Born in Thailand, raised in Hong Kong and transplanted to London, Anand Tucker made his mark as a documentary filmmaker before switching to biopics, which allowed him some flights of fancy in the pres...
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|Feature debut, a biography of French author-adventurer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "Saint-Ex"|
|Directed Claire Danes and Steve Martin in "Shopgirl"; adapted by Martin from his novella|
|Directed the Showtime documentary special, "Naked Sports"|
|Co-produced the four-part A&E documentary, "Naked News"|
|Helmed the six-part PBS sports documentary series, "Power Plays"|
|Directed the romantic comedy, "Leap Year," starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode|
|Produced and directed the Lifetime documentary, "Anne Rice: Birth of the Vampire"|
|Directed "And When Did You Last See Your Father?"; based on Blake Morrison's 1993 autobiography of the same name|
|Grew up in Hong Kong but moved to London at age 18|
|Scored a huge hit with "Hilary and Jackie"; based on Hilary and Piers du Pre's memoir of life with their famous cellist sister Jacqueline, A Genius in the Family|
|Co-produced the film, "Girl with a Pearl Earring," about painter Johannes Vermeer|
Tucker evoked the loneliness of Jackie's celebrated concert career and her longing for the settled life of her sister while depicting the premature silencing of her prodigious talent (and death at 42) from multiple sclerosis as a tragedy for audiences, deprived of the sweet music she could have made. Screenwriter Boyce devised the winning formula, a three-act structure adopting an omniscient point of view of their childhood and "Rashomon" perspectives from both adult principals for Acts Two and Three. In an Oscar-nominated lead portrayal, Emily Watson stunningly captured every nuance of a character trapped between genius and madness, and Rachel Griffiths earned a Best Supporting Actress nod for supplying the film's emotional center (and holding her own against Watson's powerhouse performance as Jackie).
|About his initial meeting with Hilary and Piers du Pre: "What I've always done with anyone I've ever made a film about is to say, 'You've seen my work; I've told you the film I want to make; you have to decide whether you can trust me or not. The film I will make is not your story. It will be my version. If you want a truthful and accurate representation of your life, go away and do it yourself. Don't let me make your film.' They looked me in the eye; they trusted me, in the same way that I had to decide whether I trusted them or not. That's all you can ever do." - Tucker to the London Times, Jan. 19, 1999|
|On choosing his stars for "Hilary and Jackie" (1998): "I had lunch with Emily [Watson] in London. After that, she sent me a handwritten note that she had to do this film. I said to myself, 'Who am I, some skinny geek from North London?' She had just gotten a Golden Globe nomination [for 'The Boxer']. She could do anything she wanted. She said she wanted to do this. That's the way she is in acting. She's fearless and goes by instinct.
"Once we had Emily, I had to have an actress to match Jackie's power. She had to be strong enough to make a great sacrifice and not break. She was the emotional center of the film. Once I saw Rachel Griffiths, I knew immediately she was the one." - Tucker to the Daily Variety, Jan. 21, 1999
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