SWINTON (Sal) made her mark in film with her extraordinary performance as
Orlando in Sally Potter's 1993 film of the same name. Her subsequent film
credits include Susan Streitfeld's "Female Perversions" (1995), Lynn
Hershmann-Leeson's "Conceiving Ada" (1997), John Maybury's
"Love is the Devil" (1998) and Tim Roth's "The War Zone"
(1999). She most recently completed a leading role in Robert Lepage's
graduate of Cambridge University, Swinton joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
in the mid-eighties and shortly after embarked on a lengthy collaboration with
Derek Jarman. She received the Best Actress Volpi Cup at the 1991 Venice Film
Festival for her performance in Jarman's production of "Edward II."
Between 1985 and 1992 she appeared in Jarman's "Caravaggio,"
"The Last of England," "War Requiem," "The Garden"
Her extensive stage work in the eighties includes a number of plays directed by
Stephen Unwin, among them Peter Arnott's "White Rose" (1985),
Bertold Brecht's "Die Massnahme" and Manfred Karge's award-winning
one-woman play "Man to Man," later reprising her role in John
Maybury's 1991 film version. In 1988 she played Mozart in Pushkin's
"Mozart and Salieri" directed by Karge in Vienna, Berlin and London.
On television, she appeared in the BBC-1 production of John Byrne's "Your
In 1995 and 1996, she won international acclaim for "The Maybe," a
performance-art creation in which she spent seven days in a glass case, first at
The Serpentine Gallery in London and then at Museo Barraceo in Rome. She also
made a nine-minute film, "Will We Wake," commissioned by BBC-2 and
broadcast in December, 1998.
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