Peter Wollen

Theorist, Director, Screenwriter
Key film theorist who first came to attention with the publication of the relatively accessible (!), still relevant, and still selling book of structuralist theory, "Signs and Meaning in the Cinema" (1969; revised ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1938 in London, England, GB

Filmography

other (18)

Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Penthesilea 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Reading the US Press 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Welcome Aboard Soyuz 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Friendship's Death 1989 (Movie)

from short story (From Story)

Friendship's Death 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Friendship's Death 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Envied Women 1986 (Movie)

from writings (Other)

The Man Who Envied Women 1986 (Movie)

from comments (Other)

Crystal Gazing 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crystal Gazing 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Amy! 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amy! 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Amy! 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Riddles of the Sphinx 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Riddles of the Sphinx 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Riddles of the Sphinx 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Passenger 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Key film theorist who first came to attention with the publication of the relatively accessible (!), still relevant, and still selling book of structuralist theory, "Signs and Meaning in the Cinema" (1969; revised 1972).

Wollen began his career in film production as co-writer of Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Passenger" (1975) and then co-directed a series of experimental features, produced under the aegis of the British Film Institute, with wife and fellow theorist Laura Mulvey (the two are now separated). Wollen made his solo directing debut with the cerebral science fiction feature, "Friendship's Death" (1987), about a female alien (Tilda Swinton) who crash-lands in strife-torn Jordan during "Black September" and strikes up a relationship with a male journalist (Bill Paterson).

Relationships

Laura Mulvey

Wife
co-directed with Wollen several films including "Riddles of the Sphinx" separated

Milestones

1987

Solo feature directing and writing debut (also from story), "Friendship's Death"

1976

Feature co-writing, co-producing and co-directing debut (with Laura Mulvey), "Riddles of the Sphinx"

1975

Theatrical feature co-writing debut (with Mark Peploe and director Michelangelo Antonioni), "The Passenger"

1968

Published influential work of structuralist film theory, "Signs and Meaning in the Cinema"

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