More James Marsh Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Wisconsin Death Trip)After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English, James Marsh began working as a researcher for a commercial tv station in london. He soon moved on to the BBC and began making documentaries for a maverick arts series called Arena which had a reputation for commissioning eccentric and iconoclastic films and allowing untested directors to make them. His body of work for Arena includes THE LAST SUPPER - a documentary about the last meal requests that are ordered and served to death row inmates before they are executed, THE TRIALS OF THE ANIMALS - about the forgotten practice of arresting and prosecuting animals for crimes committed against people that was prevalent throughout medieval Europe, and an account of the murder of soul singer Marvin Gaye (gunned down by his father - a fundamentalist preacher and occasional transvestite) called TROUBLEMAN. Marsh's 1996 documentary THE BURGER AND THE KING won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Arts Documentary and the Best Arts Documentary Gold Medal at the 1997 Chicago Film & Television Festival. The film was a survey of Elvis Presley's favorite meals and an account of his life through the eyes of those who cooked them for him.
Most recently, Marsh made a film with Velvet Underground founder member and solo artist John Cale which won a BAFTA in Wales. Cale returned the favor by writing the end title music for WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP. Marsh is currently at work on a feature film script inspired by a real life murder case in contemporary America.
Bio courtesy BBC for "Wisconsin Death Trip" (05-Jan-2003)