Richard Bracewell

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Richard Bracewell
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Richard Bracewell directing The Gigolos.
Born (1969-11-28) 28 November 1969 (age 44)
London, England

Richard Bracewell (born 28 November 1969) is an English film director with UK feature film production company Punk Cinema, which he set up in 2004 with co-producer and brother Tony Bracewell.

His first movie The Gigolos stars Susannah York, Anna Massey and Siân Phillips alongside newcomers Sacha Tarter and Trevor Sather. Bracewell wrote the film with Tarter and Sather, and directed and produced the film in London (UK) in 2005. He was also cinematographer on the film. The Gigolos had a limited film release by Punk Cinema on 23 March 2007. The British Film Institute released The Gigolos on DVD in the UK on 9 February 2009. First shown in competition at the American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI FEST) in November 2005, Bracewell attended as one of the New Faces in European Cinema. It subsequently screened at film festivals in Perth (WA), Durango, Newport Beach, Cambridge (UK) and at the Dinard Festival of British Cinema. The film was favourably reviewed by the Los Angeles Timesas "a subtly delightful film". On UK release, the Sunday Telegraph wrote, "Bracewell...subverts your every expectation with each new scene". Although light on drama, the film was acknowledged to have got the most out of a tiny budget.

Bracewell worked previously on short films with writers such as David Wolstencroft and performers such as Al Murray. Before making films, he worked as a cinema usher at the Clapham Picture House in London.

Bracewell was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and New College, Oxford where he directed, co-wrote and performed in the Oxford Revue in 1991.

Cuckoo is Bracewell's second feature, starring Richard E. Grant, Laura Fraser and Tamsin Greig. The film was shot in London in December 2007 and January 2008. Cuckoo is a thriller about sound and lies. It co-stars Antonia Bernath and Adam F.

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