Peter Watkins

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
Began his career in advertising as an assistant producer and turned to amateur filmmaking in the late 1950s. In the mid-1960s Watkins was commissioned by BBC-TV to make two feature-length "docudramas" incorporating a ... Read more »
Born: 10/29/1935 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Director (10)

La Commune (Paris 1871) 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Freethinker 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Journey 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Aftenlandet 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Edvard Munch 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Punishment Park 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Peace Game 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Privilege 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The War Game 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Culloden 1963 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

La Commune (Paris 1871) 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Journey 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aftenlandet 1975 (Movie)

(From Story)

Aftenlandet 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Edvard Munch 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Punishment Park 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Peace Game 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The War Game 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Culloden 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (6)

La Commune (Paris 1871) 2003 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Freethinker 1993 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Journey 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Aftenlandet 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)

Edvard Munch 1974 (Movie)

(Editor)

Punishment Park 1970 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (3)

The Journey 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

The War Game 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Culloden 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

The Universal Clock: The Resistance of Peter Watkins 2000 (Movie)

Himself--Director (Actor)

Edvard Munch 1974 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Biography

Began his career in advertising as an assistant producer and turned to amateur filmmaking in the late 1950s. In the mid-1960s Watkins was commissioned by BBC-TV to make two feature-length "docudramas" incorporating a quasi-newsreel style and nonprofessional actors. The second of these, "The War Game" (1966), graphically portrayed the nightmare of nuclear war and was banned from broadcast. It was subsequently released in theaters and earned a Best Documentary Oscar in 1966.

Watkins enjoyed a modest reception with the uneven but striking commercial feature film, "Privilege" (1967), but has subsequently worked primarily in the documentary genre, based in various Scandinavian countries. His most recent film, "The Journey" (1986), is a 14-1/2-hour epic address such issues as the arms race and global hunger.

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Christ's College, University of Cambridge

Milestones

1967

Theatrical feature directing debut, "Privilege"

1966

Medium-length (47 min.) Documentary "The War Game" commissioned by BBC; banned from TV broadcast; subsequently shown theatrically

1964

Feature-length directing, writing and producing debut with "Culloden" (comissioned by the BBC)

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