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Philip Saville

Highest Rated:   64% Metroland (1999)
Lowest Rated:   37% The Gospel of John (2003)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Those Glory, Glory Days
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Count Dracula
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Secrets
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Director
  • 2001

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