Rupert Wainwright

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
One of the youngest directors accepted in the Discovery Program sponsored by Columbia Pictures, British-born Rupert Wainwright established his reputation as an award-winning maker of commercial spots (i. e., Reebok ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1963 in Cotswolds, England, GB

Filmography

Director (7)

Fear Itself 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

The Fog 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Stigmata 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sadness of Sex 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Blank Check 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Dillinger 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Open Window 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director
Actor (2)

Dreamchild 1985 (Movie)

Hargreaves (Actor)

Another Country 1984 (Movie)

Devenish (Actor)
Writer (1)

The Sadness of Sex 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Production Management (1)

The Great O'Grady 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Assistant Director
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Hammer From the Heart 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Video

Biography

One of the youngest directors accepted in the Discovery Program sponsored by Columbia Pictures, British-born Rupert Wainwright established his reputation as an award-winning maker of commercial spots (i. e., Reebok Shoes' "Blacktop" ads) and music videos (more than a dozen for M.C. Hammer). A former actor who appeared in two British films ("Another Country" 1984 and "Dreamchild" 1985), he directed the very stylish ABC TV-movie "Dillinger" (1991), starring Mark Harmon, before making his feature debut at the helm of the Disney programmer "Blank Check" (1994), a "Home Alone" clone which wallowed so exuberantly in conspicuous consumption that its ultimate "money can't buy happiness" message rang hollow. Wainwright followed with the original and often provocative "The Sadness of Sex" (1995), a collaboration with actor-writer Barry Yourgrau comprising 15 vignettes on the cyclical phases of courtship, romance, passion and breakup, each directed in a distinct visual style and accompanied by a different kind of music. Unfortunately, the excessive MTV-like parade of images and sounds and consciously disjointed narrative undercut the emotional impact of the elaborately mounted multimedia performance piece. Wainwright's next feature entry was "Stigmata" (1999), an "Exorcist" clone starring Patricia Arquette as a woman who may or may not be possessed by demons and Gabriel Byrne as the priest dispatched by the Vatican to uncover the truth.

Relationships

Tarja Wainwright

Wife

Peter Glynn Alexander Wainwright

Son
born on March 3, 1999

EDUCATION

Wellington School

Somerset

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
attended on a Fulbright Scholarship; enrolled in 1986

Oriel College, Oxford University

Milestones

2005

Directed the remake of John Carpenter's "The Fog" starring Tom Welling and Maggie Grace

1999

Directed "Stigmata", a thriller in the "Exorcist" mold starring Arquette, Gabriel Byrne and Jonathan Pryce

1996

With Sony Pictures Entertainment, created Pavlov Pictures, a commercial production division

1995

Helmed original and often provocative (but ultimately unsatisfying) "The Sadness of Sex", a multimedia performance piece about the mysteries of love; also collaborated with Barry Yourgrau on screeenplay, based on Yourgrau's book

1994

Directed the theatrical trailer for Michael Jackson's "HIStory" album

1994

Feature film directorial debut, "Blank Check", Disney's "Home Alone" clone

1991

Directed first TV-movie, "Dillinger" (ABC); first association with Patricia Arquette

1991

Short "The Open Window" aired as segment of "Showtime 30-Minute Movie"

1988

Worked as a production assistant on the Oscar-winning short film, "Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall"

1985

Had last acting role (to date) in "Dreamchild"

1984

Film acting debut in "Another Country"

Moved to Southern California to study film at UCLA

Helmed every music video featuring M.C. Hammer; 14 of them aired as part of 1992 CBS primetime music special "Hammer from the Heart"

Worked as a commercials director for products like Reebok (featuring tennis pro Michael Chang), Frito Lay (featuring Reba McEntire), McDonald's, Sprint and Converse, among others

Began career as a ballet dancer

Was one of the youngest directors accepted in the Discovery Program sponsored by Columbia Pictures; made the short film, "The Open Window" (1989) while there

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