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Peter Kosminsky

Peter Kosminsky

Peter Kosminsky, the British producer/director best known in the United States for his award-winning British television films Warriors and the controversial No Child of Mine makes his American feature film debut at the helm of White Oleander.

Warriors, a two-part series for the BBC, follows the experiences of a group of fictional British soldiers deployed to central Bosnia on peacekeeping duties in 1992. It won a 1999 BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Serial, as well as several additional awards, and received an International Emmy nomination for Best Drama in 1999.

No Child of Mine is based on the true story of a little girl, sexually abused at home and in-care, who became a prostitute at the age of 11. The film earned Kosminsky notoriety in Britain and worldwide acclaim. It won the 1998 BAFTA TV Award for Best Single Drama and received additional recognition from the AFI Festival, Los Angeles (Grand Jury Special Commendation, 1997); the Toronto Film Festival (Official Selection, 1997); the Chicago International Film Festival (Certificate of Merit, 1997) and the 50th International Human Rights Festival in Belgium (Selection, 1998).

Kosminsky's other dramatic credits include Shoot to Kill, two two-hour films about the political situation in Northern Ireland which earned a BAFTA TV nomination for Best Single Drama in 1990; Wuthering Heights, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, which aired on TNT in the United States; 15 - The Life and Death of Philip Knight, winner of the New York Film & Television Festival Silver Medal in 1994; The Dying of the Light, the story of a UNICEF aid worker and BAFTA TV nominee for Best Single Drama in 1994; Walking on the Moon and Innocents.

Working at Yorkshire Television on the First Tuesday series, he made the award-winning documentaries The Falklands War: The Untold Story, Cambodia: Children of the Killing Fields and Afghantsi. Other documentaries include New York: The Quiet Catastrophe, Twilight in Belize, Death Row: A One-Woman Band, A Home for Laura, Murder in Ostankino Precinct and One Day in the Life of Television.

Born in London, Kosminsky attended Oxford University as a chemistry major. He spent much of his time at the university in theater, where he was a lighting designer for the Dramatic Society and where he ultimately produced a successful touring production of Twelfth Night, co-starring fellow student Hugh Grant. The production's composer and accompanist was another young student named Rachel Portman (now an Oscar-winning composer and three time Oscar nominee). Following school, he worked at the BBC as a graduate trainee before becoming a documentary director.

Kosminsky, his wife Helen and two daughters, reside in Wiltshire, England.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Peter Kosminsky Facts

OccupationDirector
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Three Card Trick
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights
White Oleander
Masterpiece: Wolf Hall
Wuthering Heights
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood / White Oleander
The Promise
Peacekeepers
Peter Kosminsky Collection
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