SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
JOHN MADDEN's most recent film was the hugely successful
Miramax film "Mrs. Brown," starring Judi Dench and Billy
Connolly. The story of Queen Victoria's catalytic friendship with
a servant, the film garnered 2 Oscar and 8 BAFTA nominations and
went on to win Judi Dench the BAFTA for Best Actress.
Madden began his directing career in the English theater, moving
later to the BBC to work in television and radio drama. John Madden
made his first feature film, "Ethan Frome," for Miramax
in 1990, adapted by Richard Nelson from Edith Wharton's novella,
starring Liam Neeson and Patricia Arquette. His next film was
"Golden Gate," starring Matt Dillon and Joan Chen.
In 1975 he moved to America to develop radio drama with Earplay,
the National Public Radio drama project. Winning the Prix Italia
with Arthur Kopit's "Wings," he subsequently directed
the play for the stage at Yale, Broadway and the National Theater
in London. Further stage work included the premieres of Jules
Feiffer's "Grown Ups," Christopher Durang's "Beyond
Therapy," and Arnold Wesker's "Caritas". During
this time, he taught in the acting and playwriting programs at
the Yale School of Drama.
In 1984 he began to work extensively in film, directing
for the BBC and for commercial television in the UK. His films
included "Poppyland," "After the War," "The
Widowmaker" and several films in the "Inspector Morse"
series. His episode of "Prime Suspect - The Lost Child"
received a BAFTA nomination and his BBC film "Truth or Dare"
won the Scottish BAFTA for Best Single Drama. Madden has returned
to the UK and now lives in London.
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