Pete Travis

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Pete Travis
Born Salford, England
Occupation Television and film director
Years active 1996–present

Pete Travis is an English television and film director. His work includes Cold Feet (1999), The Jury (2002) and Omagh (2004) for television and Vantage Point (2008), Endgame (2009) and Dredd (2012) for cinema.

Career[edit]

Before becoming a director, Pete Travis was a social worker. After taking a post-graduate course in film-making he bought the film rights to Nick Hornby's Faith for £12,000. A producer invested the same amount in the film and Faith premiered at the London Film Festival on 11 November 1997. Comparing Faith to other unsuccessful football films, Travis told The Guardian, "I think the secret of making a good football film is not to have any football in it [...] Football is so much about the passion of its supporters, and you cannot portray that by showing 11 guys running around. Faith is more about the spirit of football than the sport.[1]

Travis became interested in film-making late in life, inspired by Alan Clarke, Costa Gavras and Frank Capra.[2][3] His second short, an adaptation of Anne Fine's Bill's New Frock (1998), won the ScreenScene Award for Best Short Film or Video at the 1998 Atlantic Film Festival.[4] Faith lead to direction work on the ITV series The Bill, Cold Feet and The Jury.

In 2003, Paul Greengrass sent Travis the script to Omagh—a dramatisation of the Omagh bombing that he co-wrote with Guy Hibbert—after seeing his work on The Jury and Henry VIII.[2] The Channel 4/RTÉ television film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2004, where it won the Discovery Award.[5] The next year it won the British Academy Television Award for Best Single Drama, which Travis shared with the producers.[6] He was also nominated for the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Film Director.[7]

His first studio film, Vantage Point, opened in the United States in February 2008 to the number one box office spot.[8] Another film, Endgame, about the end of apartheid in South Africa, had its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[9] In June 2009, he signed on to direct Come Like Shadows, a reworking of Shakespeare's Macbeth.[10] The following year he signed on to direct Dredd, a film adaptation of the Judge Dredd comics character.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Description
1996 Faith Director Short subject
1997 The Bill Director 1 episode of television series:
  • "Rift"
1998 Bill's New Frock Director Short subject
1999 Cold Feet Director 2 episodes of television series:
  • Series 2, Episode 5
  • Series 2, Episode 6
2000 Other People's Children Director Television serial
2002 The Jury Director Television serial
2003 Henry VIII Director Two-part television film
2004 Omagh Director Television film
2008 Vantage Point Director Feature film
2009 Endgame Director Television film with limited theatrical release
2012 Dredd Director Feature film
2013 Legacy Director BBC Two film

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Toronto International Film Festival Discovery Award Omagh Won
2005 British Academy Television Award Best Single Drama Omagh Won
2005 Irish Film and Television Award Best Film Director Omagh Nominated
2005 Director's Guild of Great Britain Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Movie/Miniseries Omagh Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Veronica (1 November 1996). "Why sport fails its screen test". The Guardian (Guardian Newwpapers): p. 64.
  2. ^ a b Carnevale, Rob (5 March 2008). "Vantage Point - Pete Travis interview". IndieLondon. Retrieved on 5 March 2008.
  3. ^ Frosty (5 February 2009). "Director Pete Travis Exclusive Video Interview Endgame". Collider.com. Retrieved on 20 April 2009.
  4. ^ Swedko, Pamela (5 October 1998). "Extraordinary Visitor takes Atlantic fest". Playback (Brunico Communications).
  5. ^ Staff (24 September 2004). "Omagh Film Wins Festival Honour". Northern Ireland Screen. Retrieved on 2 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Television Nominations 2004". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved on 2 March 2008.
  7. ^ "The Irish Film & Television Awards 2004" (.pdf). Irish Film and Television Academy. Retrieved on 2 March 2008.
  8. ^ Reynolds, Simon (25 February 2008). "'Vantage Point' leads US box office". Digital Spy. Retrieved on 2 March 2008.
  9. ^ McCarthy, Todd (4 December 2008). "More star power at Sundance". Variety (Reed Business Information).
  10. ^ Kilday, Gregg (22 June 2009). "Modern Macbeth lands director". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media).
  11. ^ Moody, Mike (14 May 2010). "'Judge Dredd' to film this fall". Digital Spy. Retrieved on 18 May 2010.

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