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Andrew Eaton

Andrew Eaton

Andrew Eaton was named producer of the year at the British Independent Film Awards in 2000 and was nominated for the Best British Producer award by the London Film Critics Association in 2005. He co-founded Revolution Films with Michael Winterbottom in 1994, after their award-winning collaboration on the BBC drama FAMILY.

Since then, the duo has brought a wide range of films to the screen, beginning with the award-winning GO NOW. Next came JUDE, starring Kate Winslet, Christopher Eccleston and Rachel Griffiths. JUDE won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Eaton next produced THE JAMES GANG, directed by Mike Barker, followed by RESURRECTION, directed by Marc Evans. He reunited with Winterbottom for I WANT YOU, based on an Elvis Costello song and starring Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola. It won a Special Award for Cinematography at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.

Eaton and Winterbottom then filmed WITH OR WITHOUT YOU and WONDERLAND back to back. WONDERLAND was in competition at Cannes and Edinburgh, was named Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards, and was nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs in 2000. THE CLAIM, starring Wes Bentley, Milla Jovovich, Nastassja Kinski, Peter Mullan and Sarah Polley, was in competition at the Berlin and Paris festivals in 2001.

The inimitable 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, starring Steve Coogan as Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, competed at Cannes in 2002. The mock documentary traced the emergence of such influential Manchester bands as Joy Division, the Happy Mondays and New Order. Its honors included Best Achievement in Production at the British Independent Film Awards.

Eaton and Winterbottom shifted gears with IN THIS WORLD, a controversial road movie that follows the harrowing journey of two young Afghan refugees. Shot on DV in the Urdu language, it won the Golden Bear, the Peace Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival, as well as the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language. It was nominated for BAFTA's outstanding British film award, and for Best Film, Best Director and Best Director of Photography at the European Film Awards.

The pair next made CODE 46, a futuristic love story written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and starring Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton. CODE 46 premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The sexually explicit 9 SONGS starred Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley as a young couple whose sexual encounters are echoed in the concerts they attend.

Eaton and Winterbottom returned to literary material for their 2006 film, TRISTRAM SHANDY: A COCK & BULL STORY. Adapted from Laurence Sterne's 18th Century novel, it stars Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Gillian Anderson, Kelly MacDonald, Jeremy Northam and a large supporting cast of British acting and comic talent. After its Toronto festival premiere, it was nominated for BAFTA's outstanding British film award, and for five British Independent Film Awards including Best British Film and Best Director.

2006 also saw the release of Eaton and Winterbottom's acclaimed docudrama, THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, winning the Silver Bear for Best Direction. The film tells the story of Britain's Tipton Three who were captured in Afghanistan and detained for two years in the U.S. prison in Cuba.

Eaton's many executive producer credits over the years include Damien O'Donnell's HEARTLANDS, Stephen Fry's BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, Tracey Emin's TOP SPOT and SNOW CAKE for director Marc Evans. Projects on Revolution's development slate include FAST FORWARD, written by Nick Hornby and Emma Thompson, Roddy Doyle's A STAR CALLED HENRY and Julia Davis' THE CULT. Eaton's next production, GENOVA will begin filming this summer in Italy.

Eaton began his career in theatre publicity before joining BBC Television as a researcher. He directed and produced documentaries for the BBC's Arena and Omnibus arts programs on subjects from John Ford to ABBA. He studied the classics and law at Cambridge.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Andrew Eaton Facts

OccupationProducer
BirthplaceDerry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Get Out
Necessary Evil
The Woman in White
Red Riding 1983
Red Riding 1974
The Claim
Appointment with Death
The Inn At Whitewall
Red Riding 1980
Around the World under the Sea
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