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Stephen Frears

Highest Rated:   100% Night Will Fall (2014)
Lowest Rated:   19% Lay the Favorite (2012)
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Known for making provocative, stylized, and tightly budgeted films about people living on society's social and/or sexual fringes, British director Stephen Frears is renowned as one of his country's most vibrant and recognizable filmmakers. Regarding his tendency to make films that branch into unfamiliar territory, Frears has said that he likes "making films about different cultures...I'm interested in things that I've never encountered before. I try to put myself in the audience's position." Born in Leicester on June 20, 1941, Frears studied law at Cambridge University before turning to the arts. He became involved with London's Royal Court Theatre, where he served as an assistant to director Lindsay Anderson and to actor Albert Finney. He started his career in the film industry as an assistant director to Karel Reisz, with whom he worked from 1966 until 1972.In 1971, Frears made his directorial debut with Gumshoe. Starring Finney, it was a tribute to the hardboiled detective drama. Frears helmed a few made-for-television films, and in 1985, he had his breakthrough directing My Beautiful Laundrette. Written for the screen by Hanif Kureishi, the film used its central story of the relationship between a young Pakistani and a London street punk (a then unknown Daniel Day-Lewis) to explore issues encompassing homosexuality, racism, and intergenerational tensions. An edgy, offbeat tale, it earned great critical acclaim, a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination, and a New York Film Critics Circle award for Kureshi. Frears and Kureishi again collaborated on Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), a film about the faltering relationship between a London couple. Like My Beautiful Laundrette, it looked at a number of issues that were particularly relevant to late-'80s British society; unlike Laundrette, it failed to make much of an impression on critics or audiences.Frears' next three films proved to be some of the most successful of his career. The first, Prick Up Your Ears (1987), was a biographical drama about the celebrated and controversial English playwright Joe Orton. Featuring stellar performances by Gary Oldman as Orton, Alfred Molina as his tragically unstable lover, and Vanessa Redgrave as his agent, the film was widely praised. A year later, a Best Director BAFTA nomination and a number of international honors greeted Frears for Dangerous Liaisons, his adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The director's most opulent piece to date, it was an elegant, witheringly cynical tragi-comedy that boasted an Oscar-winning script by Christopher Hampton and deliciously nasty lead performances from John Malkovich and Glenn Close, the latter of whom earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the scheming Marquise de Merteuil. Frears gained more international acclaim and a Best Director Oscar nomination in 1990 for The Grifters. The gripping, stylish depiction of a deadly power struggle between three con artists (John Cusack, Anjelica Huston, and Annette Bening), the film earned a reputation as one of the best noirs in recent memory. Both Huston and Bening were nominated for Oscars for their work, and Frears duly earned a reputation as one of the most gifted British directors of his generation.Frears' subsequent films have been of wildly mixed quality. Hero (1992) and Mary Reilly (1996) were complete duds, while two Roddy Doyle adaptations, The Snapper (1993) and The Van (1996), were modest affairs that enjoyed a fairly positive reception. Despite the presence of a strong cast that featured Woody Harrelson, Billy Crudup, Penélope Cruz, and Patricia Arquette, Frears' 1998 film, a 20th century Western entitled The Hi-Lo Country, was a sizable disappointment. A number of critics remarked that Frears was out of his element directing a film about cowboys. In 2000, however, Frears returned to more familiar territory with High Fidelity. Adapted from Nick Hornby's popular novel o

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Victoria and Abdul
  • Director
2017
87% Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Director
2016
59% The Program
  • Director
2016
100% Night Will Fall
  • Executive Producer
2014
92% Philomena
  • Director
2013
38% Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
2013
19% Lay the Favorite
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Le cinéma britannique aujourd'hui, la tradition des francs-tireurs
  • Actor
2012
65% Tamara Drewe
  • Director
2010
65% Great Directors
  • Actor
2010
50% Chéri
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet Jean Charles
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet 40 X 15
  • Actor
2008
97% The Queen
  • Director
2006
68% Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet The Deal
  • Director
2003
94% Dirty Pretty Things
  • Director
2003
70% Liam
  • Director
2001
100% Fail Safe
  • Director
2000
91% High Fidelity
  • Director
2000
56% The Hi-Lo Country
  • Director
1998
38% The Van
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Howard Hawks: American Artist
  • Actor
1997
26% Mary Reilly
  • Director
1996
97% The Snapper
  • Director
1993
68% Hero
  • Director
1992
90% The Grifters
  • Director
1990
93% Dangerous Liaisons
  • Director
1988
92% Prick Up Your Ears
  • Director
1987
88% Sammy and Rosie
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Loving Walter
  • Director
1986
100% My Beautiful Laundrette
  • Director
1985
85% The Hit
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Saigon: Year of the Cat
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Loving Walter
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Bloody Kids (One Joke Too Many)
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet A Day Out
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet Gumshoe
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet The Burning
  • Director
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest

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