David Wheatley (director)

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David Wheatley
Born(1949-12-20)December 20, 1949
Died(2009-04-05)April 5, 2009
OccupationFilm and television director

David Wheatley (20 December 1949 – 5 April 2009) was a British film and television director.[1]

His Royal College of Art graduation film was on the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte, after his tutor Gavin Millar showed him a book on the artist. The film was screened as part of the BBC's arts' programmes Omnibus in 1979. From that year, he contributed films to the Omnibus and Arena series,[2] before branching out into other areas in the mid 1980s.

He directed The Magic Toyshop (1987), a fantasy film based on the Angela Carter novel, which Carter adapted herself, and several social dramas set in the north of England. In the early 1990s he directed a series of Catherine Cookson adaptations for Tyne Tees which gained audiences of 14 million.[3]

He also directed episodes of Fat Friends and Dalziel and Pascoe.[4]

He died after a long illness on 5 April 2009, aged 59. He is survived by his mother, Ellen, his father, Fred, a son Alexander from his marriage to Melanie Pringle, and a daughter Francesca from his relationship with Camilla Tress.


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