Neil LaBute

Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Once dubbed by Details magazine as "the meanest man in Hollywood," writer-director-playwright Neil LaBute had indeed made some of the most caustic, cruel and wickedly funny films in contemporary cinema. LaBute's ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1961 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Director (17)

Billy & Billie 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

Dirty Weekend 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Hell on Wheels 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Geography of Hope 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Some Velvet Morning 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Stars In Shorts 2012 (Movie)

(Sexting) (Director)

Death at a Funeral 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Sexting 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Lakeview Terrace 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wicker Man 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The L Word 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Shape of Things 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Possession 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Bash: Latterday Plays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Your Friends & Neighbors 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

In the Company of Men 1997 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (12)

The Geography of Hope 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Some Girl(s) 2013 (Movie)

(from play: "Some Girl(s)") (Source Material)

Some Girl(s) 2013 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Some Velvet Morning 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stars In Shorts 2012 (Movie)

(Sexting) (Screenplay)

Sexting 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wicker Man 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Shape of Things 2003 (Movie)

(from stage play) (Source Material)

The Shape of Things 2003 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Possession 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Your Friends & Neighbors 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In the Company of Men 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (7)

Dirty Weekend 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Some Freaks 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Four 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Full Circle 2013 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

I Melt With You 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Vicious Kind 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Shape of Things 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

Cleanflix 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

Interviewer (Actor)

Independent's Day 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Once dubbed by Details magazine as "the meanest man in Hollywood," writer-director-playwright Neil LaBute had indeed made some of the most caustic, cruel and wickedly funny films in contemporary cinema. LaBute's work as a playwright was no less vicious. His plays provoked anger from critics and audiences alike, and even prompted the Mormon Church - of which he had been a member - to disfellowship him for his negative characterizations of the faithful. But the most frequent, yet disavowed criticism of LaBute was to label him a misogynist. Time and again, LaBute had to defend himself against the charge, particularly with "In the Company of Men" (1997), an acid bath of a film that announced loudly his arrival on the filmmaking scene. He followed up with the independent hit "Your Friends and Neighbors" (1998), which helped launch his Hollywood career. LaBute's later films - in particular "Nurse Betty" (2000), "Possession" (2002) and "Lakeview Terrace" (2008) - stemmed the critical tide and showed the breadth of his talents, though those same critics claimed that he had gone soft. But for an iconoclast like LaBute, such criticisms only reinforced his belief in his work, as he continued to defy, outrage and shed light on multiple facets of human nature.

Relationships

Lisa LaBute

Wife

Lily LaBute

Daughter
Born c. 1988 mother, Lisa LaBute

Spencer LaBute

Son
Born c. 1991 mother, Lisa LaBute

EDUCATION

Brigham Young University

Provo , Utah 1991
Attended the school's doctoral program; met Aaron Eckhart

University of Kansas

Lawrence , Kansas

New York University

New York , New York
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from the school's Dramatic Writing Program

University of Kansas

Lawrence , Kansas

Central Falley High School

Spokane , Washington

Brigham Young University

Provo , Utah 1985
Attended on academic scholarship

Milestones

2010

Directed the Chris Rock produced black comedy, "Death at a Funeral," a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name

2009

Made his Broadway debut when "Reasons to Be Pretty" moved to the Lyceum Theatre; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play

2008

Wrote the Off-Broadway play, "Reasons to Be Pretty" starring Piper Perabo

2008

Helmed the feature, "Lakeview Terrace" co-starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson

2006

Directed Nicolas Cage in "The Wicker Man," a remake of Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer's 1973 thriller

2005

Wrote the Off-Broadway play, "Some Girl(s)"

2004

Scripted the Off-Broadway play, "Fat Pig," about a slim male office-worker who falls for an extremely overweight librarian

2003

Adapted his play "The Shape of Things" into a feature film, starring Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz

2002

Directed and co-wrote the screen adaptation of "Possession"; third collaboration with Aaron Eckhart

2002

Directed Liev Schreiber in the play "The Mercy Seat"; one of the first major theatrical responses to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

2001

London stage directing debut, "The Shape of Things"

2000

Helmed the black comedy "Nurse Betty" starring Renée Zellweger in the title role

1999

Made NYC debut as playwright with "Bash: Latter-Day Plays," a set of three short plays (Iphigenia in orem, A gaggle of saints, and Medea redux) featuring Calista Flockhart (made West End debut in 2007)

1998

Helmed second feature (also scripted), the equally controversial look at marriage and relationships "Your Friends and Neighbors"

1997

Directed debut feature "In the Company of Men," a controversial look at male bonding in a corporate setting; first film with Aaron Eckhart

Met actor Aaron Eckhart at BYU, who would later play leading roles in several of his films

Became an established playwright with such productions as "Filthy Talk for Troubled Times" and "A Gaggle of Saints"

Received a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre in London

Bonus Trivia

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"Everyone in a relationship has hurt someone or been hurt, usually both. Men are trying to pass off the movie as a fantasy, while women are pretty sure it's a documentary. The truth is somewhere in between." - LaBute on his film "In the Company of Men" (1997), quoted in Details magazine, August 1997

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LaBute's off-Broadway play, "Bash: Latter-Day Plays" (1999) depicts essentially good Latter-day Saints doing disturbing and violent things. The play resulted in his being disfellowshipped from the LDS Church and has since formally left the LDS Church.

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