Mick Jackson

Mick Jackson

Highest Rated: 100% Threads (1984)

Lowest Rated: 11% The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002)

Birthday: Oct 4, 1943

Birthplace: Aveley, Essex, England, UK

Though British filmmaker Mick Jackson helmed the hugely successful Whitney Houston vehicle "The Bodyguard" (1992), his body of work was anchored by award-winning, fact-based dramas for film and television like "Threads" (BBC, 1984), "Tuesdays with Morrie" (ABC, 1999) and "Temple Grandin" (HBO, 2010). Born October 4, 1943 in Aveley, Essex, England, Jackson's educational career followed a similar path to his professional life: h earned a degree in electronics from the University of Southampton before gaining his postgraduate degree in drama from the University of Bristol. His film career also began on the technical side as an editor for BBC television productions before he moved into producing and directing a string of science-based documentary projects, including "The Ascent of Man" (BBC, 1973). By the early 1980s, Jackson was alternating between documentary and dramatic efforts, including the harrowing docudrama "Threads," about the impact of a nuclear war on middle-class British families. The BAFTA-winning film would set the tone for much of Jackson's subsequent work: dramas based on real-life events, like "Yuri Nosenko: Double Agent" (BBC, 1986) and "Life Story" (BBC, 1987), about the discovery of the DNA double helix. Jackson continued in this vein after moving to Los Angeles, where his skill with intimate dramas like "Chattahoochee" (1989), with Gary Oldman and Dennis Hopper as patients in a corrupt mental hospital, led to major studio assignments like "L.A. Story" (1991). Jackson moved into blockbuster territory with "The Bodyguard," the chart-topping romantic drama with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, but appeared to prefer character-driven, fact-based material like "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" (HBO, 1995), which earned him his first Emmy nomination and Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for direction. He would continue to find success on the small screen, with DGA wins for the Oprah Winfrey-produced "Tuesdays with Morrie" and Emmy nods for "Live from Baghdad" (HBO, 2002), based on the non-fiction account by CNN producer Robert Weiner. Producing for television kept him busy at the turn of the millennium, but he returned to directing for several powerful TV efforts, most notably "Temple Grandin." about the autistic animal science professor and inventor, played by Claire Danes. The project won Jackson his first Emmy, as well as awards from the American Film Institute, DGA and the Peabody Awards. In 2016, Jackson directed "Denial," based on historian Deborah E. Lipstadt's book about her legal battle against Holocaust denier David Irving. The drama, penned by David Hare, was his first feature effort in more than a decade and received positive reviews during its theatrical run.




83% 71% Denial Director $4.1M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baklava Original Music - 2015
100% 94% Temple Grandin Director - 2010
No Score Yet 62% The Memory Keeper's Daughter Director - 2008
No Score Yet 32% Robert Ludlum's Covert One: The Hades Factor Director - 2006
11% 49% The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Director $5.5K 2002
78% 84% Live From Baghdad Director - 2002
71% 84% Tuesdays With Morrie Director - 1999
50% 32% Volcano Director $47.5M 1997
No Score Yet 79% Indictment: The McMartin Trial Director - 1995
19% 36% Clean Slate Director $7.3M 1994
35% 64% The Bodyguard Director $61.0K 1992
93% 75% L.A. Story Director $25.8M 1991
13% 52% Chattahoochee Director $17.5K 1989
No Score Yet 50% The Race for the Double Helix Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yuri Nosenko, KGB Director - 1986
100% 92% Threads Director - 1984


40% No Score Yet In Justice Director 2006
88% No Score Yet Jack & Bobby Director 2004
73% No Score Yet The Handler Director 2003
83% No Score Yet That's Life Director 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange World Director 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Very British Coup Director 1988