THE THEORY OF FLIGHT
KENNETH BRANAGH portrays
Richard, a troubled artist whose run-in with the law leads to
a community service sentence that will alter his life. Branagh
is equally accomplished as a writer, actor, director and filmmaker.
He began his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, quickly
becoming one of the British stage's leading young actors. Next
he formed his own Renaissance Theatre Company, directing and starring
in multiple Shakespearean productions the drew the highest critical
acclaim. His early film roles included Fortunes of War, A Month
in the Country, High Season and Look Back in Anger.
In 1989, Branagh became an internationally recognized star after
directing. writing and starring in a visceral and dynamic new
screen version of Henry V. The film won dozens of honors,
garnering Branagh Oscar® nominations for Best Director and
Best Actor as well as a National Board of Review Award, the European
Actor of the Year Award, the D.W. Griffith Award for Best Director
and a New York Critics Circle Award among others.
Branagh went on to direct and star in the noiresque thriller Dead
Again, the comedy Peter's Friends, the Academy Award®-nominated
short Swan Song, an acclaimed screen adaptation of Much
Ado About Nothing and the horror hit Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Branagh's 1996 screen version of Hamlet drew more awards,
including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay'
and Best Picture. Other film credits include starring roles in
Oliver Parker's Othello, Richard Brown's The True Story
of Frankenstein, Al Pacino's Looking for Richard and
Lesli Glatter's Shakespeare Sister. His most recent performances
include Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man and the neurotic
journalist who is dazzled by the stars in Woody Allen's Celebrity.
He also narrates the 25-hour CNN documentary' special "The
Cold War" this winter.
Branagh's forthcoming roles include Barry Sonnenfeld's The
Wild, Wild West with Will Smith and Kevin Kline; a voice in
the Dreamworks animated feature The Road to El Dorado; and
Danny Boyle's Alien Love Triangle, part of the trilogy'
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