Mike Figgis

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Mike Figgis in November 2012 at the PlusCamerimage Festival in Bydgoszcz (German: Bromberg), Poland

Michael Lawrence Dundus Figgis (born February 28, 1948 in Carlisle , Cumbria , England ) is a British film director , film composer , screenwriter , producer and actor .


Mike Figgis grew up in Nairobi , from the age of nine in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and studied music in London , where he founded the R&B group The Gas Board , of which Bryan Ferry was a member. He then worked from 1968 in the British music group People Band and the related theater group People Show until 1970 , of which he was a member until the late 1970s. After he was rejected from the National Film and Television School , he founded his own multimedia group, with which he performed three successful shows from 1980. Then Figgis made the 60-minute television film The House (1984) at his own expense , which became his ticket to the commercial film business.

After working on music videos, he made his movie debut in 1988 with Stormy Monday . After his successes with Richard Gere in Internal Affairs - Trust Him, He's a Cop (1990) and Mr. Jones (1993), he received a lot of attention in the remake of The Browning Version (1994).

His best-known film is Leaving Las Vegas from 1995. The gloomy and resolutely (unsent) sentimental portrait of the last days of a drunken writer brought Figgis nominations for best director and best screenplay at the Academy Awards . Nicolas Cage was named best male leading actor. The successor, One Night Stand from 1997, received only moderate reviews. Even with his other films, he has so far not been able to build on the success of his Oscar-winning work.

For the film Timecode Figgis developed a new type of steadicam : a simple wheel with the camera attached in the middle and held like a steering wheel, called FigRig. Manfrotto marketed this product in 2006 in collaboration with Figgis.

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