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Michael Apted



Receiving his early education at City of London School, Michael Apted went on to study Law at Cambridge University. By the age of 22, however, he was gainfully employed as a director at the BBC, laboring away on the popular soap opera Coronation Street. While working on the documentary series The World in Action, he collaborated with Paul Almond on the 1963 telefilm 7 Up, in which 14 seven-year-olds, drawn from every social level in London, were interviewed concerning their lives, innermost thoughts, and aspirations. Apted followed up with his subjects on his own every seven years, charting their progress and grilling them concerning their hopes for the future, resulting in the subsequent Seven Plus Seven, 21 Up, 28 Up (which incorporated footage from the earlier installments), 35 Up, and 42 Up.



While he never completely abandoned the documentary form (certainly not with several TV awards to his credit), Apted has also kept busy with dramatic features, beginning with the bizarre cross-dressing World War II yarn The Triple Echo (1973). His 1974 Stardust, a quasi-documentary of a Beatles-like rock group, gained Apted a following on the midnight-movie circuit. Of a more mainstream nature were his subsequent biopics Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), the story of country singer Loretta Lynn; Gorillas in the Mist (1988), charting the life and violent death of conservationist Dian Fossey; and Thunderheart (1992), the saga of Native American activist Leonard Peltier (a subject also covered in Apted's 1992 documentary Incident at Oglala). His 1994 feature Nell, a distaff variation of François Truffaut's The Wild Child (1970), found acclaimed actress Jodie Foster in the challenging role of a childlike forest dweller forced into society following the death of her protective mother. And while Apted's later work edged closer to the mainstream with such thrillers as Extreme Measures (1996) and the James Bond vehicle The World Is Not Enough (1999), the avid documentarian remained faithful to his roots with 42 Up and Me & Isaac Newton (both also 1999). Carefully balancing his efforts, the tireless director received winning reviews for the wartime thriller Enigma in 2001 shortly before stepping behind the camera for the Jennifer Lopez revenge flick Enough (2002). Apted also served as executive producer of The River Rat (1984) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and, along with several other directors, played a cameo role in Spies Like Us (1985).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% 56 Up
  • Director
  • Producer
2013
31% Chasing Mavericks
  • Director
2012
49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Married in America 2
  • Director
2007
70% Amazing Grace
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet The Power of the Game
  • Director
2007
95% 49 Up
  • Producer
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet The FIFA 2006 World Cup Film: The Grand Finale
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Married in America
  • Director
2003
22% Enough
  • Director
2002
72% Enigma
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Short - International Release #3
  • Actor
2001
89% Me & Isaac Newton
  • Director
2000
51% The World Is Not Enough
  • Director
1999
89% 42 Up
  • Director
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet Always Outnumbered
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Inspirations
  • Director
1997
55% Extreme Measures
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Moving The Mountain
  • Director
1995
53% Nell
  • Director
1994
62% Blink
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Strapped
  • Executive Producer
1993
78% Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Producer
1992
100% Incident at Oglala
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Intruders
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1992
87% Thunderheart
  • Director
1992
94% 35 Up
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1991
75% Class Action
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Long Way Home
  • Director
1989
82% Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Critical Condition
  • Director
1987
35% Spies Like Us
  • Ace Tomato Agent
1985
No Score Yet Bring On the Night
  • Director
1985
100% 28 Up
  • Director
1985
33% Firstborn
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet The River Rat
  • Executive Producer
1984
78% Gorky Park
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang. (First Love: P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang)
  • Director
1982
78% Continental Divide
  • Director
1981
100% Coal Miner's Daughter
  • Director
1980
82% Agatha
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet 21 Up
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet The Squeeze
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet The Collection
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Poor Girl, a Ghost Story
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Stardust
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Triple Echo
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet 7 Plus Seven
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet 7 Plus Seven (14 Up)
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Sting - Bring on the Night
  • Director

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Rome
2005
  • Director
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Narrator
  • Producer
  • Director
77% Ray Donovan
2013
  • Director
83% Masters of Sex
2013
  • Director
46% Reckless
2014
  • Director
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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