Michael Powell

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Michael Powell's introduction to the film business came at 20, when, with the assistance of his father, he secured a job with Rex Ingram's film unit based in Nice, France. In the late 1920s, Powell worked at Elstree ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1905 in Kent, England, GB

Filmography

Director (22)

The Edge of the World 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Red Shoes 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Age of Consent 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Defenders 1961 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

Bluebeard's Castle 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Queen's Guards 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Peeping Tom 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Ambush 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Oh... Rosalinda! 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Gone to Earth 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Tales of Hoffmann 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Narcissus 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Stairway to Heaven 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

Contraband 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thief of Bagdad 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

His Lordship 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Movie)

(Director)

Star Reporter (Movie)

(Director)

The Small Back Room (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (14)

The Red Shoes 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Age of Consent 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sebastian 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Queen's Guards 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Peeping Tom 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Night Ambush 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Oh... Rosalinda! 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gone to Earth 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tales of Hoffmann 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Narcissus 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stairway to Heaven 1947 (Movie)

(Producer)

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Movie)

(Producer)

The Small Back Room (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (13)

The Edge of the World 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Red Shoes 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Night Ambush 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Oh... Rosalinda! 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gone to Earth 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tales of Hoffmann 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Narcissus 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stairway to Heaven 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1942 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Contraband 1940 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Perfect Understanding (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Small Back Room (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (9)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Edge of the World 2000 (Movie)

Yachtsman (Actor)

Rudy Coby: Ridiculously Dangerous 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Modern Love 1990 (Movie)

Greg's Ten Year Old Rival (Actor)

Leila and the Wolves 1984 (Movie)

s (Voice)

Isn't It Shocking? 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Peeping Tom 1960 (Movie)

Mr Lewis (Actor)

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Movie)

Dispatching Officer (Actor)

The Small Back Room (Movie)

Gunnery Officer (Actor)
Art Department (1)

Careful 1993 (Movie)

props buyer and maker (Props Buyer)
Executive (1)

Pavlova 1982 (Movie)

(Western version) (Supervisor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Star Reporter (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Production Management (1)

Mare Nostrum (Movie)

(first Assistant Director)
Music (1)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

songs("Fried Day (contains 'First of the Month')" "First of the Month") (Song)
Other (2)

High Crimes 2002 (Movie)

military advisor(Lieutenant Colone USMC/retired) (Advisor)

Culloden 1963 (Movie)

production unit (Production)

Biography

Michael Powell's introduction to the film business came at 20, when, with the assistance of his father, he secured a job with Rex Ingram's film unit based in Nice, France. In the late 1920s, Powell worked at Elstree Studios for Harry Lachman and Alfred Hitchcock. During the early 30s, Powell cut his directorial teeth on a number of forgettable, low-budget "quota quickies" for independent production companies in England.

Relationships

Thomas Powell

Father

Mabel Powell

Mother

Columba Powell

Son
born in 1953 appeared in "Peeping Tom" (1960)

Kevin Powell

Son
born in August 1945

Frances Reidy

Wife
Married from 1943 until her death on July 5, 1983

Thelma Schoonmaker

Wife
Married in May 1984 until his death 1990

EDUCATION

Dulwich College

began studies in 1918, taking the place of his deceased older brother

King's School

attended until 1918

Milestones

1995

Second volume of memoirs, "Million Dollar Movie", published posthumously

1986

First edition of his autobiography, "A Life in Movies"

1984

Marries film editor Thelma Schoonmaker

1981

Served as senior director in residence at Zoetrope Studios

1979

Published novel "A Waiting Game"

1966

Produced and directed "They're a Weird Mob", a comedy written by Pressburger (under the pen name Richard Imrie)

1960

Produced and directed the controversial film "Peeping Tom"; at time of its release was nearly universally panned; has since been re-evaluated as a masterpiece

1950

With Pressburger, crafted the remake "The Elusive Pimpernel", starring David Niven; film was originally intended as a musical but the production numbers were dropped

1948

Made one of the most famous of the Archers Productions, "The Red Shoes", about a ballerina torn between two men; film received five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture

1947

Co-produced (through The Archers), co-wrote and co-directed "Black Narcissus"; film won Academy Awards for for Best Color Cinematography and Best Color Art Direction

1946

With Pressburger, co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the unconventional "A Matter of Life and Death/Stairway to Heaven", which mixed fantasy elements with a dramatic story of a pilot who survives a crash through the mistake of an angel and then must pl

1942

First Archers production in color, "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp"; engendered controversy for its use of color during wartime rationing; also elicited the scorn of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who didn't like its critique of British stuffiness

1941

With Pressburger, established the production company The Archers

1941

Shared Oscar nomination with Emeric Pressburger for the screenplay of "... One of Our Aircraft Is Missing"

1940

First co-directing credit with Pressburger, "Contraband"

1940

Was one of the many directors on "The Thief of Bagdad"

1939

Alexander Korda offered contract to direct "The Spy in Black"; initial teaming with frequent collaborator Emeric Pressburger

1937

Helmed "The Edge of the World", about residents of one of the remote islands in the North Sea; caught attention of Alexander Korda; also appeared in opening scenes as a British tourist alongside wife Frances 'Frankie' Reidy

1931

Feature directorial debut, "Two Crowded Hours"

1930

Debut as scenarist, the "quota quickie" feature "Caste"

1928

Worked as a film cutter on "A Knight in London"

1928

Was the stills photographer on Alfred Hitchcock's "Champagne"

1925

Became an assistant to director and producer Rex Ingram

1922

Worked as a bank clerk

Difficulties in getting work in Britain due to "Peeping Tom", directs episodes of "Espionage" and "The Defenders" for TV

Raised in Canterbury, England and the South of France

Following the ill-fated reaction to "Peeping Tom", had difficulty in obtaining work in Britain; began helming episodes of the TV series "Espionage" and "The Defenders"

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