David Leland

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
A former actor, David Leland began writing for the stage and TV in the 1970s. His British telefilm "Made in Britain" caught the attention of Neil Jordan who, in turn, hired Leland to work on the screenplay for Jordan's ... Read more »
Born: 04/19/1947 in Cambridge, England, GB

Filmography

other (29)

The Borgias 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Swing State 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Decameron: Angels & Virgins 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Decameron: Angels & Virgins 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Virgin Territory 2006 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Virgin Territory 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Virgin Territory 2006 (Movie)

Ricciardo (Actor)

Concert For George 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Band of Brothers 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The White River Kid 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Land Girls 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Land Girls 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

When Saturday Comes 1997 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Crossing the Line 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Checking Out 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Personal Services 1987 (Movie)

Danielle (Actor)

Personal Services 1987 (Movie)

Mr Pilkington (Actor)

Personal Services 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wish You Were Here 1987 (Movie)

lyrics("Lost in a Dream" "Gentle Wind") (Theme Lyrics)

Wish You Were Here 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Wish You Were Here 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

Puppeteer (Actor)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

Long-Haired Man in Gin Palace (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1971 (Movie)

5th Plebeian (Actor)

One Brief Summer 1970 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Made in Britain (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Jewel in the Crown (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former actor, David Leland began writing for the stage and TV in the 1970s. His British telefilm "Made in Britain" caught the attention of Neil Jordan who, in turn, hired Leland to work on the screenplay for Jordan's acclaimed "Mona Lisa" (1986). The following year, Leland wrote the script for Terry Jones' "Personal Services", based on the life of British madam Cynthia Payne. Payne's teenage years were the focus of Leland's feature directorial debut "Wish You Were Here" (also 1987), starring newcomer Emily Lloyd. For the latter, he received a British Academy Award for his script. Leland fared less well with his subsequent features the comedy "Checking Out" (1988) and "The Big Man/Crossing the Line" (1990). After an eight year absence, he returned to features as co-scripter and director of "The Land Girls" (1998), a smooth adaptation of a novel which told the story of English women who worked as farmers during WWII.

Milestones

1998

Co-wrote and directed "The Land Girls"

1991

Directed London stage production, "A Tribute to The Blues Brothers"

1988

Directed first US feature "Checking Out"

1987

Made film directing debut "Wish You Were Here"

1986

Breakthrough screenplay, "Mona Lisa"

1965

Began pursuing an acting career (date approximate)

Worked with father as apprentice electrician

Worked at Nottingham Playhouse and Royal Court Theater

Wrote first play "Psy-Warriors"

Worked in British TV; film "Made in Britain" caught attention of Neil Jordan

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