John Maybury

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John Maybury (born 25 March 1958) is an English filmmaker and artist. He first came to prominence as the director of the music video for the Pet Shop Boys 1984 single "West End Girls". In 2005 he was named as one of the 100 most influential gay and lesbian people in Britain.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Promo director[edit]

During the 1980s, Maybury produced a number of short films and music videos including for Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U", which was voted #35 in a Channel 4 poll of the greatest pop music videos[2] and received various awards, and "West End Girls" by the Pet Shop Boys, a defining 1980s video.


In 1998, Maybury produced his first full-length feature Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon a biopic on the life of Francis Bacon starring Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

In 2005, he directed The Jacket with Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley. In 2008 his film The Edge of Love, a biopic on the life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas starring Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Rhys and Keira Knightley premiered. He also directed the final episode of the HBO/BBC Rome series.

Filmography as director[edit]


  1. ^ The Pink List 2005., June 29, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2007
  2. ^ "Channel 4 Greatest Pop Videos. Channel 4.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Love Is the Devil". Retrieved 3 October 2009.

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