Iain Softley

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
London-born Iain Softley managed to parlay his early love of music and painting into a career as a feature film director. Directing and designing theater productions as a student at Queen's College, Cambridge, made him ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1956 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (10)

Curve 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Outcast 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

Ivanhoe 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Trap for Cinderella 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Inkheart 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Skeleton Key 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

K-Pax 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wings of the Dove 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Hackers 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Backbeat 1994 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (4)

Trap for Cinderella 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Inkheart 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Skeleton Key 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hackers 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

London-born Iain Softley managed to parlay his early love of music and painting into a career as a feature film director. Directing and designing theater productions as a student at Queen's College, Cambridge, made him realize his vision lent itself more to film, and he turned to the small screen, working first for a documentary unit of Granada TV. Softley then joined the BBC and created 30 "auteur documentaries" for television before becoming a successful director of music videos. While still at the BBC, he started looking for a rites-of-passage story to make into a feature film and came upon photographs of ex-Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe, who quit to become a visual artist in Germany before the band became famous. Those pictures became the inspiration for his debut "Backbeat" (1992). That film opened the door for his first US movie "Hackers" (1995), about teens wreaking havoc in cyberspace.

Relationships

Sarah Curtis Producer

Wife

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England
Enrolled in Queens' College; directed and designed theater productions

St Benedict's School

Ealing
Appeared in a 1975 production of T. S. Eliot's play, "Murder in the Cathedral" while in school

Milestones

2009

Directed the fantasy film "Inkheart," which is based on the book of the same name

2005

Helmed the supernatural thriller, "Skeleton Key" with Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands and John Hurt

2001

Directed Kevin Spacey in the sci-fi feature, "K-Pax"

1997

Breakthrough feature "The Wings of the Dove"; based on the 1902 novel of the same name by Henry James

1995

Directed first US-produced film "Hackers" (also executive producer)

1993

Feature debut, "Backbeat"; also credited for screenplay

Joined the BBC in Southampton and made 30 "auteur documentaries" for TV

Made a name for himself directing music videos in Britain

Worked for a local documentary unit at Britain's Granada TV

At age 18, took a year off school to paint in France

Bonus Trivia

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About Venice as a setting for "The Wings of the Dove" (1997): "The city's like a metaphor itself. It's all light and space and shapes, steeped in atmospheric, rather sinister history. Venice is like a map of a thriller plot. You come to corners and you don't know if you'll meet an assassin round the corner. Nicolas Roeg's film 'Don't Look Now' exploited that brilliantly. Beyond that, I liked the idea of presenting a world that was a map of the inner world of characters and their dilemmas. There was a scene of pagan carnival, and these funereal gondolas gliding along the canals as if on their way to Hades. It was incredibly potent as a setting." - Softley quoted to The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 2, 1997

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