Stephen Arthur Frears (born 20 June 1941) is an Jewish film director.
Stephen Arthur Frears was born in Leicester, England to Ruth M., a social worker, and Dr Russell E. Frears, a general practitioner and accountant.
Stephen Arthur Frears did not find out that his mother was Jewish until he was in his late 20s.
After graduating from Cambridge, Frears worked as an assistant director on Morgan! (1966) and if…. (1968), but most of his early directing career was spent in television mainly for the BBC, but also for the commercial sector. He contributed to several high profile anthology series such as the BBC’s Play for Today, and produced a series of Alan Bennett’s plays for LWT, taking responsibility for working in the gallery onThe Old Crowd while Lindsay Anderson worked with the actors.
In the mid-1980s, Frears came to international attention as an important director of British and American films. His first film was Gumshoe (1971), but it was his production of the Hanif Kureishi screenplay My Beautiful Laundrette for Channel 4 in 1985 that unexpectedly led to his wider notice. The production, shot on 16 mm film, was released theatrically to great acclaim, and received a nomination for an Academy Award and two nominations for BAFTA Awards. In 1987, he worked with comedian Adrian Edmondson forMr Jolly Lives Next Door, also starring Peter Cook for a 45-minute programme from the cult series The Comic Strip Presents. In 1985 he had also directed a Comic Strip parody of Rebecca with the usual Comic Strip ensemble.
Frears next directed another successful British film, the Joe Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears (1987), another collaboration with Alan Bennett, which was followed by a second film from a Hanif Kureishiscreenplay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (also 1987). The following year he made his Hollywood debut withDangerous Liaisons. The film was quite successful at the box office. It received numerous nominations for Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards, and Frears himself was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction. Frears had another critical success with The Grifters (1990), for which he was nominated for theAcademy Award for Best Director. His film Hero (1992), starring Dustin Hoffman, was a major box office disappointment. He was also nominated for a Razzie Award for his direction of Mary Reilly (1996).
Frears has since directed a number of successful films in both Britain and America, including The Hi-Lo Country (1998), High Fidelity (2000),Dirty Pretty Things (2003) and Mrs Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. In recent years he has also occasionally returned to directing for television, perhaps most notably The Deal, a dramatised account of the alleged deal between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to decide which of them should become leader of the Labour Party in 1994, for Channel 4 in 2003. His film, The Queen (2006), was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It achieved immense critical acclaim, box office success and awards. He received his second Academy Award nomination for his direction of the film, and Helen Mirren won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Frears has also directed two films based on stories by Roddy Doyle, The Snapper and The Van. He holds the „David Lean Chair in Fiction Direction“ from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England where he teaches frequently.
Stephen Arthur Frears currently lives in London with his wife, the painter Anne Rothenstein, and his two younger children Frankie and Lola. He also has two children, Sam and Will (a stage and film director), from his previous marriage to Mary-Kay Wilmers.
- 1982: Won BAFTA TV Award for best Single Play BBC2 Playhouse: Going Gently (#7.27)
- 1989: Won César Award for Best Foreign Film for Dangerous Liaisons
- 1990: Nominated for Academy Award for Best Director for The Grifters
- 1995: Won Goya Award for Best European Film for The Snapper
- 1996: Nominated for Razzie Award for Worst Director for Mary Reilly
- 1996: Nominated for the Golden Bear in Berlin for Mary Reilly
- 1999: Won Silver Bear for Best Director for The Hi-Lo Country in Berlin.
- 2003: Won BAFTA TV Awards for Best Single Drama for The Deal
- 2006: Nominated for Academy Award for Best Director for The Queen
- 2007: Won Goya Award for Best European Film for The Queen
- 2009: Commandeur de l‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
- Gumshoe (1971)
- Bloody Kids (1979)
- The Hit (1984)
- My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
- Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
- Mr Jolly Lives Next Door (1987)
- Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)
- Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
- The Grifters (1990)
- Hero (1992)
- Mary Reilly (1996)
- The Van (1996)
- The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
- High Fidelity (2000)
- Liam (2000)
- Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
- Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
- The Queen (2006)
- Cheri (2009)
- Tamara Drewe (2010)
- Lay the Favorite (2012)
- Three Men in a Boat (1975)
- Afternoon Off (1979)
- One Fine Day (1979)
- Walter and June (1983)
- Saigon: Year of the Cat (1983)
- December Flower (1984)
- The Snapper (1993)
- Fail Safe (2000)
- The Deal (2003)
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- ^ Hidden Heritage Inspires Director
- ^ „Berlinale: 1996 Programme“. berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
- ^ „Berlinale: 1999 Prize Winners“. berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- ^ „Stephen Frears reçoit les insignes de commandeur des Arts et des Lettres“ (in French). Agence France-Presse. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
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Stephen Arthur Frears ist der Sohn einer jüdischen Sozialarbeiterin und eines Physikers.
Stephen Arthur Frears besuchte die Gresham’s School in Norfolk und ist ein Absolvent der Universität Cambridge, am Trinity College, der in den 1960er Jahren über das Theater zum Film kam. Zunächst war er Regieassistent von Karel Reisz.
In den 1970er Jahren arbeitete Stephen Arthur Frears für das Fernsehen.
Erst sein Film Mein wunderbarer Waschsalon (1985) brachte Stephen Arthur Frears den Durchbruch. Stephen Arthur Frears gilt seitdem als einer der führenden Regisseure des „New British Cinema„. Im Mai 2007 war Frears Vorsitzender der Jury bei den 60.Internationalen Filmfestspielen von Cannes.
Bereits 1991 hatte er eine Oscar-Nominierung als bester Regisseur für das Drama Grifterserhalten, während er auf den Filmfestspielen von Berlin 1999 für Hi-Lo Country – Im Land der letzten Cowboys den Silbernen Bären 1999 für die beste Regie gewann. 2011 wurde Stephen Arthur Frears der Europäische Filmpreis für sein Lebenswerk zuerkannt.
Neben der Arbeit im Film und Fernsehen ist Stephen Arthur Frears Gastdozent im Fach Regie an der britischen National Film and Television School.
Stephen Arthur Frears ist seit 1992 verheiratet und Vater von vier Kindern.
- 1971: Gumshoe
- 1979: Blutige Streiche (Bloody Kids)
- 1983: Walter and June (TV)
- 1984: Späte Blüte (December flower, TV)
- 1984: Die Profikiller (The Hit)
- 1985: Mein wunderbarer Waschsalon (My Beautiful Laundrette)
- 1987: Das stürmische Leben des Joe Orton (Prick Up your Ears)
- 1987: Sammy und Rosie tun es (Sammy and Rosie Get Laid)
- 1988: Gefährliche Liebschaften (Dangerous liaisons)
- 1990: Grifters (The Grifters)
- 1992: Ein ganz normaler Held
- 1993: The Snapper – Hilfe, ein Baby (The Snapper)
- 1994: Bilder in Bewegung – Das Jahrhundert des Kinos (5. Episode)
- 1996: Mary Reilly
- 1996: Fisch & Chips (The Van)
- 1998: Hi-Lo Country – Im Land der letzten Cowboys (The Hi-Lo Country)
- 2000: High Fidelity
- 2000: Liam
- 2000: Fail Safe – Befehl ohne Ausweg (Fail Safe)
- 2002: Kleine schmutzige Tricks (Dirty Pretty Things)
- 2003: Doppelspitze (The Deal, TV)
- 2005: Lady Henderson präsentiert (Mrs. Henderson Presents)
- 2006: Die Queen (The Queen)
- 2009: Chéri
- 2010: Immer Drama um Tamara
- Favorite Tweets From the BAFTA Awards (maryareed.wordpress.com)
- VIDEO: Lifetime award for director Frears (bbc.co.uk)
- Von Trier gets European film gong (bbc.co.uk)
- Bafta Awards 2012: as it happens (telegraph.co.uk)
- Lars von Trier’s Melancholia takes top prize at European film awards (guardian.co.uk)
- Frears‘ The Hit remake dreams realised (hollywood.com)
- First Clip from Stephen Frears‘ LAY THE FAVORITE Starring Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis (collider.com)
- Stephen Frears to Remake His 1984 Film THE HIT (collider.com)
- British films to be pitched as a global brand (guardian.co.uk)
- Trailer trash (guardian.co.uk)
- Photos: BAFTA Awards Red Carpet (abcnews.go.com)
- Sundance to premiere Frears, Spike Lee films (nation.com.pk)
- Spike Lee and Stephen Frears Return to Sundance (nytimes.com)
- Sundance to premiere Lee, Frears and Delpy films (guardian.co.uk)
- And The Best European Film Goes To… (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sundance 2012 Review: LAY THE FAVORITE with Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall (geektyrant.com)