Nick Broomfield

Producer, Screenwriter, Sound technician
One of the most prolific and controversial documentary filmmakers of his day, Nick Broomfield explored such topics as urban blight, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, and sensational murder trials in a career that ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1948 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (30)

Behind the Rent Strike 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Fort Augustus 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Marriage Guidance 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Proud to Be British 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Tales of the Grim Sleeper 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Too White For Me 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Whittingham 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Who Cares 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Sex My British Job 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Sarah Palin: You Betcha! 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Battle for Haditha 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Ghosts 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

His Big White Self 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Biggie & Tupac 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Kurt & Courtney 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Fetishes 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Monster in a Box 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Diamond Skulls 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Driving Me Crazy 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Juvenile Liaison 2 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Lily Tomlin 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Chicken Ranch 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Soldier Girls 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Tattooed Tears 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Juvenile Liaison 1974 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (13)

Sarah Palin: You Betcha! 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battle for Haditha 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ghosts 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

His Big White Self 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biggie & Tupac 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kurt & Courtney 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Diamond Skulls 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lily Tomlin 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chicken Ranch 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tattooed Tears 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Juvenile Liaison 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)
Sound (9)

Driving Me Crazy 1990 (Movie)

sound recording (Sound)

Comic Book Confidential 1989 (Movie)

sound recording (Sound)

Lily Tomlin 1987 (Movie)

(Sound)

Chicken Ranch 1982 (Movie)

(Sound)

Soldier Girls 1980 (Movie)

(Sound)

Tattooed Tears 1977 (Movie)

(Sound)

Juvenile Liaison 1974 (Movie)

sound recording (Sound)
Writer (6)

Battle for Haditha 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ghosts 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Driving Me Crazy 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Juvenile Liaison 2 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Juvenile Liaison 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (4)

Lily Tomlin 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Soldier Girls 1980 (Movie)

(Editor)

Tattooed Tears 1977 (Movie)

(Editor)

Juvenile Liaison 1974 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (3)

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Kurt & Courtney 1998 (Movie)

Himself/Interviewer (Actor)

Driving Me Crazy 1990 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Tattooed Tears 1977 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Juvenile Liaison 1974 (Movie)

(Photography)

Biography

One of the most prolific and controversial documentary filmmakers of his day, Nick Broomfield explored such topics as urban blight, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, and sensational murder trials in a career that spanned well over 20 films. After graduating from Britain's National Film and Television School, he embarked on a professional journey marked by his effective use of the no frills cinema vérité style of filmmaking. Projects such as "Juvenile Liason" (1975), "Tattooed Tears" (1978), and "Chicken Ranch" delved into a variety of social issues often overlooked in more mainstream documentaries. Broomfield's approach began to shift with the film "Driving Me Crazy" (1988), in which he not only recorded his subject, but the often combative process of making the film, as well. Possibly his most affecting work, "Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer" (1994) attempted to glean a humane insight into the troubled mind of America's first female serial murderer. He made a splash with his timely exposé "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam" (1995), and stirred the waters of conspiracy theory with "Kurt & Courtney" (1998). Nearly 40 years after beginning his career, Broomfield continued to explore controversial themes in films like "Battle of Haditha" (2008), reinforcing his reputation as one of cinema's most persistent provocateurs.

Relationships

Barnaby Broomfield

Son
born c. August 1981 mother, Joan Churchill

Joan Churchill

Companion
together from c. late 1970s American mother of Broomfield's son Barnaby

Amanda Donohoe Actor

Companion
appeared in "Dark Obsession" (1991) began relationship c. 1988 separated in 1991 reconciled separated again

EDUCATION

Essex University

Essex

Cardiff University

Cardiff University

National Film and Television School

1971 - 1974

Milestones

2002

Premeried documentary "Biggie & Tupac"

1998

Signed exclusive deal with Britain's Channel 4 to produce four documentaries

1996

"Fetishes: Mistresses and Domination at Pandora's Box", which explored the world of S&M, aired as part of the HBO series "America Undercover"; released theatrically in 1997

1995

Wrote, co-produced, directed and narrated "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam"; shown on Cinemax; later released theatrically

1993

Made award-winning documentary "Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer"

1991

Directed Spalding Gray in film adaptation of his one-man show "Monster in a Box"

1988

Feature directorial debut, "Dark Obsession"

1987

Documnetary "Lily Tomlin" released after protracted legal battle with star

1980

First collaborated with Joan Churchill, "Juvenile Liaison"

1978

Made documentary "Who Cares" about urban redevelopment in Liverpool; followed with "Proud to Be British", an award-winning satire of the British aristocracy

Born and raised in London

Made documentary "Kurt and Courtney" about rockers Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love; film's premiere at 1998 Sundance Film Festival was cancelled after legal threats from Love, the BBC (which claimed ownership), EMI Music Publishing (over music rights) and C

Originally studied to be a lawyer; later attended National Film and Television School in London

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