Michael Caton-Jones

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Michael Caton-Jones
Michael Jones

(1957-10-15) 15 October 1957 (age 63)
OccupationFilm director, television director, producer

Michael Caton-Jones (born Michael Jones; 15 October 1957[1]) is a Scottish director and producer of film and television. His credits have included the World War II film Memphis Belle, the romantic comedy Doc Hollywood, the biographical drama This Boy's Life, the historical epic Rob Roy, the action thriller The Jackal, and the erotic thriller sequel Basic Instinct 2. He also helmed the Channel 4 minseries World Without End.[2]


Caton-Jones attended the National Film and Television School.[3]

In October 2017, Michael Caton-Jones revealed that he had chosen Sophie Okonedo, to star in B. Monkey. However, the producer, Harvey Weinstein, decided the actress was not "f**kable". Caton-Jones and Weinstein discussed the matter heatedly, and Caton-Jones said, "'Don’t screw up the casting of this film because you want to get laid', whereupon he went mental." Weinstein then leaked to Variety that Caton-Jones had left the production due to "creative differences". Asia Argento, who replaced Okonedo, was one of three women who in 2017 were reported in The New Yorker to have been raped by Weinstein; she said that she submitted to Weinstein because, "I felt I had to, because I had the movie coming out and I didn’t want to anger him."[4]



Year Title Director Producer Notes
1986 The Riveter Yes Yes Short film

Nominated- Prize of the City of Torino for Best Short Film

1989 Scandal Yes No Nominated- European Film Award for Young European Film of the Year
1990 Memphis Belle Yes No Nominated- International Fantasy Film Award for Best Film
1991 Doc Hollywood Yes No
1993 This Boy's Life Yes No
1995 Rob Roy Yes Exec.
1997 The Jackal Yes Yes
2002 City by the Sea Yes Yes
2005 Shooting Dogs Yes No Nominated- British Independent Film Award for Best Director
2006 Basic Instinct 2 Yes No Nominated- Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
2015 Urban Hymn Yes No Ale Kino Audience Award
Ale Kino Organiser's Prize
Golden Gryphon - Generator +18
2018 Asher Yes No
2019 After the Wedding No Exec.
2020 Our Ladies[5][6] Yes Yes


Year Title Dir. Pro. Notes
1987 Brond Yes No 3 episodes
1988 Screen Two Yes No Episode: "Lucky Sunil"
1998 Trinity Yes No Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Spooks Yes No Episodes 9.2 & 9.3
2012 World Without End Yes No Miniseries; 8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
1986 Torino Film Festival Best Short Film The Riveter nom
1989 European Film Academy Young European Film of the Year Scandal nom
1991 Fantasporto Best Film Memphis Belle nom
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Director Shooting Dogs nom
2007 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Director Basic Instinct 2 nom
2016 Giffoni Film Festival Golden Gryphon - Generator +18 Urban Hymn won
Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival Audience Award Urban Hymn won
The Organiser's Prize Urban Hymn won


  1. ^ Michael Caton-Jones Biography (1957-)
  2. ^ "Michael Caton-Jones | United Agents". www.unitedagents.co.uk. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  3. ^ Appelo, Tim (27 July 2011). "The 25 Best Film Schools Rankings". Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Director Says Harvey Weinstein Recast the Lead in His Film Because the Actress Wasn’t 'F*ckable', Jackson McHenry, Vulture.com, 2017-10-17
  5. ^ "Michael Caton-Jones to Direct Scottish Catholic Choir Comedy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  6. ^ Dalton2018-11-09T11:14:00+00:00, Ben. "Michael Caton-Jones' long-gestating 'The Sopranos' starts shooting in Edinburgh". Screen. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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