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MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM took an English degree at Oxford and
then trained in film in Bristol and London, breaking into television
via the cutting room at Thames Television. He made his directorial
debut with two documentaries on Ingmar Bergman and first worked
with writer Frank Cottrell Boyce on the young adult television
dramas "The Strangers" and "Forget About Me."
His production of "Love Lies Bleeding" starring Mark
Rylance won the Silver Award at the 1993 New York Television Festival
and the fourpart serial "Family," written by Roddy
Doyle, has collected numerous awards at film and television festivals
around the world. He also directed the opening story in the first
series of Granada's multiaward winning "Cracker."
He made his feature film debut in 1995 with the touching love
story "Butterfly Kiss," written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
and starring Amanda Plummer and Saskia Reeves as serial killers
littering the motorways of the North of England with bodies.
He subsequently directed the Jimmy McGovern scripted "Go
Now," which starred Robert Carlyle as a man coming to terms
with Multiple Sclerosis, which was awarded the Prix Europa and
was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Single Drama. His most recent
feature film, "Jude," was the critically acclaimed adaptation
of Thomas Hardy's novel "Jude the Obscure," which starred
Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet. He has currently completed
"I Want You" and is starting "Mayor of Kingdomcome."
He has his own production company, Revolution Films with the producer
Andrew Eaton ("Go Now," "Jude," "The
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