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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 25, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, editor, advertising casting agent

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While he has not proven to be a prolific filmmaker, Hugh Hudson has directed a handful of fascinating and well-crafted movies, nearly all of which center on the theme of search for identity. On various levels, his early films play out as veiled autobiography--the events and characters may not line up exactly, but the overarching arc of the story reflects his concerns and mirrors his life.

While he has not proven to be a prolific filmmaker, Hugh Hudson has directed a handful of fascinating and well-crafted movies, nearly all of which center on the theme of search for identity. On various levels, his early films play out as veiled autobiography--the events and characters may not line up exactly, but the overarching arc of the story reflects his concerns and mirrors his life.

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DIRECTOR:

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  I Dreamed of Africa (2000) Director
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  My Life So Far (1999) Director
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  Lumiere Et Compagnie (1996) Featured Director
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  Lost Angels (1989) Director
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  Revolution (1985) Director
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  CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981) Director
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  Midnight Express (1978) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
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  12 Squadron Buccaneers (1978) Director
10.
  Fangio (1977) Director

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Raised in London, Shropshire, and Scotland
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Made first amateur film as a child; movie was set during Cromwell's reign
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Entered the army for compulsory national service upon finishing Eton
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Worked at a London advertising agency as head of its casting department
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Spent two years in Paris editing documentaries
1960:
Returned to London and formed the production company, Cammell-Hudson-Brownjohn (date approximate)
1963:
Company produced first documentary, "A... Is For Apple"; co-directed with John Burrows
1965:
Solo directorial debut with the documentary, "Birth of a Twin"
1966:
First screenplay credit, the award-winning short documentary, "The Tortise and the Hare"; also produced and directed
1970:
Teamed with Ridley Scott to make TV commercials
1975:
Formed Hudson Film; shared offices with Alan Parker
1975:
Wrote and directed "Fangio", a biographical documentary of the world champion race car driver
1978:
Feature debut, served as 2nd unit director on Parker's "Midnight Express"
1981:
Feature directorial debut, "Chariots of Fire"; film earned seven Oscar nominations including one for Best Director; won four including Best Picture; also initial screen collaboration with David Puttnam
1984:
Debut as feature producer with "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes"; also directed
1985:
Experienced boxoffice failure with "Revolution", a father-son drama set against the background of the colonial rebellion in America
1989:
Last film for nearly a decade, "Lost Angels"
1997:
Reteamed with David Puttnam for "My Life So Far/World of Moss", a coming-of-age drama set in Scotland in the 1920s and 1930s; based on the memoir by Sir Denis Forman; released in the USA in 1999
2000:
Directed the biopic "I Dreamed of Africa", which starred Kim Basinger as African wildlife expert Kuki Gallmann
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Education

Eton College: -

Notes

"In the early forties it was rare for a child to have divorced parents [even considered scandalous]. Sadly, it is now commonplace. So though 'Lost Angels' is set in the suburbia of Southern California, it might well be Paris, Madrid or London." --Hugh Hudson

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