Martin Rosen (director)
|Born||1936 (age 82–83)|
|Occupation||Producer, film director, screenwriter, theater producer|
Martin Rosen (born 1936) is an American-born British filmmaker and theater producer. Rosen is known for having directed the animated film adaptations of Watership Down (1978) and The Plague Dogs (1982), both from the Richard Adams novels.
Rosen originally worked as a theater agent and talent scout, before he moved with his wife to the United Kingdom.
He first produced the Canadian feature A Great Big Thing (1968) and later co-produced Ken Russell's film version of Women in Love (1969), which won Academy Awards for Glenda Jackson and Billy Williams (cinematography).
Rosen was originally the producer of Watership Down but took over as director after John Hubley, the original director, left after disagreements with Rosen. He also wrote the screenplay for it. This was the first of two novels by Richard Adams he adapted. In 1982 he also produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for another animated feature based on an Adams novel, The Plague Dogs (1982). Rosen produced Smooth Talk (1986), which won the Sundance Grand Prize. His last film as director was Stacking (1987). His last project as producer was the animated Watership Down TV series in 1999.
Rosen has also worked in theater production. He was the originating producer of Michael Weller's Moonchildren, first presented at London's Royal Court Theater before transferring to the US. He was the originating producer of Maxine Hong Kingston's "The Woman Warrior", presented in association with The Berkeley Rep, Boston's Huntington Theater, and the Doolittle Theater in Los Angeles.
Rosen is married to Elisabeth Payne Rosen, an author and ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church.
|1968||A Great Big Thing||Yes|
|1969||Women in Love||Yes||Yes||Presenter|
|1978||Watership Down||Yes||Yes||Yes||Directorial debut|
|1982||The Plague Dogs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|1987||American Playhouse||Yes||Yes||Segment: "Stacking"|
|1999-2001||Watership Down: The Series||Yes||Executive producer|
- I, Frederick
- The Women Warrior
- China Men
- Hallam's War
|The Plague Dogs||60% (5 reviews)||7.9/10|
Awards and nominations
|1978||Gold Hugo||Best Feature||Watership Down||Nominated|
|1979||Hugo Award||Best Dramatic Presentation||Watership Down||Nominated|
|1986||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Feature||Smooth Talk||Nominated|