Russell Mulcahy


Director

About

Birth Place
Australia
Born
June 23, 1953

Biography

Award-winning director of commercials and rock videos in the 1980s turned polished and proficient helmer of Hollywood genre movies. Mulcahy directed over 300 rock videos by 1983, including 15 starring Elton John and others featuring glitzy sets and costumes and fluid camerawork which highlighted Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac ("Gypsy") and Rod Stewart ("Young Turk...

Biography

Award-winning director of commercials and rock videos in the 1980s turned polished and proficient helmer of Hollywood genre movies. Mulcahy directed over 300 rock videos by 1983, including 15 starring Elton John and others featuring glitzy sets and costumes and fluid camerawork which highlighted Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac ("Gypsy") and Rod Stewart ("Young Turks"). He also made many TV commercials, including advertisements for HBO, Doritos, Miller Lite beer, Ford and British Petroleum. Mulcahy made his feature debut with the British-produced "Derek and Clive Get the Horn" (1980), starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and followed up with "Razorback" (1984), a galvanizing cult thriller about a killer pig set in the Australian outback.

Mulcahy achieved some measure of commercial success with the Sean Connery/Christopher Lambert fantasy vehicle, "Highlander" (1986), which yielded the disappointing sequel, "Highlander II: The Quickening" (1991). He next fashioned a slick urban thriller, "Richochet" (1991) starring Denzel Washington and John Lithgow, which seemed to set a pattern for his subsequent work. Teaming for the first time with producer Martin Bregman on the made-for-cable spy drama, "Blue Ice" (1992), Mulcahy reteamed with Bregman and stayed in character with the unsuccessful "The Real McCoy" (1993), a tale of a burglar starring Kim Basinger. Mulcahy's third teaming with Bregman, "The Shadow" (1994), was his most ambitious feature project to date. With a $45 million budget at his command, Mulcahy unleashed his video-bred stylishness on the period adventure thriller as he sought to bring the cult pulp-fiction figure Lamont Cranston to the screen.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Give 'Em Hell, Malone (2010)
Director
Prayers for Bobby (2009)
Director
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (2008)
Director
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Director
While the Children Sleep (2007)
Director
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2006)
Director
Mysterious Island (2005)
Director
Swimming Upstream (2005)
Director
First to Die (2003)
Director
Resurrection (1999)
Director
Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy (1999)
Director
Silent Trigger (1996)
Director
The Shadow (1994)
Director
Blue Ice (1993)
Director
The Real Mccoy (1993)
Director
Ricochet (1991)
Director
Highlander 2: The Quickening (Director's Cut) (1991)
Director
Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991)
Director
Highlander (1986)
Director
Razorback (1984)
Director
Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1980)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation (2008)
Himself

Writer (Feature Film)

Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy (1999)
From Story
Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy (1999)
Screenwriter

Editing (Feature Film)

Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1980)
Editor

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation (2008)
Other

Director (Special)

Horror in the Night (1996)
Director
People Who Live in Brass Hearses (1993)
Director
Split Second (1991)
Director

Cast (Special)

Video Killed the Radio Star (2000)
The Hunger: An MTV Sneak Preview (1997)
Interviewee

Director (TV Mini-Series)

3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004)
Director
The Lost Battalion (2001)
Director

Life Events

1967

Taught himself to use a camera at age 14; began photographing and creating short films; first effort, "Vampire Island", shot with two friends until one of them fell off a cliff and broke his ankle; production unfinished (date approximate)

1978

Work was noticed by music video impresario John Roseman

1980

Directed first film, the United Kingdom production, "Derek and Clive Get the Horn"; also edited

1991

American feature directorial debut, "Highlander II: The Quickening"

1991

Made American TV directorial debut with "Split Second", an installment of the HBO horror anthology series, "Tales From the Crypt"

1992

First collaboration with producer Martin Bregman, "Blue Ice"

1994

Directed Alec Baldwin in "The Shadow" based on the 1930's comic strip

2000

Directed several episodes of the showtime series "Queer as Folk"

2004

Directed the "The Dale Earnhardt Story" (ESPN) which chronicles the legendary race car drive Dale Earnhardt, who died in 2001 during the last lap of the Daytona 500

2005

Directed the true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man from a troubled family who became a champion swimmer; starring Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis

2007

Helmed "Resident Evil: Extinction," the third installment in the series, starring Milla Jovovich

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