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MICHAEL APTED (Director) was born in England in 1941 and studied law and history at Cambridge University prior to the beginning of his entertainment career as a researcher at Granada Television. Within a few years, he became well established as a television director and investigative reporter on the news series World in Action and directing episodes of Britain's long-running Coronation Street.

Two of his television series won British Academy Awards: The Lovers for Best Comedy Series and Folly Foot for Best Children's Series. Apted himself won Best Dramatic Director for Another Sunday and Sweet F.A. and Kisses at Ffty. His other sixty-plus television credits include works by such leading English writers as Cohn Welland, Jack Rosenthal and Arthur Hopcraft.

In 1972, Apted made his directorial feature film debut with the tense war drama Triple Echo, starring Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed. Next, Apted's great love for rock 'n' roll made him a natural to direct 1975's acclaimed Stardust, a journey into the dark underside of the music world produced by David Puttnam and featuring David Essex and Adam Faith. The Squeeze, a thriller with Stacy Keach followed in 1977 and, two years later, Apted again teamed up with producer Puttnam to direct Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave in Agatha.

Coal Miner 's Daughter (1980), shot in the Appalachian Mountains, marked Apted's first directing project in America. The movie garnered seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek's moving portrayal of country-western singer Loretta Lynn. Next, he went to Chicago and the Rocky Mountains to direct John Belushi and Blair Brown in the comedy, Continental Divide (1981). He went to Helsinki, Finland, for Gorky Park (1983) with William Hurt, Lee Marvin and Joanna Pakula, and later that same year returned to England to shoot Kipperbang, a project which garnered him a British Academy Award nomination. Firstborn (1984) was shot in America. Bring on the Night (1985), which won him a Grammy award, chronicled the creation of rock star Sting's Dream of the Blue Turtles album and its subsequent concert tour. Critical Condition (1987), starring Richard Pryor. was filmed in the United States.

1988's feature film Gorillas in the Mist took Apted to the African mountains of Rwanda and Kenya, where Sigourney Weaver's performance as the doomed conservationist earned her an Academy Award nomination along with four other nominations for the film. In 1989, Apted traveled to the Soviet Union for the filming of The Long Way Home, a documentary about rock star Boris Grebenshikov, Russia's answer to Bob Dylan. Reaching back to his roots in law, in 1990 he directed Class Action depicting Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as father and daughter attorneys who find themselves on the opposite sides of a heated legal battle. He also directed the pilot and first episode of ABC's My Life and Times.

1992 marked the release of three Apted directed films - 35 Up, Incident At Oglala and Thunderheart. 35 Up is an effort which film critic Roger Ebert calls the "most engrossing long-distance documentary project in the history of film." Beginning with a group of 14 British schoolchildren in 1963, Apted has since revisited this same group every seven years, following them through the twists and turns of life. Both 35 Up and 28 Up won the British Academy Award and the International Emmy, as well as the International Documentary award. Apted has also executive produced and American and a Russian version of the Up series.

The feature thriller Thunderheart, shot on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, was released to wide acclaim and stars Val Kilmer and Sam Shepard as t


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