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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 James Gang").

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