Bernard Rose (director)

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Bernard Rose
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Rose in 2010
Alma materNational Film and Television School
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, actor, composer, editor
Years active1986–present
AwardsGolden Brussels Raven
1988 Paperhouse
2015 Frankenstein

Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Special Jury Award
1988 Paperhouse

Oldenburg German Independence Honorary Award

Bernard Rose is an English filmmaker and screenwriter, considered a pioneer of digital filmmaking.[1] He is best known for his direction of the horror films Paperhouse (1988) and Candyman (1992),[2] the historical romances Immortal Beloved (1994)[3][4] and Anna Karenina (1997), and the independent drama Ivans xtc (2000), for which he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and the John Cassavetes Award. He has also been nominated for the Grand Prix des Amériques and the Venice Horizons Prize.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Rose was born in London, the son of a Jewish father and a mother who had converted to Judaism.[6] He began making super 8 films when he was 9. By 1975, he won an amateur film competition hosted by BBC which led to the broadcasting of his works. He worked for Jim Henson on the last season of The Muppet Show and then again on The Dark Crystal in 1981. He attended National Film and Television School and graduated in 1982 with a Master's in Filmmaking. After this, he moved on to directing music videos for MTV, one of which was the uncensored version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's hit "Relax".[7]

Shortly after his production of music videos, he moved on to direct British TV films such as Prospects and then finally in 1988 directed his first major full-length film, Paperhouse. Rose got his big break into American cinema with 1992's Candyman, which has since been seen as a cult classic. Subsequently, Rose both wrote and directed Immortal Beloved, about the life and loves of Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as a remake of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.

In 2012, Rose directed Two Jacks, a drama based on Leo Tolstoy's short story "Two Hussars," starring Sienna Miller and Danny Huston.[8] In 2014, Rose directed the musical drama The Devil's Violinist.[9] This was followed by a contemporary adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He's currently attached to Samurai Marathon, a Japanese-produced historical drama currently in post-production.[10] He is a frequent collaborator of actor and filmmaker Danny Huston.[11][12] Rose is also a contributor to the webseries Trailers from Hell.[13]


Year Title Dir. Writ. DoP. Edit. Notes
1983 Red Red Wine Yes Music video
Relax Yes
1984 Smalltown Boy Yes
1985 Welcome to the Pleasuredome Yes
1986 Prospects Yes Television series;
2 episodes
Smart Money Yes
1987 Body Contact Yes
1988 Paperhouse Yes Golden Brussels Raven
Special Jury Award (Fantasporto)
Nominated- Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award
1990 Chicago Joe and the Showgirl Yes
1992 Candyman Yes Yes Audience Award (Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival)
Grand Prize (Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival)
Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Writing
Nominated- Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award
1992 Inside Out III Yes Yes Segment: "Cafe L'Amour"
Inside Out IV Yes Yes Segment: "Save the Wetlands"
1994 Immortal Beloved Yes Yes
1997 Anna Karenina Yes Yes
2000 Ivans xtc Yes Yes Yes Yes Nominated- Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
Nominated- Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award
2005 Snuff-Movie Yes Yes Also cinematographer
2008 The Kreutzer Sonata Yes Yes Yes Yes
Derek Yes yes Documentary film
Co-director with Isaac Julien
2010 Mr. Nice Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Two Jacks Yes Yes Yes Nominated- Hollywood Discovery Award for Best Feature Film
Nominated- Grand Prix des Amériques
Boxing Day Yes Nominated- Venice Horizons Prize
2013 Sx Tape Yes Yes Yes
The Devil's Violinist Yes Yes Yes
2015 Frankenstein Yes Yes Yes Golden Brussels Raven
2018 The Hurdy Gurdy Man Yes Yes Yes Short film[14]
2019 Samurai Marathon Yes Yes Japanese film
2020 PinkCity Yes In post-production


  1. ^ Rose, Steve (17 December 2012). "Bernard Rose: Tolstoy, America and me". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (16 October 1992). "Review/Film; Science-Fiction Horrors In a Housing Project". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (16 December 1994). "FILM REVIEW; The Music Almost Tells the Tale". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. ^ Rothstein, Edward (1 January 1995). "CLASSICAL VIEW; How Can a Movie So Right Be So Wrong?". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Mystic Nic: Bernard Rose on Nicolas Roeg | Interview | Sight & Sound". British Film Institute. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Bernard Rose profile". Luke
  7. ^ "Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax"". Bernard Rose Official Site. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  8. ^ Holden, Stephen (18 October 2013). "A Gene That Doesn't Recede". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  9. ^ Schager, Nick (28 January 2015). "Film Review: 'The Devil's Violinist'". Variety. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  10. ^ Clarke, Stewart (6 February 2019). "HanWay Boards Bernard Rose's 'Samurai Marathon,' Jeremy Thomas Producing (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  11. ^ "10 Questions for Director Bernard Rose | The Arts Desk". Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  12. ^ Thompson, Anne (12 June 2013). "LAFF: Bernard Rose and Danny Huston Reunite with 'Boxing Day,' Third in Tolstoy Series (VIDEO)". IndieWire. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Bernard Rose Archives". Trailers From Hell. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  14. ^ Vero. "Acclaimed Director Bernard Rose Releases The Hurdy Gurdy Man, Based on the Life of Composer Franz Schubert, Exclusively on Vero". Retrieved 27 February 2019.

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