Benjamin Ross

Director
The first effort of this rising British filmmaker, "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (1996) was made in 1994, shown at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and created a buzz in Great Britain. Benjamin Ross showed promise as a ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1963 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (7)

The Frankenstein Chronicles 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Director

Three Believers 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Thorne 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

Poppy Shakespeare 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

RKO 281 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Poisoner's Handbook 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

My Little Eye 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Three Believers 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Young Poisoner's Handbook 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Little Eye 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

The first effort of this rising British filmmaker, "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (1996) was made in 1994, shown at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and created a buzz in Great Britain. Benjamin Ross showed promise as a cutting edge writer and director willing to challenge the limits. The feature was drawn from the real-life story of a 14-year old science enthusiast who poisons his entire family, is caught and imprisoned and then released after serving eight years. Soon after his release, he resumes his ways, poisoning his factory co-workers. Ross eschewed the label of black comedy claiming it was "nastier and more aggressive" in Premiere, (February 1996).

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 1990
attended on a Harkness Scholarship

University of Oxford

Oxford , England 1985

Milestones

1999

Helmed the acclaimed HBO movie "RKO 281", about the making of Orson Welles' 1941 classic "Citizen Kane"; received Emmy nomination

1994

Filmed "The Young Poisoner's Handbook"; film shown at Sundance in 1995; released in the USA in 1996

1992

Wrote and directed short comedy "My Little Eye" for Britain's Channel 4

1990

Worked as uncredited production assistant on "Billy Bathgate"

1990

While attending Columbia University, directed and scripted the short war comedy "Three Believers"

1988

Made short Super-8 film, the faux documentary "Rent Boy"

1986

First screen credit as production apprentice on Troma's "The Toxic Avenger"

1972

Given 8 mm film and commences making amateur films (date approximate)

While attending Oxford, spent summers in the USA working as set builder and in other capacities on soft-core porn and low-budget films

Bonus Trivia

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"Evil on a genocidal scale is a human potential that exists within everybody, and that's a matter of great distaste, but it's also a matter of huge moral and dramatic importance." --Ben Ross in Premiere, February 1996.

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"Being in America made me want to write about England. Perhaps I was homesick but I wanted to throw the whole cultural experience into relief." --Ben Ross

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"I'm always quoting from 'The Exorcist.' If only I could spin my head around." --Ross to Time Out New York, February 21-28, 1998.

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