THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS
JONATHAN LYNN (Director) is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist. His
prolific career spans nearly four decades and includes directing, writing,
producing and acting in motion pictules, television and theatre as well as
authoring best-selling books. Most recently, Lynn directed the screwball crime
movie "The Whole Nine Yards," which was number one at the US box
office for three weeks.
In 1985, Lynn wrote and directed his first feature film. "Clue," a
comedy/mystery based on the popular board came. He then directed his own
screenplay, "Nuns on the Run," which starred Eric Idle and Robbie
Coltrane, and the acerbic comedy "My Cousin Vinny," which launched
Marisa Tomei's career and earned her an Academy AwardÂ® as Best Supporting
Actress. Lynn's satire "The Distinguished Gentleman," starring Eddie
Murphy, was released in 1992 and raised the issue of campaign finance reform
long before it was a publicly recognized problem. He followed with
"Greedy," starring Michael J. Fox and Kirk Douglas, "Sgt. Bilko,"
starring Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd and "Trial and Error," starring
Michael Richards and Charlize Theron.
Lynn was initially propelled to fame in his native Great Britain in the 1980s
when he co-created and co-wrote the BBC phenomena "Yes, Minister" and
"Yes, Prime Minister," which lampooned his native country's
political system. They are listed among the top ten series of all-time by the
British Film Institute. Lynn earned the British Academy Writers' Award for his
efforts and the series garnered numerous BAFTA, Broadcasting Guild and Pye
Television Writer's Awards as well as an ACE Award in the United States and a
Special Award from the Campaign for Freedom of Information. He carried the
series' theme into three novels, which cumulatively sold more than a million
copies in hardback and were on the London Sunday Times top-ten bestseller
list for three years. They are still in print in paperback, twenty years later,
and have been translated into several languages. "Yes. Prime Minister"
will be released in its entirety on DVD in August by BBC Video.
Lynn directed numerous plays in London in the 1970s and 1980s. They include:
"The Glass Menagerie" (1977). working with Tennessee Williams:
"Songbook" (1979), (Society of West End Theatres Award and the Evening
Standard Award for Best Musical): "Anna Christie" (1979-80), at the
Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London: "Pass the Butler"
(1982) by Eric Idle: and Joe Orton's "Loot" (1984). His production
of "Macbeth," featuring Brian Cox, toured the United Kingdom and India
and staged a special performance for then Prime Minister Ghandi. Lynn went on to
direct one of the companies of the National Theatre of Great Britain, which
performed his production of "A Little Hotel on the Side" (Georges
Feydeau, translated by John Mortimer, and "Three Men on a Horse" (Best
Comedy, Society of West End Theatre Awards 1987). His own play
"Collaborators" is set for production in London's West End in 2004.
Currently. Lynn is developing the feature films "American Health,"
"The Pre Nup" and a film based on his 1993 novel "Mayday."
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