More Mike Newell Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Mona Lisa Smile)Mike Newell most recently directed Pushing Tin starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton and Donnie Brasco starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, which was Oscar nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Upcoming for Newell is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which commences production in the spring.
Newell's other celebrated film credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, which was honored with two Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Enchanted April, which received three Academy Award nominations and won Golden Globe Awards for Miranda Richardson and Joan Plowright, Into the West starring Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne, from a script by Jim Sheridan and The Good Father, which starred Anthony Hopkins and won the Prix Italia in 1985.
After graduating with a degree in English from Cambridge University, Newell joined Granada Television as a production trainee in 1963. He went on to direct many television dramas including Them Down There, Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill,' Destiny and The Melancholy Hussar," as well as numerous British and U.S. produced television films, including Blood Feud and CBS's Common Ground.
Newell's first feature film was The Man in the Iron Mask starring Louis Jourdan, Ralph Richardson, Richard Chamberlain and Jenny Agutter. He went on to make his U.S. directorial debut with the 1980 film The Awakening starring Charlton Heston and Susannah York. This was followed by Bad Blood, the telefilm Birth of a Nation and the haunting and sensuous mystery Dance with a Stranger with Miranda Richardson and Rupert Everett, which garnered Newell international acclaim and positioned him on the list of the world's top directors.
His other feature film credits include Soursweet, Amazing Grace and Chuck starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Gregory Peck and An Awfully Big Adventure, which was based on the prize-winning Beryl Bainbridge novel and starred Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.
More recently, Newell served as executive producer on Photographing Fairies with Ben Kingsley and Best Laid Plans directed by Mike Barker and starring Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon. Both films were produced by Newell's Dogstar Films. Newell also served as executive producer on Ripley's Game starring John Malkovich, 200 Cigarettes starring Ben Affleck and Kate Hudson, High Fidelity starring John Cusack and Jack Black, and Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "Mona Lisa Smile" (02-Jan-2004)