David Wheatley (director)
December 20, 1949|
|Died||April 5, 2009|
|Occupation||Film and television director|
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, 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.
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.
- Leslie Megahey "Obituary: David Wheatley", The Guardian, 13 April 2009
- Lasting Tribute website.[dead link]