Laurent Tirard grew up admiring American films, such as those by Steven Spielberg. He studied film making at New York University, worked as a script reader for Warner Bros. studios, then became a journalist and worked for the French film magazine Studio for six years.
There, he conducted a series of interviews on film making which have been published as a book under the title Moviemakers' Master Class: Private Lessons from the World's Foremost Directors. From Woody Allen to David Cronenberg, the Coen brothers to Lars Von Trier, all film directors run up against the same essential concerns: how to direct actors, for example, or whether to pre-plan camera angles. In interviewing these and 16 other notable filmmakers, Tirard found notable affinities between seemingly dissimilar directors. The book has also been published in France, Canada, England, Italy, Spain and Brazil.
In 1997, he left the magazine and began writing scripts for film and television, while directing two short films, in 1999 and 2000. He wrote and directed his first feature, The Story of My Life, in 2004, co-wrote the hugely successful Prête-moi ta main (How to Get Married and Stay Single) for Alain Chabat in 2005, then wrote and directed his second film, Molière, the following year. Molière was entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.
He has already filmed an adaptation of the famous French children's book Le petit Nicolas.
- Astérix et Obélix : au service de sa majesté (2012)
- Le Petit Nicolas - 2009 ("Little Nicholas")
- Molière - 2007
- How to Get Married and Stay Single (Prête-moi ta main) - 2006
- Le Plus Beau Jour de Ma Vie - 2004
- The Story of My Life (Mensonges et trahisons et plus si affinités) - 2004
- De Source Sûre - 1999
- Mon Vrai Père - 2004
- Mère, Fille: Mode d'Emploi - 2002
- Ton Tour Viendra - 2002