gritty family melodramas and satirical comedies. After getting his start with Thames Television, Winterbottom made his feature debut with the lesbian-centric noir "Butterfly Kiss" (1995) before his ambitious take on Thomas Hardy's novel, "Jude" (1996). He earned considerable international acclaim for his searing war drama, "Welcome to Sarajevo" (1997), which unflinchingly depicted the horror of the brutal war in Yugoslavia. After the interesting, but little-seen revisionist Western, "The Claim" (2000), Winterbottom offered a restless kaleidoscope of images accompanied by a stellar soundtrack for "24 Hour Party People" (2002), which once again helped boost his international acclaim. Follow the highly controversial erotic drama, "9 Songs" (2005), which depicted graphic unsimulated sex onscreen, he steered star Angelina Jolie in one of her finest performances with "A Mighty Heart" (2007). By the time he directed Casey Affleck in "The Killer Inside Me" (2010),...

A talented and intelligent British filmmaker of intense and often introspective relationship dramas, Michael Winterbottom has displayed a wide array of diverse film projects that ranged from neo-noir thrillers and political docudramas to gritty family melodramas and satirical comedies. After getting his start with Thames Television, Winterbottom made his feature debut with the lesbian-centric noir "Butterfly Kiss" (1995) before his ambitious take on Thomas Hardy's novel, "Jude" (1996). He earned considerable international acclaim for his searing war drama, "Welcome to Sarajevo" (1997), which unflinchingly depicted the horror of the brutal war in Yugoslavia. After the interesting, but little-seen revisionist Western, "The Claim" (2000), Winterbottom offered a restless kaleidoscope of images accompanied by a stellar soundtrack for "24 Hour Party People" (2002), which once again helped boost his international acclaim. Follow the highly controversial erotic drama, "9 Songs" (2005), which depicted graphic unsimulated sex onscreen, he steered star Angelina Jolie in one of her finest performances with "A Mighty Heart" (2007). By the time he directed Casey Affleck in "The Killer Inside Me" (2010), Winterbottom was considered to be one of the more artistically daring directors working in contemporary cinema.

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  Trishna (2012)
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  Everyday (2012)
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  Trip, The (2011)
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  Genova (2008)
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Grew up in Blackburn
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First worked in the film and TV industries with a job in the cutting room at Thames Television
1988:
First work as director: made two TV documentaries about Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, "Ingmar Bergman: The Magic Lantern" (for Channel 4) and "Ingmar Bergman: The Director" (for ITV)
1989:
First worked with screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce on the made-for-TV young adult dramas, "The Strangers" and "Forget About Me"
1993:
Directed opening two-hour TV-movie installment of the British crime drama series, "Cracker"; opening episode entitled "Cracker: The Mad Woman in the Attic"
1994:
Breakthrough work, and first TV miniseries work, the four-part BBC/RTE serial drama, "Family"; a two-hour pared-down version of the program also played at a number of film festivals
1994:
Along with Andrew Eaton, formed production company, Revolution Films, in March, while "Family" was in post-production
1995:
Directed first feature film, "Butterfly Kiss"
1996:
Helmed the underrated adaptation of "Jude", starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet
1997:
Directed the based-on-fact "Welcome to Sarajevo", an ironically titled film about a British journalist who develops a bond with a Bosnian child
1999:
Won praise for "Wonderland", which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; released theatrically in the USA in 2000
2000:
Helmed "The Claim", an adaptation of "The Mayor of Casterbridge" set in 1860s California
2002:
Directed "24 Hour Party People", a drama about the British electronica musical group New Order
2002:
Helmed "Going Mad in Hollywood" (lensed 2002), a drama about filmmaker Lindsay Anderson's friendship with writer David Sherwin
2004:
Directed Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton in "Code 46" a futuristic love story
2005:
Directed "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story" an adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman"
2006:
Helmed the controversal film "The Road to Guantanamo," the true story of three friends who set off from Britain for a wedding overseas and ended up as terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay
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Set to helm "Genova," a ghost story about a British man who moves his two American daughters to Genoa following the death of his wife (lensed 2007)
2007:
Helmed "A Mighty Heart," starring Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl, the wife of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl
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University of Oxford: Oxford , England -

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