Anand Tucker

Director, Documentarian, Producer
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 presentation of ... Read more »
Born: 06/23/1963 in Thailand

Filmography

Director (10)

November 5 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Rogue 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

1983: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 3 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Leap Year 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

When Did You Last See Your Father? 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Shopgirl 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Hilary and Jackie 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Anne Rice: Birth of the Vampire 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Saint-Ex 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Naked Sports: Four Portraits 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (4)

The Railway Man 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Incendiary 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Girl With a Pearl Earring 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Naked News 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Co-Producer
Other (1)

Incendiary 2009 (Movie)

Unit Director (Second Unit Director)

Biography

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 presentation of nonfiction material. Having worked with producers Andy Paterson and Nicolas Kent, as well as composer Barrington Pheloung, on his three documentaries airing on American television, he added screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce and director of photographer David Johnson to his creative team for the films that followed. Though his reach extended his grasp on "Saint-Ex" (1996), a curiously uninvolving look at French aviator-novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupery (despite striking visuals and a valiant attempt to shake up the genre), the director scored with the compelling "Hilary and Jackie" (1998), the story of sibling rivalry and love between virtuoso cellist Jacqueline du Pre and her sister Hilary.

Milestones

2010

Directed the romantic comedy, "Leap Year," starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode

2008

Directed "And When Did You Last See Your Father?"; based on Blake Morrison's 1993 autobiography of the same name

2005

Directed Claire Danes and Steve Martin in "Shopgirl"; adapted by Martin from his novella

2003

Co-produced the film, "Girl with a Pearl Earring," about painter Johannes Vermeer

1998

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

1996

Feature debut, a biography of French author-adventurer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "Saint-Ex"

1995

Co-produced the four-part A&E documentary, "Naked News"

1994

Helmed the six-part PBS sports documentary series, "Power Plays"

1994

Produced and directed the Lifetime documentary, "Anne Rice: Birth of the Vampire"

1993

Directed the Showtime documentary special, "Naked Sports"

Grew up in Hong Kong but moved to London at age 18

Bonus Trivia

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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

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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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