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Joe Wright

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 23 September 2012

Michael Berkeley's guest is the young British film director Joe Wright, whose 'Pride and Prejudice' (2005), starring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen won four major awards including a BAFTA and an Empire Award, while 'Atonement' (2007), based on Ian McEwan's acclaimed novel and starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Romola Garai, was nominated for an Oscar and won a BAFTA, an Empire Award, and a Golden Globes.

Born in London, where his parents founded and ran the Little Angel puppet theatre in Islington, Joe took a degree in fine art and film at Central St Martins, and began his career making drama serials for the BBC, including Bodily Harm with Timothy Spall, Charles II: The Power and the Passion, with Rufus Sewell, which won a BAFTA., and Nature Boy, which was nominated for Best Drama Serial at the 2001 BAFTAS. he also directed the multi-award-winning TV drama Bob and Rose.

Joe Wright's subsequent films include The Soloist, starring Robert Downey jnr; and Hanna, starring Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana and Saoirse Ronan. His latest release is Anna Karenina, adapted by Tom Stoppard from Tolstoy's novel, and starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

He is married to international sitar star Anoushka Shankar.


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