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Tom Hooper
A man in a grey suit with a blue shirt looks down to his right while smiling.
Born Thomas George Hooper
(1972-10-05) 5 October 1972 (age 41)
London, England
Nationality British, Australian
Education Highgate School
Westminster School
Alma mater University College, Oxford
Occupation Director, producer, writer
Years active 1990–present

Thomas George "Tom" Hooper (born 5 October 1972)[1] is a British film and television director of English and Australian background.[n 1] Hooper began making short films at the age of 13, and had his first professional short, Painted Faces, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992. At Oxford University Hooper directed plays and television commercials. After graduating, he directed episodes of Quayside, Byker Grove, EastEnders and Cold Feet.

Into the 2000s, Hooper directed the major BBC costume dramas Love in a Cold Climate (2001) and Daniel Deronda (2002), and was selected to helm the 2003 revival of ITV's Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren. Hooper made his feature film debut with Red Dust (2004), a British drama starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, before directing Helen Mirren again in the Company Pictures/HBO Films historical drama Elizabeth I (2005). He continued working for HBO on the television film Longford (2006) and in John Adams (2008), a seven-part serial on the life of the American president. Hooper returned to features with The Damned United (2009), a fact-based film about the English football manager Brian Clough (played by Michael Sheen). The following year saw the release of the historical drama The King's Speech (2010), starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, which was met with critical acclaim. Hooper's next film was Les Misérables (2012), which featured an all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

Hooper's work was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Prime Suspect and John Adams, won one for Elizabeth I, and was nominated for the British Academy (BAFTA) TV Craft Award for Best Director for Longford. The King's Speech won multiple awards, including Best Director wins for Hooper from the Directors Guild of America and the Academy Awards, and a Best Director nomination from BAFTA.

Early life[edit]

Tom Hooper was born in London, England, in 1972, to Meredith and Richard Hooper.[1] Meredith was an Australian author and academic and Richard was an English media businessman. Hooper was educated at Highgate School and Westminster School.[4] His initial interest in drama was triggered by his English and drama teacher at Highgate, former Royal Shakespeare Company actor Roger Mortimer, who produced an annual school play.[5]

At the age of 12, Hooper read a book entitled How to Make Film and Television and decided he wanted to become a director.[4][5] For the next year Hooper researched filmmaking from publications such as On Camera by Harris Watts.[5] Aged 13, he made his first film, entitled Runaway Dog, using a clockwork 16mm Bolex camera his uncle had given to him.[4] Hooper said: "The clockwork would run out after thirty seconds, so the maximum shot length was thirty seconds. I could only afford a hundred feet of Kodachrome reversal film, which cost about twenty-five [pounds], and you had to send off for two weeks to be processed. I could only make silent movies, because sound was too expensive and complicated."[6] He slowed down the frame rate of the camera so he could maximise what little film stock he had.[5] Hooper classified the short, about a dog which kept running away from its owner, as a comedy, and filmed it on location in Oxfordshire.[7]

When Hooper was 14, his film Bomber Jacket came runner-up in a BBC younger filmmakers' competition.[6] The short starred Hooper's brother as a boy who discovers a bomber jacket and a photograph hidden in a cupboard and learns his grandfather died in World War II.[2] Another of Hooper's short films, entitled Countryside, depicts a nuclear holocaust.[n 2][6]

Hooper finished school aged 16, then wrote the script for his first professional short film, entitled Painted Faces. He spent the next two years raising capital for the short by courting advertisement directors, whose financial dominance during the late 1980s was noticed by Hooper. Director Paul Weiland invested in the short, which provided Hooper with the equipment he needed. After two years of financing and production, Painted Faces was completed. Hooper wrote, produced, directed and edited it.[5] It was sold to Channel 4 and broadcast on the channel's First Frame strand in 1992, had a screening at the 35th London Film Festival and had a limited theatrical release.[4][5]

After taking a gap year to finance Painted Faces, Hooper read English at University College, Oxford.[4][9] He joined the Oxford University Dramatic Society, where he directed Kate Beckinsale in A View From the Bridge and Emily Mortimer in The Trial. Hooper also had his first paid directing work, earning £200 for a corporate Christmas video, and he directed his first television advertisements, including one for Sega featuring Right Said Fred.[5][10] He continues to direct advertisements alongside television and film projects. In 1996 he joined the commercial production company John S. Clarke Productions and in 2001 he signed with Infinity Productions.[11][12][n 3]

Career[edit]

BBC and ITV productions[edit]

After graduating from Oxford, Hooper directed further television commercials, intending to break into the film industry the same way Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Hugh Hudson did.[4][16] He was introduced by his father to the television producer Matthew Robinson, who mentored Hooper and gave him his first television directing work.[4][5] For Robinson, Hooper directed episodes of the short-lived Tyne Tees Television soap opera Quayside in 1997, four episodes of the Children's BBC television series Byker Grove in the same year, and his first episodes of the BBC One soap opera EastEnders in 1998.[4][17]

Hooper directed several EastEnders episodes between 1998 and 2000, two of which were hour-long specials that represented the soap when it won the British Academy Television Award for Best Soap Opera in 2000 and 2001;[4] the first was the episode in which Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) learns her daughter Bianca (Patsy Palmer) had an affair with her fiancé Dan Sullivan (Craig Fairbrass). The Jackson episode marked the beginning of a week of episodes that lead to Palmer's departure from the soap, and Robinson had hired Hooper to direct the key episodes of that storyline.[18] Hooper worked 10-hour days on EastEnders, and learned to direct with speed.[10] He was influenced in his early career by the cinematic style of American TV series such as ER, NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life on the Street and tried to work that style into his EastEnders episodes; one scene featuring Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp) involved a crane shot, which Hooper believes made him infamous among the EastEnders production crew.[19]

In 1999, Hooper directed two episodes of Granada Television's comedy-drama television series Cold Feet, which marked his move to bigger-budget productions.[20] There was initially concern at Granada that Hooper might be an unsuitable director for the series given his background in drama.[4]

In 2000, Hooper directed his first of two costume dramas for the BBC; Love in a Cold Climate was based on Nancy Mitford's novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. Hooper, the writer Deborah Moggach, and the producer Kate Harwood researched the period details of the production by interviewing Nancy's sister Deborah.[21] In 2002, Hooper directed Daniel Deronda, adapted from George Eliot's novel. Filming ran for 11 weeks from May to August on locations in England, Scotland and Malta.[22] Hooper said of the production, "The thing I like about this tale is that it's not at all your conventional costume drama; it's far more complex and looks at aspects of love, loss and religion."[23] The Guardian's Mark Lawson said of Hooper's two costume dramas, "he brought verve and intelligence to television's most conservative form".[24]

Hooper returned to Granada the next year to direct the revival of Prime Suspect, entitled The Last Witness. The two-part serial was the first Prime Suspect instalment to be made since 1995, when star Helen Mirren quit. Hooper initially declined to direct the production because he believed the series was tired. Granada's head of drama Andy Harries introduced Hooper to Mirren, who persuaded him to take the job by promising that he could make the serial his own way.[4][20] The two-part serial was broadcast on the ITV network in November 2003. Hooper's direction received praise from Andrew Billen in the New Statesman: "Tom Hooper proved an outstanding director, imposing a bleak, overlit hyper-realism on the search for a killer in a hospital, isolating Mirren in rows of empty chairs and playing on the eyewitness/optical visual metaphors."[25] The serial was also broadcast on PBS in the United States. Hooper received nominations for the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Serial and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for his work on Prime Suspect.[26][27]

Film debut and HBO works[edit]

Hooper made his debut as a feature film director with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission drama Red Dust (2004), which stars Hilary Swank, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jamie Bartlett. The film was not widely seen, which Hooper attributed to media coverage of torture during the Iraq War: "When I started making it you could watch the movie with a wonderful sense of 'we'd never do it in our own country…they're the horrible people but it's not us.' By the time the film came out (there were) these revelations that the Americans were torturing, the British were torturing. The film became a lot more uncomfortable for the very audiences it was designed to target. I have learned that sadly the theatrical audience does not run to see films that are openly issue led."[20] The premiere of the film in the United Kingdom came on BBC Two in 2005, making it eligible for the BAFTA Television Awards; it was nominated in the Best Single Drama category at the 2006 ceremony.[28]

In 2005, Hooper was asked by Helen Mirren to direct the Company Pictures/HBO Films two-part serial Elizabeth I, in which she was starring.[29] The serial won Hooper his first Emmy Award, for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special.[4] In January 2006, Hooper commenced filming the Granada/HBO television film Longford.[30] The film dramatises the failed efforts of Lord Longford (played by Jim Broadbent) to secure the release from prison of Moors murderer Myra Hindley (played by Samantha Morton). Hooper first met with the writer Peter Morgan about the production in 2005 and the film was broadcast on Channel 4 in October 2006.[31] Seb Morton-Clark for the Financial Times called Longford one of the most accomplished television dramas of 2006, and praised the writer and director: "Morgan and director Tom Hooper wove a seamless narrative about obsession – and not just that of the misguided philanthropist for the incarcerated Hindley or even that that existed between the sadistic lovers themselves. More significantly, by using chunks of original television footage, they painted a stark picture of the zealotry of a vengeful nation and its press over the supposed embodiment of evil."[32] Hooper's continued successes led him to be ranked at number four in the Directors category of Broadcast magazine's annual Hot 100.[33] The following year he was nominated for the British Academy Television Craft Award for Best Director for Longford.[34]

Elizabeth I and Longford led directly to Hooper being selected by Tom Hanks to direct the epic miniseries John Adams for Playtone and HBO. Hooper had been working on a biographical film with Joan Didion about Katharine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post, since 2006 when he was asked by Hanks to helm the programme.[35][n 4] The miniseries, starring Paul Giamatti as John Adams, was based on David McCullough's Adams biography and was Hooper's first wholly American production.[37] He was surprised to learn that the American Revolutionary War was not a well-documented period in film and television; Abigail Adams actress Laura Linney told him that, for her generation, the musical 1776 was the most well-known depiction of the era.[38] He worked on the miniseries for a total of 16 months; principal photography lasted 110 days on locations in the United States, France, England and Hungary and he controlled a $100 million budget.[39] The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert complimented Hooper's style of direction in the first two episodes "Join or Die" and "Independence":

Director Tom Hooper lets his actors shine, as he did so marvelously in Helen Mirren's Elizabeth I and the child-killer drama Longford, but he complements them, too, with this kind of immediate point of view. And when he does give us panoramic shots from afar – of the Adams farm in Braintree, for example – they're askew, to keep us out of the classroom mode. At the end of episode 2 [...] Hooper showcases all his directorial strength with one bold choice. When the long-fretting Congress finally decides to break with Britain, he refrains from using any visual or aural tweaks. Upon the announcement, "The resolution carries," the scene remains perfectly silent for one long moment. The terror of responsibility hangs heavily in the room, while a victorious soundtrack surely would have chased it away.[40]

John Adams received 23 Emmy Award nominations, including another Outstanding Direction nomination for Hooper, and won 13, the highest number for any nominee in a single year.[41] He was also nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.[42] At the beginning of 2009, he was profiled for The Observer's film Hotlist.[43]

Independent feature films[edit]

Hooper directing The King's Speech on location in 2010

The wake of John Adams' Emmy wins brought offers to Hooper from studios to direct spy and comic book films, which he declined.[44] In November 2007, he signed on to direct The Damned United, reuniting him with Peter Morgan and Andy Harries. The film was an adaptation of David Peace's novel The Damned Utd, a fictional version of the 44 turbulent days English football manager Brian Clough spent as manager of Leeds United. It was originally developed by Stephen Frears for Michael Sheen to play Clough. Frears quit the project after he was unable to translate the book to film.[45] Hooper received a copy of the script while shooting John Adams in Hungary and noticed a similarity between the "egotistical, flawed, brilliant" Adams and the "egotistical, flawed, brilliant" Clough.[46] He was not put off by joining the project later, as Morgan's script was in only its first draft.[20] During pre-production, Hooper engaged in meticulous research, particularly on the locations and the football grounds of the era. He cast Timothy Spall as Clough's assistant Peter Taylor, Colm Meaney as Don Revie and Jim Broadbent as Derby County chairman Sam Longson.[47] During editing, it was decided to make the tone of the film lighter in order to attract audiences and to appease the real people depicted in the film. The Damned United was released in 2009.[46][48]

Work on Hooper's next film, The King's Speech, began in the same year. Hooper explained: "It was a stage play, and my mother who's Australian was invited to a fringe [theatre] reading in London because she's part of the Australian community. The play's about the relationship between King George the Sixth and his Australian speech therapist. She came back and said 'you've got to read this play,' and I read it and it was brilliant ...".[20] Hooper cast Colin Firth as George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue and spent three weeks with the actors reading the script and rehearsing.[49] Principal photography took place on location around the UK from November 2009 to January 2010.[50] During editing, Hooper continued to consult with Firth and Rush by sending them cuts of the film and listening to their feedback.[49]

Hooper completed the final cut of the film at the end of August 2010 and presented it a few days later at the Telluride Film Festival.[51] The film won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and Hooper won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.[52][53] In February 2011, he was presented with the Academy Award for Best Director, though lost the BAFTA Award for Best Direction to David Fincher.[54][55] In comparing the two films, Variety's Adam Dawtrey wrote, "Hooper's 2009 film The Damned United didn't register among awards selectors, but King's Speech is a much more personal project. His Anglo-Australian parentage reflects the culture clash at the heart of the movie, and it pays off with beautifully crafted, crowd-pleasing drama."[56]

Studio films and development projects[edit]

Following the success of The King's Speech during the awards season, Hooper joined the 15-person board of governors at the British Film Institute, was invited to join the directors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was ranked at number 19 in The Times' British Film Power 100.[57][58][59]

Hooper directing the second unit of Les Misérables on location in Winchester, April 2012

He was offered the chance to direct Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios but declined and instead signed on to direct Les Misérables for Working Title Films, which he had first heard about while discussing a different project with screenwriter William Nicholson in 2010. Hooper had not seen the musical, so watched a performance of it in London's West End.[60][61] Adapted from the musical, the film starred Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Eddie Redmayne. As the film required the actors to sing and dance, they were auditioned in front of Hooper, producers and composers.[61] The role of Fantine was hugely contested; Hooper said, "It was like half a dozen of the biggest female movie stars on the planet wanted to play the role".[62]

Filming started in February 2012.[63] Hooper investigated filming the feature in 3D, and performed some camera tests before deciding to film it with traditional 2D methods. He stated "[...] I slightly worry with 3D that some people will physically struggle with it. If you have a certain type of eyesight it can be more demanding than watching a normal movie."[64] Unlike other musical films, Les Misérables features the actors singing live on camera, rather than miming to backing vocals. Hooper told the Los Angeles Times that he thought there was a "slightly strange falseness" when he saw musical films where the actors sang to recordings. The actors wore wireless earpieces on set so they could sing to accompanying piano music. Hooper believed this method allowed the actors to have emotional control over their songs: "When Annie [Hathaway, who plays Fantine] is singing 'I Dreamed a Dream,' if she needs to take a tenth of a second to have a thought before she sings it, or to have an emotion before she sings a line, she can take it."[65] The actors also performed their songs in recitative style, which Hooper likened to being immersed in a 3D film.[61]

The final cut of the film was completed on 21 November 2012, ahead of the film's first screening on 23 November. The Hollywood Reporter named the film a contender for the 85th Academy Awards.[66] It was released in North America on 25 December 2012.[67]

In March 2009, Hooper met with Nelson Mandela in preparation for directing a film adaptation of Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Producer Anant Singh had been impressed with his direction of Red Dust.[46][68] Hooper did not expect to begin work on the film until 2012 due to the availability of his intended cast, however, by that time he was no longer part of the project.[69][70] He has also expressed an interest in directing the next feature for Bedlam Productions, the studio of The King's Speech; The Lady Who Went Too Far will be written by David Seidler and produced by Gareth Unwin, and based on the Lady Hester Stanhope biography Star of the Morning.[71]

Hooper was the President of the Jury at the 2013 Shanghai International Film Festival.

Directing style[edit]

Hooper adopted a style of framing actors at the extreme edge of a scene in both The Damned United (top) and The King's Speech (bottom)

Hooper uses camera styles "that encode the DNA of the storytelling in some way" and will reuse and develop filming styles in successive productions.[72] Hooper identifies research as being key to his process of directing period dramas such as John Adams in order to make the scenes authentic.[3] For The Damned United, Hooper and director of photography Ben Smithard researched the look of the late 1960s and early 1970s through football photography books.[73] Hooper has also been influenced by cinematographer Larry Smith, who worked with Stanley Kubrick and advised Hooper of techniques used by Kubrick.[74] Hooper and Smith have worked together on Cold Feet, Love in a Cold Climate, Prime Suspect, Red Dust and Elizabeth I.

Hooper also uses uncommon framing techniques to emphasise story; in John Adams, he wanted to imply American independence seemed unlikely during the Revolutionary War, so he used "a very rough camera style—almost all hand held, wide lenses close to the actors, lots of movement, many cameras shooting at once so there was often not a settled master "point of view", and lots of unmatching dutch tilts so the horizon lines of the frame were often being thrown off."[72] The America-set scenes were contrasted by the scenes set in France, in which more traditional filming techniques were employed to evoke a feel of entrenched values.[72] Similarly, in The Damned United, Hooper began to experiment with using wide-angle lenses and putting actors in the extreme edges of the frame. He was influenced by the unusual framing from social photography of the 1970s, and he and Ben Smithard decided to adopt the framing style while scouting locations.[73] Hooper used the same style in The King's Speech, particularly in the scene where Bertie and Logue meet in Logue's consulting room; Colin Firth is framed to the extreme left of the picture, leaving most of the shot dominated by the rough wall behind Firth.[72][75]

Another frequently used technique is Hooper's tendency to use a variety of focal length camera lenses to distort the resulting picture.[76] In The Damned United he used a 10mm lens, notably in the scene where Clough stays inside during the Derby–Leeds match. Hooper operated the camera in this scene himself.[73] In The King's Speech, Hooper used "typically 14mm, 18mm, 21mm, 25mm and 27mm" lenses and put the camera close to the actors' faces.[76] Hooper said the use of this method in the first consulting room scene served to "suggest the awkardness and tension of Logue and Bertie's first meeting".[72]

Filmography[edit]

Hooper with Colin Firth in January 2011
Filmography[17]
Year(s) Title Role(s) Description
1992 Painted Faces Director, writer, producer, editor Short film
1997 Quayside Director Television series
1997 Byker Grove Director 4 episodes of television series:
  • Series 9, Episode 17
  • Series 9, Episode 18
  • Series 9, Episode 19
  • Series 9, Episode 20
1998–2000 EastEnders Director Episodes of television series
1999 Cold Feet Director 2 episodes of television series:
  • Series 2, Episode 1
  • Series 2, Episode 2
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Director 2-part television serial
2002 Daniel Deronda Director 3-part television serial
2003 Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness Director 2-part television serial
2004 Red Dust Director Feature film
2005 Elizabeth I Director 2-part television serial
2006 Longford Director Television film
2008 John Adams Director 7-part television miniseries
2009 Damned United, TheThe Damned United Director Feature film
2010 King's Speech, TheThe King's Speech Director Feature film
2012 Les Misérables Director Feature film
---- Danish Girl, TheThe Danish Girl Director Feature film

Filmography by awards[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Year Film Academy Award Nominations Academy Award Wins Golden Globe Nominations Golden Globe Wins BAFTA Nominations BAFTA Wins
2004 Red Dust
2009 Damned United, TheThe Damned United
2010 King's Speech, TheThe King's Speech 12 4 7 1 14 7
2012 Les Misérables 8 3 4 3 9 4
Total 20 7 11 4 23 11

Awards and nominations[edit]

Hooper with Kathryn Bigelow, who won the previous year's Oscar for Best Director
Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
2004 IFFI Special Jury Award Special Award Red Dust Won
2004 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special Prime Suspect 6 Nominated
2005 BIFF Golden Kinnaree Award Best Film Red Dust Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special Elizabeth I Won
2007 British Academy Television Craft Award Best Director Longford Nominated
2007 British Academy Television Award Best Single Drama Longford Won
2008 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special John Adams Nominated
2009 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Miniseries John Adams Nominated
2010 Hollywood Award Hollywood Film Director The King's Speech Won[77]
2010 British Independent Film Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[78]
2010 Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[79]
2010 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[80]
2010 Satellite Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[81]
2010 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[82]
2010 Sierra Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[79]
2010 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[79]
2010 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[83]
2010 EDA Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[84]
2010 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[85]
2010 Golden Globe Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[86]
2010 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The King's Speech Won
2010 London Film Critics' Circle Award British Director of the Year The King's Speech Won[87]
2010 British Academy Film Award Best Direction The King's Speech Nominated[55]
2010 British Academy Film Award Outstanding British Film The King's Speech Won[55]
2010 Independent Spirit Award Best Foreign Film The King's Speech Won[88]
2010 Academy Award Best Director The King's Speech Won
2010 Empire Award Best Director The King's Speech Nominated[89]
2012 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Les Misérables Nominated[90]
2012 British Academy Film Award Outstanding British Film Les Misérables Nominated[91]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hooper was born and raised in England and is the son of an English man and an Australian woman. He holds dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and Australia.[2] Hooper self-identified in 2010 as "half-Australian and half-English and living in London".[3]
  2. ^ The order of Hooper's early short films differs according to various sources; Fendelman (2011)[7] states that Bomber Jacket was his second short, and Simmons (2011)[6] states it was his third. Hooper is himself confused about the order in his audio commentary for The King's Speech DVD.[8]
  3. ^ Notable advertising campaigns directed by Hooper include 2006's Rooftop Tennis for Sony Ericsson's mobile phone range,[4][13] and Dive, a spot for the 2011 Captain Morgan rum campaign To Life, Love and Loot. [14][15]
  4. ^ Hooper was subsequently replaced by Robert Benton on the Graham project.[36]

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