Stephen Frears

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Stephen Frears (2014)
Stephen Frears (1989)

Stephen Arthur Frears (born June 20, 1941 in Leicester , England ) is a British director and film producer .


Stephen Frears is the son of a Jewish social worker and general practitioner. He attended Gresham's School in Norfolk and graduated from Trinity College of Cambridge University . Frears came to film through the theater in the 1960s, initially as an assistant director to Karel Reisz . He worked for television in the 1970s. It wasn't until his 1985 film My Wonderful Laundromat brought him his breakthrough. Since then he has been considered one of the leading directors of the " New British Cinema ".

In May 2007, Frears was chairman of the jury at the 60th Cannes International Film Festival . In the same year he was nominated for an Oscar for directing the film The Queen about Elizabeth II and the death of Princess Diana . In 1991 he had already received an Oscar nomination for best director for the drama Grifters . In 1999 he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale for Hi-Lo Country . In 2011 Frears was awarded the European Film Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

In addition to his work in film and television, Stephen Frears is visiting professor at the UK's National Film and Television School in directing. He and Mary-Kay Wilmers married in 1968 , they have two sons who grew up with their mother after the divorce, the son Sam has Riley Day Syndrome . Frears has been remarried since 1992.


Bibliographical information

  • Stephen Frears: The Burning . Lindsay Anderson, England 1968
  • Stephen Frears: Saigon: Year of the Cat. Michael Dunlop, David Hare, Verity Lambert. Thames Television, United Kingdom 1983
  • Stephen Frears: Sunset Across the Bay Innes Lloyd. BBC, United Kingdom 26 Oct 2009
  • Stephen Frears: Gumshore. Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK, United Kingdom 20 Sep 2010
  • Kirsten von Hagen: Les Liaisons dangereuses. In: Bohnenkamp, ​​Anne in conjunction with Lang, Tilman (ed.): Literaturverfilmungen. Reclam interpretations . Reclam, Ditzingen in Germany 2012, ISBN 978-3-15-017536-1 , pp. 74-87
  • Stephen Frears: A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears . British Film Institute (BFI), United Kingdom 1994

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