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David Parfitt

David Parfitt

London-based independent film producer David Parfitt most recently completed a film adaptation of Dodie Smith's novel, Capture the Castle. He also worked at Cinecitta Studios in Rome as Production Consultant to Miramax on Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.

Parfitt produced the spectacular Shakespeare in Love, which garnered seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, as well as four British Academy Awards, including Best Film. Among his additional credits are The Wings of the Dove, starring Helena Bonham Carter, and the highly successful film, The Madness of King George. Each received four Academy Award nominations.

Prior to film production, Parfitt co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company with Kenneth Branagh. Between 1987 and 1991, the company produced various celebrated Shakespearean theater productions including Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, and Coriolanus. Contemporary works included John Sessions' Travelling Tales, and Kenneth Branagh's Public Enemy.

In 1988, Parfitt and Branagh, along with business partner Stephen Evans, joined forces to form Renaissance films. Parfitt was associate producer on the Academy Award-winning Henry V, and producer of Peter's Friends. Continuing Renaissance's interest in the classics, he also produced the successful film version of Much Ado About Nothing and the Academy Award-nominated short, Swan Song. He was co-producer of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and producer of the highly acclaimed film, Twelfth Night, directed by Trevor Nunn.

In 2000, Parfitt formed Trademark Films and Trademark Theatre Company, with other members of his regular production team. Prior to his behind the scenes film work, Parfitt was an actor for many years, for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, among others, and acted with Kenneth Branagh and Rupert Everett in the original production of Another Country.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

David Parfitt Facts


Selected Filmography

Parade's End Part 5
I Capture The Castle
Discovering Hamlet
Asylum Blackout
The Wipers Times
Chasing Liberty
Shakespeare In Love
To the Lighthouse
The Madness of King George
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