Reg Traviss

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Reg Traviss
Born (1977-02-12) 12 February 1977 (age 37)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2000–present
Partner(s) Amy Winehouse (2010–2011)

Reginald Stephen Traviss (born February 1977 in London, England) is a British film director and writer. Traviss came to public attention in the UK in 2006 with the theatrical release of his debut feature film Joy Division which starred Ed Stoppard, Bernard Hill, Tom Schilling, Bernadette Heerwagen and Ricci Harnett. Traviss followed up his World War Two drama with Psychosis a psychological thriller, released worldwide by Lionsgate in 2010, which starred Charisma Carpenter, Ricci Harnett and Justin Hawkins, lead singer of rock group The Darkness. Traviss directed Screwed, a prison drama based on the 2008 book Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, by a former prison guard writing under the pseudonym Ronnie Thompson. The film, released theatrically in the UK in June 2011, starred Noel Clarke, James D'Arcy, Frank Harper and Kate Magowan.

Early career[edit]

Traviss began making short films in the late 1990s. His first production, in 1996, was sponsored in part by The Prince's Trust. In 2000 he started work as an Idents and Promos director for the BBC's BBC Choice TV station, then in February 2003 he co-founded feature film production company Kingsway Films.

Films[edit]

From 2003 to 2005 Traviss worked on his directorial debut for the big screen Joy Division, a fictionalised biopic which he wrote with Rosemary Mason, based on real life events set in the last months of World War II and the early years of the Cold War.[1] The film was co-produced by German production company Dreamtool Entertainment and Traviss' company Kingsway Films on a budget of $6,000,000. The film starred an ensemble of German, British and Hungarian actors including the rising European stars Tom Schilling and Bernadette Heerwagen, British actor Ed Stoppard, television actress and pop singer Michelle Gayle, alongside veteran big screen performers Bernard Hill and Suzanne von Borsody and was filmed in London, Canada, Hungary, Germany and Slovakia. The story was influenced by the bestselling books Berlin: The Downfall 1945 by Antony Beevor and Armageddon by Max Hastings. Joy Division was received at the Copenhagen International Film Festival in September 2006 and was released in theatres in the UK, Germany, New Zealand and Australia from 2006 to late 2007. The film received good reviews by critics[2][3][4] and Film Review magazine in 2007 named Traviss as one of the UK's most promising new filmmakers. The film also attracted the attention of wider review and debate within the cultural press.[5]

In 2008 to 2009 Traviss worked on his second film Psychosis, a psychological-thriller and homage in the style of cult British chillers Hammer House of Horror and Tales of the Unexpected.[6][7][8][9] The story was a reworking of the segment Dreamhouse from the Michael Armstrong film Screamtime, and starred Charisma Carpenter in the lead role, supported by Ricci Harnett, Paul Sculfor and rock singer Justin Hawkins.[10] The film premiered in 2010 at the 'Home of Cult British Horror' Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London. In 2010 Traviss directed Screwed, the film adaptation of Ronnie Thompson's bestselling Prison Officer's memoir Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, by Headline Publishing about an ex-British soldier who returns from Iraq to take job in one of England's toughest jails only to find that the Officers are more corrupt than the convicts.[11] Screwed was released in theatres across the UK in June 2011 and starred acclaimed actors Noel Clarke and James D'Arcy alongside tough guy actors Frank Harper and Jamie Foreman[12][13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Between 2008 to 2010, Traviss was in a relationship with Suicide Girls burlesque dancer Raven Isis Holt, who featured in his 2010 film Psychosis.

Traviss was in a relationship with singer Amy Winehouse from early 2010 until her death on 23 July 2011.[15] A mutual friend of the pair had introduced them to each other in 2009 (Mitch Winehouse wrote in his book Amy My Daughter that Amy and Reg met at a bar owned by Reg's family. There is no mention of a mutual friend introducing them). According to media reports and a biography written by Winehouse's father, Traviss and Winehouse had planned to marry and intended to have children.[16]

On 10 December 2012, Traviss appeared at Southwark Crown Court accused of twice raping a friend as she slept on 31 December 2011.[17] On 13 December 2012, Traviss was found not guilty after it was proven in court that the woman had lied.[18][19][20]

Filmography[edit]

Feature Films

Year Film Notes Credited as UK Distributor
2011 Screwed Director Lionsgate Films
2010 Psychosis Director, writer Lionsgate Films
2006 Joy Division Feature film debut Director, writer Momentum Pictures

Short Films

Year Film Notes Credited as
2003 JD Pilot Momentum Pictures (DVD extras release) Director
2000 Apocalyptic Adventure on the Eastern Frontier Edinburgh International Film Festival (Videotech) Director

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joy Division Official Promo". IMDb. 2005. 
  2. ^ "Joy Division A Film Divided". 2007 Lumiere New Zealand. 
  3. ^ Czech and Slovak Film Database, 2008 "Czech and Slovak Film Database" 
  4. ^ "Joy Division review by Sam Toy". November 2006 Empire. 
  5. ^ "A Subject For Sympathy Germany's Rehabilitation". London. 17 November 2006 The Independent, Reg Traviss interview. 
  6. ^ "Psychosis A Homage to Hammer House of Horror". June 2010 Static Mass. 
  7. ^ "Psychosis behind the scenes with Reg Traviss". September 2010 Static Mass Emporium. 
  8. ^ "Reg Traviss Fear Division". July 2010 Total SciFi. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Reg Traviss Director of Psychosis". March 2012 Watching Horror Films Behind the Couch. 
  10. ^ "Psychosis Official US Trailer". 2010 IMDb. 
  11. ^ "Screwed Official Trailer". 2011 IMDb. 
  12. ^ Movie Review Screwed, December 2012 The Critical Critics US 
  13. ^ Reg Traviss Interview Love Film, 7 June 2011 Love Film 
  14. ^ Reg Traviss Review, 14 October 2011 Little White Lies 
  15. ^ Cable, Simon (2 June 2010). "Revealed, the clean cut new boyfriend who may tame Amy Winehouse". Daily Mail (London). 
  16. ^ "Amy Winehouse and Reg Traviss would have married". 12 September 2011 Digital Spy. 
  17. ^ "Film director Reg Traviss 'raped sleeping woman'". BBC news website. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Reg Traviss, film director, cleared of rape". BBC news website. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  19. ^ Gye, Hugo (13 December 2012). "crazy rape trial was like runaway train". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Reg Traviss speaks out ITV Day Break". Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

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