Peter Cattaneo

Director, Screenwriter
British director Peter Cattaneo first captured critical attention for his whimsical short "Dear Rosie" (1990). Optioned for future rights by Sigourney Weaver, "Dear Rosie" earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Live ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1963 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (8)

The Rocker 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Opal Dreams 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Lucky Break 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Full Monty 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Loved Up 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Dear Rosie 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Spotters 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Bridget Jones's Baby (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Opal Dreams 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Lucky Break 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

British director Peter Cattaneo first captured critical attention for his whimsical short "Dear Rosie" (1990). Optioned for future rights by Sigourney Weaver, "Dear Rosie" earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short. After directing the BBC film "Loved Up" (1996), which created a sensation when shown at that year's Sundance Festival, Cattaneo made an auspicious feature debut with "The Full Monty" (1997), an endearingly offbeat look at how far some unemployed steel workers will go to make money--up to and including dancing naked for women. Cattaneo worked hard to get actors "with that working-class sensibility" who would also agree to doff their duds, and once rising Scottish actor Robert Carlyle committed to the project, the rest of the ensemble came on board and interacted famously, supporting each other in the stressful act of stripping. Though it's the stripping that sold the movie, deeper themes (i.e., being out of work is emasculating) propelled the film beyond cheap burlesque to more meaningful territory.

Relationships

Tony Cattaneo Director

Father
Born in London responsible for such memorable campaigns as the Tetley tea folk, the Typhoo gnu and the Country Life butter men

EDUCATION

Royal College of Art

1989

Leeds Polytechnic

Leeds
Now known as Leeds Metropolitan University

Milestones

2008

Directed the story of a failed drummer (Rainn Wilson) who is given a second chance at fame in "The Rocker"

2005

Helmed the feel good family tale "Opal Dream"

2001

Directed the comedy "Lucky Break"; shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival

1997

Feature debut, the hit British film "The Full Monty"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Director

1996

Directed the BBC film "Loved Up"; shown at the Sundance Festival

1990

Received critical attention for his whimsical short "Dear Rosie"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Subject

1989

Directed first short, the 20-minute film "Spotters"; also shared screenwriting credit; shown at Cannes Film Festival

Helmed several BBC series including "Diary of a Teenage Health Freak" and "The Full Wax"

Bonus Trivia

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On how he won over his actors during the filming of "The Full Monty" (1997): "I took my clothes off. Not all of it, of course. I didn't want to make them ill. But it helped build camaraderie once you've seen each other's bums. They were hard workers and were all very good. But there was a lot of, uh, shall we say, locker room humor going on." - Cattaneo to the Chicago Sun Times, Aug. 24, 1997

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"I don't think you need a lot of money to make a good movie. That sounds so ridiculous in the scheme of things when you consider that most people will never have $3 million [the budget for 'The Full Monty'] to juggle around. But I think that sometimes people forget that a really compelling story with good, clever writing is better than a bunch of special effects. Not that I'm against special effects or big-budget films. It's just that excess doesn't always make for better movies" - Cattaneo to the Chicago Sun Times, Aug. 24, 1997

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