Peter Greenaway

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
One of Britain's leading auteurs, Greenaway trained as a painter before spending eleven years, beginning in 1965, as a film editor. During this period he began making short, highly formalist films influenced by ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1942 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Director (44)

Eisenstein in Guanajuato 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Erosion 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Goltzius and the Pelican Company 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

3X3D 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Rembrandt's J'Accuse 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Nightwatching 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

A Life in Suitcases 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

8 1/2 Women 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pillow Book 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Alive TV 1984 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Segment Director

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Stairs 1 Geneva 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Baby of Macon 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Darwin 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Drowning By Numbers 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Prospero's Books 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

A Walk Through H 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Dear Phone 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

M is for Man, Music, Mozart 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Rosa 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Vertical Features Remake 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Water Wrackets 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Windows 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Belly of an Architect 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

A TV Dante 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

A Zed and Two Noughts 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Death in the Seine 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

26 Bathrooms 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

A TV Dante - Canto 5 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Making a Splash 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Modern American Composers I 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Act of God 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Draughtsman's Contract 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Zandra Rhodes 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Falls 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

1-100 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Goole By Numbers 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Water 1974 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (21)

Eisenstein in Guanajuato 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Goltzius and the Pelican Company 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

3X3D 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rembrandt's J'Accuse 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nightwatching 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Life in Suitcases 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

8 1/2 Women 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pillow Book 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Baby of Macon 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Darwin 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Drowning By Numbers 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Prospero's Books 1991 (Movie)

adapted screenplay (Screenplay)

A Walk Through H 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vertical Features Remake 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Belly of an Architect 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Zed and Two Noughts 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Death in the Seine 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Draughtsman's Contract 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Falls 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (4)

The Pillow Book 1997 (Movie)

(Editor)

A Walk Through H 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

Vertical Features Remake 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Falls 1979 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (2)

Act of God 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rembrandt's J'Accuse 2009 (Movie)

Himself/Public Prosecutor (Actor)
Producer (1)

Vertical Features Remake 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Vertical Features Remake 1990 (Movie)

(Photography)
Art Department (1)

A Walk Through H 1990 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

The Death of a Composer: Rosa, A Horse Drama 1998 (Movie)

visual concept (Visual Effects)
Other (1)

A Walk Through H 1990 (Movie)

maps (Other)

Biography

One of Britain's leading auteurs, Greenaway trained as a painter before spending eleven years, beginning in 1965, as a film editor. During this period he began making short, highly formalist films influenced by structural linguistics, ethnography and philosophy. After shorts such as "Window" (1975), which displayed his fondness for lists (in this case cataloguing all the people who died in a small village by falling out of windows), Greenaway attracted some attention for such vivid medium-length works as "Vertical Features Remake" and the humorous "A Walk through H" (both 1978). He began to garner considerable acclaim on the international festival circuit, and in 1980 made his first feature-length film, a "documentary" set in the future, "The Falls" (1980), chock-full of his trademark riddles and conundrums as he relates the lives of 92 victims of the "Violent Unexplained Event." Greenaway hit the limelight in 1982 with the release of his feature, "The Draughtsman's Contract."

Relationships

Saskia Boddeke

Companion

Hannah Greenaway

Daughter
art student

Carol Greenaway

Wife
separated

Jessica Greenaway

Daughter
art student

EDUCATION

Walthamstow College of Art

met Ian Dury

Milestones

1996

Crafted the visually stunning, if emotionally chilly "The Pillow Book"

1991

Directed John Gielgud in "Prospero's Books", a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

1989

Helmed the controversial drama "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"

1982

First completely fictional feature-length film and first American release, "The Draughtsman's Contract"

1980

First feature-length film, the semi-documentary, "The Falls"

1978

Edited, directed, scripted, designed, and made maps for own film, "A Walk Through H"

1978

Produced first film (also directed, scripted, and photographed), "Vertical Features Remake"

1975

Filmed "Windows"

1966

Directed first film, "Train"

1965

Began working as film editor (including editing several documentaries for the Central Office of Information)

1964

Exhibited paintings at the Lord's Gallery in England

Family moved to Essex when Greenaway was two

Raised in Chingford

Bonus Trivia

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Created an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1998

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There is a website devoted to Greenaway at www.december.org/pg

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Greenaway has produced several paintings, novels and illustrated books.

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