Previous productions include the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated HILARY AND JACKIE, starring Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths; and the Oscar-winning RESTORATION, starring Robert Downey Jr., Hugh Grant and Meg Ryan. With RESTORATION and GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, Paterson is probably the only producer in history to have made two major feature films set in 1665, a distinction he could not have foreseen as he commenced a physics degree at Oxford University in the early 1980's.
His time at Oxford coincided with director Michael Hoffman, (with whom he would go on to make five films), screenwriter Olivia Hetreed (who would become his wife), and Hugh Grant. Together they made their first feature film, the $40,000 PRIVILEGED, which was released theatrically in the UK and US and launched many careers. In 1990, Paterson and Nick Kent produced the BAFTA-winning documentary series Naked Hollywood and formed Oxford Television Company, now a major force in British factual television. After HILARY AND JACKIE, Paterson, with director Anand Tucker and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, decided to concentrate only on movies and started a new production company, Archer Street Ltd.
As well as running the film side of the British producers' association, PACT, for three years, Paterson has co-produced two films with Icelandic director Agust Gudmundsson: DANSINN and THE SEAGULL'S LAUGHTER, which was Iceland's foreign language Oscar candidate in 2002 and which is currently on release in North America.
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