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GUY RITCHIE (Director/Producer/Screenplay/Story) most recently directed the acclaimed blockbusters "Sherlock Holmes" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," starring Robert Downey Jr. as the famed detective and Jude Law as his trusted colleague.

Ritchie brought a fresh perspective to the legendary detective, based on an original story/comic book by Lionel Wigram, inspired by the classic tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The films were produced by Joel Silver, Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin.

Ritchie and Wigram solidified their partnership with the launch of the production company Ritchie/Wigram, in 2011. The company's first feature is "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Ritchie is currently directing an original King Arthur epic, a sweeping fantasy action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law and Eric Bana, from a screenplay by Joby Harold, Ritchie and Lionel Wigram. Ritchie is also producing the film, alongside "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." producers Wigram and Steve Clark-Hall, Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, and Tory Tunnell. The film is slated for release on July 22, 2016.

Ritchie began his career in Britain's film industry in 1993 as a runner on Wardour Street, working his way up to a director of music videos and commercials. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short film, "The Hard Case," about four cockney guys raising money to enter a card game, which formed the basis for his first feature film.

Ritchie made his writing and directing feature film debut with "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels." Made on a modest budget of $1 million and breathing new life into its genre, the film premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, became one of the UK's biggest hits and remains a favorite. Spotlighting Ritchie's knack for casting and discovering talent, the film launched the careers of several actors, including Jason Statham. The London Film Critics Circle named Ritchie the British Screenwriter of the Year for the film, which also received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best British Film.

This was followed by the 2000 hit "Snatch," written and directed by Ritchie, and winning the Empire Award for Best British Director. Set in the London criminal underworld, it featured the ensemble cast of Jason Statham, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Benicio del Toro and Brad Pitt.

In 2002, Ritchie co-wrote and directed "Swept Away," a remake of the 1974 Italian classic "Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agost." The romantic comedy starred Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Bruce Greenwood, Elizabeth Banks and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Ritchie continued to explore new challenges with the edgy "Revolver," with an all-star cast including Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, Mark Strong and Andre Benjamin. He next wrote and directed "RocknRolla." Among the film's accolades, Ritchie won the Best British Film Award at the 2009 Empire Awards, and "RocknRolla" was selected to premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Its stellar cast featured Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Toby Kebbell, Jeremy Piven and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. It was produced by Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Steve Clark-Hall and Ritchie.

In addition to his feature work, Ritchie's diverse directing credits include the short film starring David Beckham, for his H&M line; the short film "Star," featured in Series 1 of the popular BMW series "The Hire"; and the short film for Nike, "Take It to the Next Level," which follows the rise and fame of an up-and-coming Dutch footballer. Featuring the industry's best players, the promo was an ambitious undertaking for Ritchie going on to win a Gold Lion at the 2008 Cannes International Advertising Festival.


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