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Also Known As: Ben Ross Died:
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Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: director

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The first effort of this rising British filmmaker, "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (1996) was made in 1994, shown at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and created a buzz in Great Britain. Benjamin Ross showed promise as a cutting edge writer and director willing to challenge the limits. The feature was drawn from the real-life story of a 14-year old science enthusiast who poisons his entire family, is caught and imprisoned and then released after serving eight years. Soon after his release, he resumes his ways, poisoning his factory co-workers. Ross eschewed the label of black comedy claiming it was "nastier and more aggressive" in Premiere, (February 1996).

The first effort of this rising British filmmaker, "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (1996) was made in 1994, shown at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and created a buzz in Great Britain. Benjamin Ross showed promise as a cutting edge writer and director willing to challenge the limits. The feature was drawn from the real-life story of a 14-year old science enthusiast who poisons his entire family, is caught and imprisoned and then released after serving eight years. Soon after his release, he resumes his ways, poisoning his factory co-workers. Ross eschewed the label of black comedy claiming it was "nastier and more aggressive" in Premiere, (February 1996).

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  RKO 281 (1999) Director
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  My Little Eye (1992) Director
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  Three Believers (1990) Director

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1972:
Given 8 mm film and commences making amateur films (date approximate)
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While attending Oxford, spent summers in the USA working as set builder and in other capacities on soft-core porn and low-budget films
1986:
First screen credit as production apprentice on Troma's "The Toxic Avenger"
1988:
Made short Super-8 film, the faux documentary "Rent Boy"
1990:
Worked as uncredited production assistant on "Billy Bathgate"
1990:
While attending Columbia University, directed and scripted the short war comedy "Three Believers"
1992:
Wrote and directed short comedy "My Little Eye" for Britain's Channel 4
1994:
Filmed "The Young Poisoner's Handbook"; film shown at Sundance in 1995; released in the USA in 1996
1999:
Helmed the acclaimed HBO movie "RKO 281", about the making of Orson Welles' 1941 classic "Citizen Kane"; received Emmy nomination
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Education

University of Oxford: Oxford , England - 1985
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1990

Notes

"Evil on a genocidal scale is a human potential that exists within everybody, and that's a matter of great distaste, but it's also a matter of huge moral and dramatic importance." --Ben Ross in Premiere, February 1996.

"Being in America made me want to write about England. Perhaps I was homesick but I wanted to throw the whole cultural experience into relief." --Ben Ross

"I'm always quoting from 'The Exorcist.' If only I could spin my head around." --Ross to Time Out New York, February 21-28, 1998.

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