James Dearden

Director, Screenwriter
This son of famed British filmmaker Basil Dearden grew up on movie sets and was bored by the process of moviemaking. Nevertheless James Dearden decided to follow in the family business. After completing his studies at ... Read more »
Born: 09/13/1949 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (5)

Belle du Seigneur 2012 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

A Kiss Before Dying 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pascali's Island 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

from original screenplay("Diversion") (From Story)

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (4)

Rogue Trader 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

A Kiss Before Dying 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Pascali's Island 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cold Room (TV Show)

Director
Actor (1)

Movies That Shook the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This son of famed British filmmaker Basil Dearden grew up on movie sets and was bored by the process of moviemaking. Nevertheless James Dearden decided to follow in the family business. After completing his studies at Oxford, he worked as runner and editing room assistant for a company that produced TV commercials before making his own short films. One of his first efforts was "The Contraption" (1978) which earned him a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Another, the 47-minute "Diversion" (1980) dealt with themes of sexuality and betrayal that he expanded in both the made-for-cable film "The Cold Room" (HBO, 1984, which he wrote and directed) and his breakthrough screenplay "Fatal Attraction" (1987). Although Adrian Lyne directed "Fatal Attraction" and Dearden's more ironic original ending was altered to suit the tastes of preview audiences, Dearden reaped some of the benefits, earning an Oscar nod for his script and a chance to helm his first full-length feature "Pascali's Island" (1988), a well-acted but ultimately disappointing adaptation of Barry Unsworth's novel of political and psychological intrigue. The film's uneven editing, overblown symbolism and lack of passion undermined it, although the writer-directed proclaimed that the actors (Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance and Helen Mirren) had delivered exactly what he wanted. Dearden's theme of sexual intrigue permeated "A Kiss Before Dying" (1991), a watchable but disappointing remake of a 1956 film noir. He made contributions to the script of Lyne's controversial remake of "Lolita" (1997) before turning his attentions to producing, writing and directing the biopic "Rogue Trader" (1998), about notorious banker Nick Leeson whose dealings brought about the fall of Barings Bank.

Relationships

Basil Dearden

Father

EDUCATION

New College, Oxford University

New College, Oxford University

Milestones

1999

Wrote, produced and directed "Rogue Trader", the biopic of Nick Leeson starring Ewen McGregor

1997

Contributed to the screenplay of Adrian Lyne's remake of "Lolita"

1991

Wrote and directed the remake of "A Kiss Before Dying"

1988

Film directorial debut, "Pascali's Island"; also scripted

1987

Debut as screenwriter "Fatal Attraction", directed by Adrian Lyne; received Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay

1984

Wrote and directed the made-for-cable thriller "The Cold Room"

1980

Made medium-length "Diversion" (47 mins) which became basis of feature writing debut, "Fatal Attraction"

1979

Filmed second short "Panic"

1978

Short film writing, producing and directing debut, "The Contraption"

1967

Entered film as production assistant

Directed TV commercials

Edited commercials and documentaries and worked as assistant director before making first film

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