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Philip Saville

Highest Rated: 64% Metroland (1999)

Lowest Rated: 37% The Gospel of John (2003)

Birthday: Oct 28, 1930

Birthplace: Not Available

In the realm of television, there are likely few directors as prolific as Philip Saville. A one-time actor who stepped behind the camera as his onscreen career waned in the mid-'50s, Saville appeared in such features as The Straw Man (1953) and On the Run (1956) before making his directorial debut with the small-screen feature Curtains for Harry (1955). Quickly following with such efforts as Hamlet (1964), Oedipus the King (1968), and The Rainbirds (1971), it didn't take long for Saville to hit his stride. In 1986, Saville directed the BAFTA-winning miniseries The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (remade stateside with Roseanne in the lead three years later). In addition to features, he helmed episodes for such popular U.K. series as First Born (1988) and The Buccaneers (1995). Saville later gained possibly his most international exposure to date as the director of the urban comedy drama Metroland (1997), a touching marriage drama featuring Christian Bale and Emily Watson, which told the story of one man's conflict between his current life and how it might have been different had he taken another path. Though Saville subsequently returned to television for most of his work, he ventured into feature territory once again with the 2003 biblical dramaThe Gospel of John, and the 2004 Holocaust drama Love Is a Survivor.

Highest Rated Movies



37% The Gospel of John Director $3.9M 2003
No Score Yet Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale Director 2001
64% Metroland Director 1999
No Score Yet Deacon Brodie Director 1997
No Score Yet Family Pictures Director 1993
No Score Yet Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 Director 1990
No Score Yet Fellow Traveller Director 1990
No Score Yet Max and Helen Director 1990
No Score Yet The Fruit Machine Director 1988
No Score Yet Wonderland Director 1988
No Score Yet Shadey Director 1987
No Score Yet Mandela Director 1987
No Score Yet Those Glory, Glory Days Director 1986
No Score Yet Count Dracula Director 1977
No Score Yet Secrets Director Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Oedipus The King Director 1967
No Score Yet Stop the World--I Want to Get Off Director 1966
No Score Yet Game of Danger (Bang! You're Dead) Ben Jones 1954
No Score Yet Penny and the Pownall Case Police Car Driver 1948
No Score Yet An Honourable Murder Actor


No Score Yet Masterpiece
Director 2001
No Score Yet Boys from the Blackstuff


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