Anthony Minghella

Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Because of his start as a writer, actor and teacher in theater, filmmaker Anthony Minghella directed some of the most emotionally compelling films of the late-20th century and beyond. Ever since his directorial debut ... Read more »
Born: 01/05/1954 in Isle of Wight, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (21)

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax 2015 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

("Upper East Side") (Screenplay)

Nine 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Breaking and Entering 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Daedalus & Icarus 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creator

Orpheus & Eurydice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creator

Perseus & the Gorgon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creator

Theseus & the Minotaur 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creator

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Driven to Distraction 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

Deceived By Flight 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer

Truly Madly Deeply 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Jim Henson Hour 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Writer

A Story Short 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

Fearnot 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

The Luck Child 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

Hans My Hedgehog 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Inspector Morse, Series I 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

The Three Ravens (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (10)

Margaret 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Love You More 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Reader 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Michael Clayton 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Breaking and Entering 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Catch a Fire 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Interpreter 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Heaven 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Quiet American 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Iris 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (8)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Breaking and Entering 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Wonderful 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Truly Madly Deeply 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Play (TV Show)

Director
Actor (6)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Atonement 2007 (Movie)

Interviewer (Actor)

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Morse (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Songs Arranger (Music Arranger)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

("Moanin'" "My Funny Valentine" "Tu Vuo'fa L'Americano" "Four" "Pent-Up House" "You Don't Know What Love Is") (Music Producer)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

music/music producer("Lullaby for Cain") (Music)
Other (2)

Malena 2000 (Movie)

(subtitles) (Special Thanks)

Tom & Viv 1994 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Because of his start as a writer, actor and teacher in theater, filmmaker Anthony Minghella directed some of the most emotionally compelling films of the late-20th century and beyond. Ever since his directorial debut, "Truly Madly Deeply" (1990), it was evident that Minghella was on a path to make films of extraordinary depth and richly-textured nuance. When he made his multi-Academy Award winning epic, "The English Patient" (1996), Minghella's status as a top shelf writer-director who was able to compel great performances from actors was only confirmed. He continued forging his legacy with strong adaptations of difficult novels, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999) and "Cold Mountain" (2003), both of which earned critical kudos and numerous award nominations. After delving into opera with a 2005 staging of "Madame Butterfly" and helming the sub-par comedy-drama, "Breaking and Entering" (2006), Minghella's artistic output was cut short at the age of 54, when he died suddenly from a fatal brain hemorrhage. But he left behind a strong, yet incomplete body of work that would long rival the great directors of any generation.

Relationships

Carolyn Choa

Wife
Born in Hong Kong

Edward Minghella

Father
Moved to Isle of Wight from Italy played bit role in "The English Patient" (1996) directed by his son

Max Minghella Actor

Son
Born Sept. 16, 1985 mother, Carolyn Choa made feature debut in "Bee Season" (2005) and starred in "Art School Confidential" (2006)

Dominic Minghella Actor

Brother
Created the British comedy-drama series "Doc Martin" (ITV) and the BBC One's "Robin Hood"

Gloria Minghella

Mother
Moved to Isle of Wight from Italy played bit role in "The English Patient" (1996) directed by her son

Hannah Minghella Actor

Daughter
Born March 24, 1979 worked as Production Assistant on her father's film "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999)

Edana Minghella

Sister

EDUCATION

University of Hull

1975
Completed undergraduate and graduate courses, but eventually abandoned his doctoral thesis

University of Hull

1975
Completed undergraduate and graduate courses, but eventually abandoned his doctoral thesis

Milestones

2009

Co-wrote with Michael Tolkin, the screenplay adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Nine" (released posthumously)

2008

Adapted and directed the pilot episode of "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" starring Jill Scott and based on the novels by Alexander McCall Smith; aired on BBC within a week of his death in 2008; began airing in the US in 2009

2007

Executive produced the Oscar-nominated, "Michael Clayton"

2006

Wrote (also directed) the original screenplay, "Breaking and Entering"; third collaboration with Jude Law

2005

Directed the highly successful staging of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" at the English National Opera in London; choreographed by his wife, Carolyn Choa

2003

Helmed (also wrote screenplay) the feature adaptation of Charles Frazier's Civil War-era novel "Cold Mountain" starring Jude Law; earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay

2000

Formed Mirage Enterprises with Sydney Pollack

1999

Adapted (also directed) for the screen, "The Talented Mr. Ripley"; first collaboration with Jude Law; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Directing and an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay

1996

International breakthrough feature (wrote and directed), "The English Patient"; film received 12 Academy Award nominations and won nine, including Best Picture and Best Director

1993

First American film, "Mr. Wonderful" starring Matt Dillon

1990

Feature directorial debut, "Truly, Madly, Deeply"; also scripted

1990

Wrote for the series "The Storyteller" (NBC), produced by Jim Henson

1989

Scripted the British TV-movie "Living with Dinosaurs"

1989

Wrote for "The Jim Henson Hour" (NBC)

1988

Penned the BBC radio play "Cigarettes and Chocolate"

1987

Wrote for the English TV series, "Inspector Morse"

1986

Scripted the British teleplay "What If It's Raining?"

1986

Earned notice for his West End debut, "Made in Bangkok" about the exploitation of women in Thailand

1983

Wrote teleplays for the British series "Studio"

1981

Enjoyed modest success with play "Whale Music"

1976

Lectured in drama at the University of Hull

1975

Made stage directing debut with own play "Mobius the Stripper" in England

Contributed to the screenplay for "The Doctor"; did not receive final screen credit

Raised on the Isle of Wight

Bonus Trivia

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Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2001.

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"I made a pact with John Seale, the cinematographer, and production designer Stuart Craig that we would never invest in the landscape. There is no shot in the film ["The English Patient"] which begins on some gorgeous scenery or bit of architecture. We were interested only in that activity generated by character which requires you to look beyond an elbow or a neck." - Minghella quoted in the London Times, March 3, 1997

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"Yes, we weren't keen at first [on Minghella's decision to pursue a career in the arts and not to work in the ice cream business], his mother was horrified, but how could we have anticipated what would happen." - Edward Minghella (Anthony's father) to the London Times, March 26, 1997

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"The advantage I have when I walk on a set with my own writing is that I know every beat and impulse and nuance of it because it's come directly through me, and so there's nothing I don't know about the screenplay. It means I'm free to let go of it completely." - Minghella to the Director's Guild of America magazine, June 1997

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"I was trained as an academic, but my instincts as a writer are unintellectual. There's nothing 'from the head' when I go to make movies. I'm interested in emotional journeys rather than theoretical ones. 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' for instance, is very influenced by Italian filmmakers like Fellini, De Sica, the Taviani brothers and Rossellini, whose movies have an enormous spirit of humanity that doesn't judge, doesn't simplify. I love that, and I think that like them, 'Ripley' has an operatic edge to it - it's naked, raw and emotional." - Minghella quoted in Movieline, December 1999/January 2000

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"He's the infra-red end of the spectrum of collaboration. Ultra-violet is someone like Milos Forman, who has a team of editors and tells them how to make every cut. Anthony gives me freedom and responsibility. But he asks for advice from everyone on the picture. He even asked Miramax and Paramount! He listens to everyone, and when people really think you're listening they'll give you strange and valuable ideas. But when we're editing it's just the two of us. There is no other stage after us, and really what I feel we're doing is completing the script-writing process." - editor Walter Murch on working with Anthony Minghella to The New York Times, Dec. 19, 1999

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On why he had to direct "The Talented Mr. Ripley" for which he wrote the screenplay, Minghella told Eric Harrison of the Los Angeles Times (Dec. 19, 1999): "I felt such a profound connection with the material that I couldn't bear the thought of somebody else doing it."

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