Sally Potter

Director, Screenwriter, Performance artist
A fixture of London's avant-garde dance and performance art circuit since the 1970s, this English experimental filmmaker gained international critical attention and acclaim with "Orlando" (1993), a fantastic costume ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1949 in England, GB

Filmography

Director (12)

Bomb 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

I Am an Ox, I Am a Horse, I Am a Woman 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Yes 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Cried 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tango Lesson 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Orlando 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gold Diggers 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The London Story 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Tears, Laughter, Fear and Rage 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Thriller 1979 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (9)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Yes 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

The Man Who Cried 2001 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

The Man Who Cried 2001 (Movie)

("Close Your Eyes") (Song)

The Tango Lesson 1997 (Movie)

vocals("Ondes Martenot") (Music)

The Tango Lesson 1997 (Movie)

("I Am You") (Song Performer)

The Gold Diggers 1988 (Movie)

("Seeing Red") (Song Performer)

The Gold Diggers 1988 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Song of the Shirt 1978 (Movie)

(Song Performer)
Writer (8)

Bomb 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yes 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Cried 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Tango Lesson 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Orlando 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Gold Diggers 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (2)

The Gold Diggers 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Thriller 1979 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (1)

The Tango Lesson 1997 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Thriller 1979 (Movie)

(Photography)
Sound (1)

Thriller 1979 (Movie)

(Sound)

Biography

A fixture of London's avant-garde dance and performance art circuit since the 1970s, this English experimental filmmaker gained international critical attention and acclaim with "Orlando" (1993), a fantastic costume drama based on Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel.

Relationships

Norman Potter

Father
Born 1923 Died 1995 Potter dedicated 1997's "The Tango Lesson" to him

Pablo Veron Actor

Companion
Potter documented their relationship in "The Tango Lesson" (1997)

Milestones

2012

Wrote and directed "Ginger & Rosa," starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, and Annette Bening

2009

Helmed "Rage," which also featured Simon Abkarian

2007

Directed Georges Bizet’s "Carmen" for English National Opera at the London Coliseum

2005

Wrote and directed "Yes," the story of a passionate love affair between an American woman (Joan Allen) and a Middle-Eastern man (Simon Abkarian), written in direct response to events of 9/11

2000

Co-produced, wrote, and directed "The Man Who Cried"

1997

Wrote, directed, and starred in semi-autobiographical "The Tango Lesson"

1993

International breakthrough, romantic drama "Orlando" with Tilda Swinton in title role

1989

Formed (with producer Christopher Sheppard) film production company, the London-based Adventure Pictures

1986

Directed British TV documentary "Tears, Laughter, Fear and Rage" a four-part series on the politics of emotions

1983

Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "The Gold Diggers" starring Julie Christie; shot with all-female crew

1979

Directed, photographed, edited, and did sound recording for experimental black-and-white short "Thriller," a deconstruction of "La bohème"

1974

Formed (with Jacky Lansley) Limited Dance Company

As a young child, wrote plays and gave musical performances

Trained at London School of Contemporary Dance

Made several short films at London Filmmakers Co-Op

Was loaned an 8 millimeter camera at age 14

Worked as a musician/lyricist throughout Europe in jazz and new music festivals

Choreographed and directed film, dance, and theater pieces in 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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Potter's 1992 film "Orlando" has an end title that reads: "with special thanks to Michael Powell (1905-1990)."

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From an interview with Potter conducted by Manohla Dargis in Interview, June 1993 – Dargis: "It kills me to hear you spoken of as this 'upstart director,' when I've known about you for ten years."Potter: In a funny way I have no attachment to my own history. 'Orlando' feels as if it were my first film in which I had a degree of mastery of the form, where I knew what I was doing, and how to do it. I must say I'm quite happy to be the newcomer."

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