Michael Apted

Director, Producer, Actor
Having displayed a fondness for both documentaries and feature films, versatile director Michael Apted struck a creative balance between both worlds that was matched by very few of his contemporaries. After establishing ... Read more »
Born: 02/09/1941 in Buckinghamshire, England, GB

Filmography

Director (49)

Unlocked 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Masters of Sex 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Reckless 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

56 Up 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Ray Donovan 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Chasing Mavericks 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Amazing Grace 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Rome 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

49 Up 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Power of the Game 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

What About Brian 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Blind Justice 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Enigma 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Enough 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Married in America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Me & Isaac Newton 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

42 Up 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The World Is Not Enough 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Inspirations 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

New York News 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

Moving the Mountain 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Blink 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Nell 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Crossroads 1990 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

35 Up 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Incident at Oglala 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Class Action 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

My Life and Times 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Way Home 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Critical Condition 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

28 Up 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Bring on the Night 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

First Born 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Gorky Park 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Kipperbang 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Continental Divide 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Agatha 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Stronger Than The Sun 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Childhood 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

The Squeeze 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Stardust 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Triple Echo 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Always Outnumbered (TV Show)

Director

Married in America 2 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (15)

56 Up 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

49 Up 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

21 UP America 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

42 Up 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Inspirations 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Age Seven in America 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Producer

35 Up 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Intruders 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

28 Up 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The River Rat 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

14 Up in America (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Criminal Justice (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Strapped (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (3)

Bleep! Censoring Hollywood 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Ace Tomato Agent (Actor)
Writer (2)

Moving the Mountain 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

35 Up 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (2)

Born in the USSR: 14 Up 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Consultant

Being Mick (TV Show)

Advisor

Biography

Having displayed a fondness for both documentaries and feature films, versatile director Michael Apted struck a creative balance between both worlds that was matched by very few of his contemporaries. After establishing himself in his native England with the documentary series "7 Up," as well as numerous episodes of various television shows, Apted journeyed to America, where he garnered instant credibility with "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980), widely considered to be one of the best musical biopics ever made. He stumbled a bit with the understated comedy "Continental Divide" (1981) before achieving box office success with the dense crime thriller, "Gorky Park" (1983). Apted directed Sigourney Weaver as a fervent Dian Fossey in "Gorillas in the Mist" (1988), which he followed with the compelling courtroom drama "Class Action" (1991). While continuing the "7 Up" documentaries throughout the decades, the director struggled to retain his footing in the feature world, even as he took the reigns of the James Bond franchise with "The World Is Not Enough" (1999), a rather tepid affair that featured listless action and one of the most bemoaned Bond girl of all time. Though he found his stride directing episodic television - particularly on the acclaimed HBO series, "Rome" (2005-07) - Apted still remained a bit of a box office mystery, despite his long and venerable career.

Relationships

Ronald William Apted

Father

Frances Amelia Apted

Mother

Dana Apted

Wife

Joan Apted

Ex-Wife

James Apted

Son

Paul Apted

Son

EDUCATION

Downing College, University of Cambridge

1963

Downing College, University of Cambridge

1963

City of London School

Milestones

2012

With Curtis Hanson, co-directed sport drama "Chasing Mavericks"

2010

Directed the third installment of the Narnia films "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

2007

Helmed "Amazing Grace," a film about the slave trade in 19th century Britain

2005

Returned to television, directing the first three episodes of the HBO series "Rome"

2003

Replaced Martha Coolidge as President of the DGA

2002

Created the documentary series "Married in America," which followed nine newlywed couples over ten years

2002

Directed Jennifer Lopez as an abused woman who strikes back in "Enough"

1999

Directed the 19th film in the James Bond film series "The World Is Not Enough"

1998

Produced and directed the continuing series "42 Up" for Granada TV

1998

Executive produced "14 Up in America"

1998

Directed the modern urban fable "Always Outnumbered" (HBO)

1997

Produced and directed "Inspirations," a documentary detailing the creative process of seven celebrated artists

1994

Directed Jodie Foster in her Oscar nominated role "Nell"

1994

Scripted and directed "Moving the Mountain," a documentary look inside the inner circle of China's pro-Democracy leaders

1993

Served as co-executive producer of Forest Whitaker's directing debut, "Strapped" (HBO)

1992

Brought the franchise to America, producing "Age 7 in America" for CBS

1992

Co-executive produced Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula"

1992

Journeyed into Sioux Indian country, directing "Thunderheart" and "Incident at Oglala"

1991

Directed Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in "Class Action" as father-daughter lawyers on opposite sides of a class-action lawsuit against a negligent auto company

1991

Earned first screenplay credit for "35 Up"; also produced and directed

1991

Directed the premiere episode of "My Life and Times" (ABC)

1989

Directed a documentary about Russian rock star Boris Grebenshikov, "The Long Way Home"

1988

Directed Sigourney Weaver in "Gorillas in the Mist," based on the life of Dian Fossey

1985

Appeared as Ace Tomato Agent in John Landis' "Spies Like Us"

1985

Directed the documentary "Bring On the Night" about the formation of Sting's rock-jazz band

1985

Produced the feature version of "28 Up," consolidating the four TV documentaries begun by Almond 21 years before in "7 Up"

1984

Directed "28 Up" for Granada TV

1983

Directed "Gorky Park," an absorbing murder mystery set in Russia starring John Hurt

1981

Teamed with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and executive producer Steven Spielberg for "Continental Divide"

1980

Directed first American film "Coal Miner's Daughter"; first collaborations with Tom Rickman who scripted and Tommy Lee Jones who co-starred

1979

Directed "Agatha," a fictional speculation on Agatha Christie's famous 11-day disappearance in 1926

1978

Made debut as a stage director with "Strawberry Fields" at the National Theatre in London

1977

Directed "21 Up," a continuing update for Granada TV of Almond's "7 Up"

1977

American TV directorial debut, the PBS special "Childhood"

1975

Directed "Stardust," a provocative and believable look at a fictional, Beatles-like rock group

1973

Made feature directorial debut with "Triple Echo"

1969

Directed "Seven Plus Seven," a documentary update for Granada TV of Almond's "7 Up"

1963

Was an assistant to director Paul Almond for "7 Up" on Granada TV

Worked as researcher for the current-affairs program "World in Action" on Granada TV

Directed episodes of "All Our Yesterdays" and "Coronation Street" on Granada TV

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm of the belief, that not all scenes are as important as others. In terms of how much time am I going to spend on this scene? I'm very careful about that, when I do my schedule, I think that's part of the job to be able to make those value judgments about where you want to spend your time."When I've produced stuff, and I've produced first-time directors, it's something I try to instill in them, but it's very hard to get because they want everything to be good. But I say to them, 'Don't waste a lot of time on this scene. It's going to be in the movie but it's not that important. Don't cover that scene from here to Christmas. Just move on.' And that's a hard thing to grasp. The more experience you get, the more comfortable you are with that." – Apted to DGA magazine, December 1997/January 1998

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"Americans want to be in show business. Whereas it's a nightmare for me to persuade these good [English] souls to do it every seven years. Doing it in America, it's fighting them off. America is much more celebrity-conscious than England. We will see whether the subjects of the American one can have a kind of serious life, or get swallowed up. I doubt it. In England they're celebrities for about six weeks after it's broadcast, but it doesn't really affect their lives in the celebrity sense." – Apted to the Daily News, Nov. 16, 1999

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