6 January 1954|
Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
|Died||18 March 2008
Hammersmith, London, England
|Other names||Anthony Minghella CBE|
|Occupation||Director, producer, screenwriter, actor|
Anthony Minghella, CBE (6 January 1954 – 18 March 2008) was a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007.
He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The English Patient (1996), which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Film and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
Early life 
Minghella was born in Ryde, Isle of Wight, the son of Gloria (née Arcari) and Edward Minghella, ice cream factory owners. His father was an Italian immigrant and his mother was born in Leeds, to an Italian family; her ancestors originally came from Valvori, a small village in the Lazio region of central Italy.
Minghella attended Sandown Grammar School and St. John's, Portsmouth. He graduated from the University of Hull, where he completed undergraduate and postgraduate courses, but eventually abandoned his doctoral thesis.
His first piece of produced work was a 1975 stage adaptation of Gabriel Josipovici's Mobius the Stripper and it was his 1985 piece Whale Music that kickstarted his career. He made his directorial debut with a double bill of Samuel Beckett's Play and Happy Days. His first feature film as a director was A Little Like Drowning in 1978.
During the 1980s, he worked in television, starting as a runner on Magpie before moving into script editing the children's drama series Grange Hill for the BBC and later writing The Storyteller series for Jim Henson. He also wrote several episodes of the ITV detective drama Inspector Morse and an episode of long-running ITV drama Boon. His 1986 play Made in Bangkok found mainstream success in the West End.
Minghella won radio success with a Giles Cooper Award for his radio drama Cigarettes and Chocolate[dead link] first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1988. It was revived on 3 May 2008 as a tribute to its author director following his death. His production starred Juliet Stevenson, Bill Nighy and Jenny Howe. His first radio play Hang Up, starring Anton Lesser and Juliet Stevenson, was revived on 10 May 2008 as part of the BBC Radio 4 Minghella season.
Minghella's 1990 feature Truly, Madly, Deeply, a drama he had written and directed for the BBC's Screen Two anthology strand, bypassed its expected TV broadcast and received a cinema release. In order to make the film, he had turned down an offer to direct another episode of Inspector Morse, which he had thought would be a much higher-profile assignment.
The pilot episode of the television adaptation of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which he co-wrote and directed, was broadcast on BBC One shortly after his death on 23 March 2008; it was watched by 6.3 million viewers.
He directed a party election broadcast for the Labour Party in 2005. The short film depicted Tony Blair and Gordon Brown working together and was criticised for being insincere: "The Anthony Minghella party political broadcast last year was full of body language fibs", said Peter Collett, a psychologist at the University of Oxford. "When you are talking to me, I'll give you my full attention only if I think you are very high status or if I love you. On that party political broadcast, they are staring at each other like lovers. It is completely false."
Minghella made his operatic debut directing Puccini's Madama Butterfly. It was first seen at the English National Opera in London in 2005, at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius in March 2006 and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in September 2006. The Met's production has been transmitted live into movie theaters worldwide on March 7, 2008 part of the Met's HD series and is now available on DVD. The Anthony Minghella Theatre at the Quay Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight is named in his honour. Minghella also made an appearance in the 2007 film Atonement, playing a television host interviewing the novelist whose role was central to the story. Minghella died the day the film was released on DVD.
Minghella's last work was the screenplay of the film adaptation of the 1982 Tony Award-winning musical Nine, based on the film 8½, book by Arthur Kopit, score by Maury Yeston. Minghella worked with Michael Tolkin on the screenplay, with whom he shared credit.
Personal life 
Minghella was married to Hong Kong–born choreographer Carolyn Choa. His brother, Dominic Minghella, is the creator of the popular British television series Doc Martin, and a scriptwriter. Minghella's son, Max, is an actor. His daughter Hannah worked as a production assistant on The Talented Mr. Ripley, and is currently President of Sony Pictures Animation. His sister Loretta is Director of Christian Aid, his sister Edana participated in a jazz event on the Isle of Wight, and his nephew Dante is one of the participants in Channel 4's Child Genius series.
He was a big Portsmouth fan and appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Hallowed Be Thy Game. His home had two double bedrooms dedicated to the display of Portsmouth memorabilia dating back to the club's founding in 1898.
||A Little Like Drowning|
||Truly, Madly, Deeply||
||The English Patient||
||The Talented Mr. Ripley||
||Breaking and Entering|
||The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency|
|The Quiet American||Executive Producer|
||The Interpreter||Executive Producer|
||Catch a Fire|
|Breaking and Entering|
||Michael Clayton||Executive Producer|
||The Reader||Nominated for an Academy Award posthumously|
|The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency|
|Love You More|
||A Little Like Drowning||Eduardo|
Selected plays 
- Whale Music (New End Theatre, Hampstead, June 1981); revived for radio, BBC Radio 4, 10 May 2008
- Two Planks And A Passion (Greenwich Theatre, November 1984)
- A Little Like Drowning (Hampstead Theatre, July 1984)
- Made in Bangkok (West End debut as a playwright, Aldwych Theatre. 18 March 1986, director Michael Blakemore)
- Hang Up (radio play for BBC Radio 4,1987)
- Cigarettes and Chocolate (60-minute radio play for BBC Radio 4, 1988)
- Eyes Down Looking (Beckett 100th Birthday tribute, radio play for BBC Radio 3, 1 April 2006)
- 1984 Plays and Players: Critics Award – Most Promising Playwright for A Little Like Drowning
- 1986 Plays and Players: Critics Award – Best New Play for Made in Bangkok
- 1988 Giles Cooper Award for the radio play Cigarettes and Chocolate
- 1992 BAFTA Film Award – Best original screenplay for Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990)
- 1997 Academy Award – Best director for The English Patient (1996)
- 1997 BAFTA Film Award – Best film for The English Patient (1996) (shared with Saul Zaentz)
- 1997 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award – Best Director and Best Screenplay for The English Patient (1996)
- 1997 Directors Guild of America Award – Outstanding Achievement in Motion Pictures for The English Patient (1996)
- 1997 Satellite Award - Best Adapted Screenplay for The English Patient (1996)
- 1999 National Board of Review Award – Best Director for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
- 2003 National Board of Review Award – Best Adapted Screenplay for Cold Mountain (2003)
- 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production for the English National Opera production of Madama Butterfly
- Theatre Record and its indexes for play production dates and awards
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- Koek, Ariane (1 April 2006). "BBC – Radio 3 – The Verb – Beckett centenary". BBC. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- David S. Cohen and Tatiana Siegel (14 March 2008). "Osher named Sony Digital president". Variety. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- "Christian Aid About Us". Retrieved 1 November 2010.
- Anthony Minghella portsmouthfc.co.uk, Official site, 18 March 2008
- Oliver Duff, Pandora: Director's dream for Pompey The Independent, 19 March 2008
- Oscar-winner Minghella dies after cancer op
- Carr, David (18 March 2008). "Anthony Minghella, Director, Dies at 54.". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008.
- Set in 1392, the play by Anthony Minghella hilariously recounts the citizens of York staging a medieval production of the Mystery Plays, ready for King Richard II and Queen Anne’s visit to the city. Suddenly the entire community of York explodes in a fever of affectation, expense and comical posturing, as rival guilds battle it out to impress the royal party with their wagon plays.
- Anthony Minghella at the Internet Movie Database
- Media Masterclass with Anthony Minghella on Directing Film
- Anthony Minghella: A Life in Pictures, BAFTA webcast, 2 December 2006
- Anthony Minghella interview with stv, November 2006
- "About Anthony", Minghella Film Festival, Isle of Wight
- Anthony Minghella – Obituary and public tribute
- Anthony Minghella, a brother to all he met by Dominic Minghella, 24 March 2008
- An Appreciation of Anthony Minghella by Charlie Rose, 24 March 2008
- Anthony Minghella, my teacher, my friend, by Harvey Weinstein, The Times, 10 April 2008
- Anthony Minghella remembered by Jude Law, The Observer, Sunday 14 December 2008
- Minghella musical discovered, BBC Humberside.
- Minghella Movie Marathon, BBC, updated 25 March 2009, accessed 22 July 2009.
- Minghella Movie Marathon, at British Film Institute, accessed 22 July 2009.
- More stars join Minghella marathon, iwcp.co.uk, 4 March 2009, accessed 22 July 2009.
- Anthony Minghella's family celebrates his memory with film festival, Syma Tariq, The Guardian, 12 March 2009, accessed 22 July 2009.