Beeban Kidron

Director, Camera operator, Photographer
Trained in the British TV industry, Beeban Kidron has come to specialize in modest, eccentric character- driven comedy-dramas, often dealing with relationships between women. A runaway at 17, she worked as a stripper ... Read more »
Born: 05/02/1961 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (15)

Alex 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Hippie Hippie Shake 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

InRealLife 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Cinderella 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Swept From the Sea 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Love at First Sight 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Shades of Fear 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Used People 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Antonia and Jane 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Vroom 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Carry Greenham Home 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

InRealLife 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Swept From the Sea 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Carry Greenham Home 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

InRealLife 2013 (Movie)

(Writer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Carry Greenham Home 1982 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

Trained in the British TV industry, Beeban Kidron has come to specialize in modest, eccentric character- driven comedy-dramas, often dealing with relationships between women. A runaway at 17, she worked as a stripper before becoming a prize-winning photographer while still in her teens. Kidron began her filmmaking career helming a fiction short ("Alex" 1985) before co-directing (with Amanda Richardson) "Carry Greenham Home" (1984), a political documentary about a group of women encamped at the Greenham Nuclear Power Plant to promote nuclear disarmament. Kidron was so committed to this school project--she was attending England's National Film and Television School at the time--that she lived at the site herself for more than seven months. After another nonfiction project for TV, Kidron segued to long form fiction with "Vroom" (Channel 4, 1988), an affable English road movie set in the northern city of Lancashire which proved a hit at the 1988 London Film Festival.

Relationships

Spencer Style

Companion

Noah Style

Son
born October 27, 1994 father Spencer Style

EDUCATION

National Film and Television School

1981 - 1984
entered intending to study cinematography but turned to directing

Milestones

2004

Directed Renée Zellweger in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"

2000

Directed the television movie "Cinderella," starring Kathleen Turner

1995

Directed Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo in the comedy "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar"

1992

Directed "Used People," which starred Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroianni and Kathy Bates

1988

Directed first feature film, "Vroom" (broadcast on Channel 4)

1986

Worked for British TV where she directed the documentary "The Global Gamble"

1985

Made first fiction short, "Alex"

1984

Directed first documentary film, "Carry Greenham Home" with Amanda Richardson while at film school

1978

Ran away from home at age 17 (date approximate)

1972

Family friend gave her a camera to distract her during a lengthy recuperation from surgery at age 11 (date approximate)

Began career as prize-winning photographer in her teens

Worked for two years as assistant to Magnum photographer Eve Arnold

Worked as a stripper

Traveled for two years before returning to England to study filmmaking

Bonus Trivia

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Kidron was named after an Indian princess. She was 15-years-old before her father realized he had gotten the name wrong. (She pronounces it bee-BAN).

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