Danny Boyle

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Boyle at the Berlinale 2017

Daniel "Danny" Boyle (born October 20, 1956 in Radcliffe , England ) is a British director , Golden Globe and Oscar winner.


Danny Boyle began his career directing at the Joint Stock Theater Company in London . In 1982 he became director of the renowned Royal Court Theater . In the late 1980s he turned to television and worked on various series as a director and producer .

With two long-time friends, producer Andrew Macdonald and screenwriter John Hodge , he brought the black comedy Little Murders Among Friends to cinemas in 1994 . The film, shot with a relatively small budget of 1.5 million pounds, was able to double that amount in just one month in the UK alone.

The trio then filmed the novel Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh under the German title Trainspotting - Neue Helden . The film about addicts in all its forms became one of the most commercially successful British films of the 1990s. The very revealing portrayal of heroin and drug use led to a heated discussion about the extent to which the film played down drug use.

In 1997 Boyle made his first film in the United States . The comedy Rather Live Unusually , with Ewan McGregor , Cameron Diaz and Holly Hunter in the lead roles, proved to be a flop with audiences and critics alike. His next film The Beach (2000), the adaptation of Alex Garland's 1996 novel The Beach , in which Boyle first renounced Ewan McGregor and Leonardo DiCaprio played his first role after Celebrity (1998), received mostly bad reviews, but was a commercial success.

However, he landed a hit in 2002 with the horror film 28 Days Later , whose script was written by Alex Garland . The fact that Boyle shot this film with digital MiniDV cameras, except for a few scenes, caused a sensation in order to achieve the most realistic possible effect. After the film adaptation of Frank Cottrell Boyce's successful children's book Millions , the science fiction film Sunshine , which hit theaters on April 19, 2007, was the third collaboration with Garland. Sunshine gained critical acclaim, but failed at the box office.

In August 2008, his film Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel in the title role had its successful premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival . The film won numerous critical awards and brought Boyle the awards for best director at the Golden Globe , BAFTA and Academy Awards 2009 . The feature film 127 Hours followed in 2010 . In the drama, Boyle took on the story of mountaineer Aron Ralston (played by James Franco ), who died in a canyon hike in Utah in 2003 and only survived by self-amputating his right arm. The production, in which the Briton again relied on screenwriter Simon Beaufoy , film composer AR Rahman and cameraman Anthony Dod Mantle , earned him Oscar nominations in the categories of film and screenplay in 2011 . Boyle produced and directed the live theater version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , which was broadcast in various cinemas on June 6, 2012 as part of the National Theater Live .

Danny Boyle realized the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as producer and artistic director.

In January 2015, Boyle began filming the biography Steve Jobs, based on a script by Aaron Sorkin . The film with Michael Fassbender in the title role was released in October 2015.

In January 2017, T2 Trainspotting, the sequel to Trainspotting - Neue Helden , was released, in which Boyle was again involved as a director and producer.

In May 2018, the James Bond series production company announced that Boyle was slated to direct the 25th Bond film , which will feature Daniel Craig for the last time in the role of Bond. On August 21, 2018, it was announced that Boyle had left the project due to creative differences.


As a director

As a producer

Performers used multiple times

Similar to Quentin Tarantino , for example , Danny Boyle has worked with various actors several times, with Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle each receiving the most attention, with four collaborations each:

Awards (selection)


  • A conversation with the director Danny Boyle about his cinema thriller "Trance", which is due to start today. Such a film needs a heart. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . August 8, 2013, page 29. (Interview: Bert Rebhandl )

Web links

Commons : Danny Boyle  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Danny Boyle's Frankenstein Returning to American Movie Screens for Two Nights Only in June , accessed May 9, 2012
  2. ^ Danny Boyle at the 2012 Olympics , June 19, 2010
  3. Danny Boyle becomes director of the new 007 at spiegel.de, added June 2, 2018
  4. ^ Danny Boyle Exits James Bond 25 as Director . In: The Hollywood Reporter . ( hollywoodreporter.com [accessed August 21, 2018]).