Michael Winterbottom

Michael Winterbottom

Highest Rated: 94% The Unloved (2009)

Lowest Rated: 20% 360 (2012)

Birthday: Mar 29, 1961

Birthplace: Not Available

Acclaimed British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom is known for making intense, passionate films that explore the demands of human relationships and emotional commitment. He first earned recognition with Butterfly Kisses (1995), a somewhat controversial revision of the buddy/road genre that told the story of a pair of lesbians (Saskia Reeves and Amanda Plummer) who go on a killing spree across Great Britain.Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on March 29, 1961, Winterbottom earned a degree at Oxford and received film training in Bristol and London. After beginning his professional career as a film editor for Thames Television, he directed two documentaries about Ingmar Bergman and a few television series, most notably the acclaimed BBC drama Family (1994).The same year that Butterfly Kiss was released, Winterbottom presented audiences with a film of an entirely different sort. Go Now, a romantic drama starring Robert Carlyle as a man whose life is turned inside out after he is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, was a tough yet sweet look at life's hard knocks. It featured stunning performances from Carlyle and Juliet Aubrey, who played his lover, and it earned an overwhelmingly strong reception. Winterbottom followed Go Now with a film that was in a much darker emotional vein: Jude, his 1996 adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. Starring Christopher Eccleston as its doomed protagonist and Kate Winslet as his equally ill-fated paramour, the film earned fairly strong reviews, though many critics -- and audience members -- found its unyielding pessimism hard to take. Equally heart-rending was Winterbottom's Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), which focused on the experiences of a group of journalists and civilians in war-torn Sarajevo. The first major Western film to take place in the former Yugoslavia, it debuted at the 1997 Cannes Festival, where it received a warm reception but no awards. The film's Cannes reception mirrored the way in which audiences subsequently responded to it; although it received largely positive critical notices, audiences stayed away due in part to the difficult subject matter.After making the romantic crime drama I Want You (1998), Winterbottom directed one of his most anticipated films to date, Wonderland (1999). An ensemble drama focusing on the lives of three lower-middle-class sisters in London, the film marked a departure from the kind of emotionally devastating works with which Winterbottom had made his name. That same year, he released With or Without You, a romantic drama about a couple whose marriage is threatened when old flames and amorous pen pals enter the picture.

Highest Rated Movies



47% Greed Director Screenwriter 2020
87% The Trip to Greece Director Screenwriter 2020
42% The Wedding Guest Director Screenwriter Producer 2019
83% The Trip to Spain Director $1.2M 2017
No Score Yet Russ & Roger Director 2016
48% On the Road Director Screenwriter 2016
37% The Face Of An Angel Director 2015
87% The Trip To Italy Director Screenwriter 2014
74% Everyday Screenwriter Director 2013
54% The Look of Love Director $0.3M 2013
20% 360 Executive Producer $49.8K 2012
63% Trishna Producer Director Screenwriter $0.3M 2012
89% The Trip Director $1.7M 2011
54% The Killer Inside Me Director $0.3M 2010
94% The Unloved Producer 2009
77% A Summer In Genoa Director Producer Screenwriter 2009
58% The Shock Doctrine Screenwriter Director 2009
79% A Mighty Heart Director $9.1M 2007
65% Snow Cake Executive Producer 2006
86% The Road To Guantanamo Producer Director $0.3M 2006
89% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story Director $1.2M 2005
24% 9 Songs Director Screenwriter 2005
65% Bright Young Things Executive Producer $0.9M 2004
51% Code 46 Director 2004
89% In This World Director 2003
60% Heartlands Executive Producer 2002
86% 24 Hour Party People Director $1.1M 2002
62% The Claim Director 2000
63% Wonderland Director 2000
No Score Yet With Or Without You Director 1999
67% I Want You (Beloved) Director 1998
60% Go Now Director 1998
80% Welcome to Sarajevo Director 1997
81% Jude Director 1996
77% Butterfly Kiss Director 1996
No Score Yet Love Lies Bleeding Director 1993


No Score Yet Cracker (1993)
75% The Trip to Greece
No Score Yet The Trip to Italy
Screenwriter Director
No Score Yet The Trip to Spain


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