Sean Mathias

Director, Playwright, Actor
An accomplished playwright and director, Sean Mathias made an assured feature directorial debut with "Bent" (1997), adapted from Martin Sherman's 1979 play about the plight of homosexuals interred in concentration ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1956 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (5)

Mick Jagger: The Ultimate Performer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

White Mischief 1988 (Movie)

Gerald Portman (Actor)

Priest of Love 1981 (Movie)

Film Star's Secretary (Actor)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

Irish Guards Lieutenant (Actor)

The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Bent 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Producer
Director (2)

Bent 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Colossus (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An accomplished playwright and director, Sean Mathias made an assured feature directorial debut with "Bent" (1997), adapted from Martin Sherman's 1979 play about the plight of homosexuals interred in concentration camps. Mathias imposed a highly theatrical and stylized look that cut to the heart of Sherman's work. He also elicited fine performances from leading actors Clive Owen and Lothaire Bluteau and effective cameos from veterans Mick Jagger and Ian McKellen and rising stars like Jude Law and Rupert Graves.

Relationships

John Mathias

Father
Welsh deceased

Anne Mathias

Mother
Irish

Ian McKellen Actor

Companion
Met 1978 Split 1988 Mathias directed McKellen in "Waiting For Godot" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket 2009

Milestones

2002

Was director of the Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man", starring Billy Crudup

2001

Directed the Off-Broadway play "Servicemen"

2001

Helmed the revival of Strindberg's "Dance of Death", starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren

1999

Staged the Broadway production of "Marlene", starring Sian Phillips

1998

Directed Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra"

1997

Directed the stage play "Marlene", starring Sian Phillips as Marlene Dietrich

1997

Film directing debut, "Bent"

1996

Broadway debut as director, "Indiscretions", the retitled version of "Les Parents Terribles"; earned Tony nomination as Best Director

1995

Staged an acclaimed revival of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical "A Little Night Music", co-starring Sian Phillips and Judi Dench

1994

Directed West End productions of "Les Parents Terribles" and "Design for Living"

1992

Wrote the teleplay for the BBC production "The Lost Language of Cranes" (shown in USA on PBS)

1991

Directed well-received stage production of "Uncle Vanya"

1990

Staged acclaimed revival of Martin Sherman's play "Bent"

1988

Appeared in the film "White Mischief"

1987

Joan Plowright directed Mathias' play "A Prayer for Wings"; first produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before transferring to a London theater

1985

His play "Infidelities" was first produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then transfered to the Donmar Wharehouse

1983

Wrote the play "Cowardice"; produced in the West End starring Janet Suzman and Ian McKellen

1982

Acted in the CBS TV-movie "The Scarlet Pimpernel"

1982

Produced "Ian McKellen in Acting Shakespeare" which toured the world and was filmed and aired in the USA on PBS

1978

Began career as an actor, appearing in fringe productions in Edinburgh

1977

Film acting debut, small role in "A Bridge Too Far"

Bonus Trivia

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On directing "Bent" for both the stage and film: "In my stage production, I think there were certain things that I got right, but there were things that I did not examine. [With the film] I feel I had more ability to mine the subtext. I wanted to focus on the love element of the text and so I haven't directed the film as a political or historical piece but from an emotional and spiritual point of view. It is a reflection of the development of my own work that my perception of the piece is different now." (quoted in the official program for the 1997 Moscow International Film Festival)

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