In 1987, he was chosen as one of five directors for the Channel Four/British Screen project for cinema directors, writing and directing TREACLE, a film set in his hometown. Highly acclaimed, it won him a BAFTA nomination and invitations to festivals all over the world, including New York. His first full length feature was the very successful and critically acclaimed romantic comedy HEAR MY SONG, inspired by the life of a charismatic Irish tenor, played by Ned Beatty. The film's Royal Premiere was attended by Princess Diana and among its awards, the film garnered the Best Newcomer from the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Chelsom's second film was FUNNY BONES starring Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis, Leslie Caron and newcomer Lee Evans, which garnered more critical success and the Best Picture award at five European film festivals. It won him the Peter Sellers Award for comedy at the British Film Awards. He then directed THE MIGHTY, based on the best-selling, award-winning book Freak the Mighty, and starring Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, Gena Rowlands, Harry Dean Stanton and Kieran Culkin; and TOWN AND COUNTRY, which starred Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Garry Shandling. Chelsom most recently directed the successful romantic comedy SERENDIPITY starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale as two people who test their love at first sight by letting destiny decide if they should be together.
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|Birthday||April 20, 1956 (62)|
|Birthplace||Blackpool, England, United Kingdom|
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