Bill Forsyth

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
This droll filmmaker blends quirky but incisive comedy with bracing moral underpinnings. At age 17, Forsyth was hired as the sole assistant to a documentary filmmaker and gradually learned all aspects of production ... Read more »
Born: 07/29/1946 in Glasgow, Scotland, , GB

Filmography

Director (8)

Gregory's Two Girls 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Breaking In 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Housekeeping 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Comfort and Joy 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Local Hero 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Gregory's Girl 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

That Sinking Feeling 1979 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (8)

Gregory's Two Girls 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Breaking In 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Housekeeping 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Comfort and Joy 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Local Hero 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gregory's Girl 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

That Sinking Feeling 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

A Night at the Joffrey Ballet 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

That Sinking Feeling 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

This droll filmmaker blends quirky but incisive comedy with bracing moral underpinnings. At age 17, Forsyth was hired as the sole assistant to a documentary filmmaker and gradually learned all aspects of production. After a brief stint in the late 1960s at London's National Film School and at the BBC as an assistant editor, he returned to Glasgow. Forsyth ended his partnership in a sponsored film company as he longed to make fiction features rather than industrial documentaries. A subsequent collaboration with an amateur theater group of mostly young players led to his first feature, "That Sinking Feeling" (1979), shot for $10,000.

Relationships

Daisy Forsyth

Daughter

Sam Forsyth

Son

Adrienne Atkinson

Wife
divorced mother of Forsyth's two children

EDUCATION

National Film and Television School

1971
dropped out after one term

Knightswood School

in a suburb of Glasgow

Milestones

1999

Returned to features with "Gregory's Two Girls"

1994

Directed "Being Human"

1989

First US film "Breaking In"

1983

Wrote and directed the acclaimed, quirky "Local Hero"

1981

Had international success with "Gregory's Girl"

1979

Feature directorial debut, "That Sinking Feeling"

1978

First film acting credit, "Long Shot"

1969

Feature debut, editor on "Mackintosh"

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