Mike Newell

Director, Producer
After first establishing himself as a craftsman of character-driven dramas and lighthearted romantic comedies in his native England, director Mike Newell ventured across the pond to direct several acclaimed American ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1942 in St Albans, England, GB

Filmography

Director (21)

Great Expectations 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Love in the Time of Cholera 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Donnie Brasco 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

An Awfully Big Adventure 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Into the West 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Enchanted April 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Soursweet 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Good Father 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Dance With a Stranger 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Bad Blood 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Awakening 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Childhood 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

The Man in the Iron Mask 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

Reykjavik (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (8)

Great Expectations 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Huff 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

I Capture the Castle 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Best Laid Plans 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Photographing Fairies 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

After first establishing himself as a craftsman of character-driven dramas and lighthearted romantic comedies in his native England, director Mike Newell ventured across the pond to direct several acclaimed American films, as well as a few major Hollywood blockbusters. Newell became known on British television with his acclaimed adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Man in the Iron Mask" (ITC, 1977) before making his feature film debut with the graphic horror movie, "The Awakening" (1980). Having established himself within a diversity of genres, he was free to choose his own course, which eventually led to the acclaimed biographical drama, "Dance With a Stranger" (1985), and the charming romantic comedy, "Enchanted April" (1991). Newell became an international name thanks to "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), a witty romantic comedy that helped turn Hugh Grant into a star. Taking a decidedly American turn, he directed the gritty crime drama, "Donnie Brasco" (1997), only to follow with the underwhelming "Pushing Tin" (1999). But by the time he directed major blockbuster movies like "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2010), Newell was an artist capable of directing just about anything he wanted with equal skill.

Relationships

Bernice Newell

Wife

Lizzie Newell

Daughter

Parent
Acted in amateur theatricals

Billy Newell

Son
Born c. 1995

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England

Milestones

2010

Directed Jake Gyllenhaal in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"

2007

Helmed the feature adaption of "Love in the Time of Cholera" starring Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt

2005

Became the first British director to oversee a 'Harry Potter' film with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," adapted from the fourth book in the fantasy series by J.K. Rowling

2003

Directed Julia Roberts in "Mona Lisa Smile," as a free-thinking art professor teaching conservative 50's Wellesley girls to question their traditional societal role

1999

Directed John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton in "Pushing Tin"

1998

First Dogstar film, "Photographing Fairies"

1997

Established his credentials as a director of big-budget American films with "Donnie Brasco"

1997

Signed two-year, first-look deal with Fox 2000

1995

Directed the documentary "At Sundance," an incisive, witty film history caught on the fly at the 1995 Sundance Festival

1994

Directed the internationally successful, "Four Weddings and a Funeral"; earned a surprise Oscar nomination as Best Picture

1993

Helmed an episode of George Lucas's "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"

1991

Had critical and commercial success with romantic comedy "Enchanted April"

1987

Directed the well-intentioned "Amazing Grace and Chuck," starring Jamie Lee Curtis

1985

Critical breakthrough film, "Dance With a Stranger"

1980

Feature directing debut, "The Awakening," a supernatural adventure

1977

American directing debut, "The Man in the Iron Mask," an NBC TV-movie

1963

Joined Granada TV as a production trainee

Directed a controversial commercial for England's Labor Party

Directed numerous TV plays for Granada TV in England

Formed Dogstar Films with Alan Greenspan

Bonus Trivia

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On the diferences between making a big studio movie in America versus a small independent European film: "On the one hand, I loved it because there was always money to spend, and that makes a huge difference. If something is wrong, you just go on until you get it right. You don't have production managers yapping at you at the end of every day that you shot 9,000 feet of film and you said you would only shoot 6,000. So that side is a great relief. But then on the other hand, going against that there was the whole business of lugging actors with huge reputations around. Both Al [Pacino] and Johnny [Depp] are humane, decent human beings. But nonetheless, when the first assistant comes up to you right first in the morning and says, 'Al wants to see you in his trailer,' your heart does drop because you know that day's negotiations have begun." - Mike Newell to The Los Angeles Times, Feb. 27, 1997

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In 2005, Newell was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by the University of Hertfordshire which has a campus in St Albans, his birthplace.

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