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James Marsh

James Marsh's most recent dramatic film, RED RIDING 1980, was broadcast on Channel 4 in March 2009. Starring Paddy Considine, the film is an adaptation of David Peace's novel of the same name and forms part of a trilogy of films, based on Peace's books, that was released theatrically in the US and Europe in 2010 as RED RIDING TRILOGY. The film has also been screened at a number of prestigious international film festivals, including Telluride, New York and AFI.

His most recent documentary, MAN ON WIRE, won 26 awards worldwide, including the 2009 Oscar for Best Documentary, a BAFTA for Best British Film, the Independent Spirit Award and BIFA award for Best Documentary, and Jury and Audience prizes at Sundance. The film is a partly dramatised re-telling of an outrageous plot by a group of French artists to rig a high wire between the Twin Towers for aerialist Philippe Petit to perform on in 1974. The film was released theatrically worldwide and was one of the top-grossing documentary films of the last five years.

Marsh's first dramatic feature, THE KING, was selected for entry at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. A tale of jealousy and revenge set in the American Bible belt, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt. The film was co-written with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Milo Addica. Marsh's previous film, WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won many awards, including a BAFTA and RTS award for Best Documentary. Originally made for television, this dramatised documentary was theatrically released in the UK and the US, where it stayed on art house release for two years.

Born in Truro, James Marsh grew up in Cornwall and London. Since 1994, he has lived between London, New York and Copenhagen.


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James Marsh Facts

OccupationDirector, Writer

Selected Filmography

Part 4: The Art of War
The Theory of Everything
Project Nim
Man on Wire
Shadow Dancer
Fishing The Gulf of Mexico
Red Riding 1980
The Boaters Guide to Twin Screw Boat Handling
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