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Michael Caton-Jones

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Michael Caton-Jones
Michael Jones

(1957-10-15) 15 October 1957 (age 66)
Occupation(s)Film 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 include the World War II film Memphis Belle (1990), the romantic comedy Doc Hollywood (1991), the biographical drama This Boy's Life (1993), the historical epic Rob Roy (1995), the action thriller The Jackal (1997) and the erotic thriller sequel Basic Instinct 2 (2006). He also directed the Channel 4 miniseries Brond (1987) and World Without End (2012).[2]


Caton-Jones grew up in Broxburn, near Edinburgh. He moved to London and squatted in Stoke Newington.[3] He attended the National Film and Television School.[4]

In October 2017, Caton-Jones told BuzzFeed News that he was forced from the production of the 1998 crime drama film B. Monkey when he refused to fire lead actress Sophie Okonedo, who producer Harvey Weinstein had deemed was not "fuckable". Weinstein told Variety that Caton-Jones left the production due to "creative differences". Michael Radford was hired to replace Caton-Jones and Okonedo was replaced by Asia Argento. Argento was one of three women who in 2017 told The New Yorker she had been raped by Weinstein; she said 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."[5]

Caton-Jones has been accused of sexual harassment [6] with Sharon Stone alleging in Vogue Portugal that during the shooting of Basic Instinct 2 he asked her to sit on his lap to receive directions and refused to shoot if she did not do so. She stated "I can say we all hated that and I think the film reflects the quality of the atmosphere we all worked in”. [7]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1986 The Riveter Yes Yes No Short film
Also editor
Nominated – Prize of the City of Torino for Best Short Film
1989 Scandal Yes No No Nominated – European Film Award for Young European Film of the Year
1990 Memphis Belle Yes No No Nominated – International Fantasy Film Award for Best Film
1991 Doc Hollywood Yes No No Cameo as "Maitre D'"
1993 This Boy's Life Yes No No
1995 Rob Roy Yes Executive No
1997 The Jackal Yes Yes No Cameo as "Man in Video"
2002 City by the Sea Yes Yes No Cameo as "Man in Subway Train"
2005 Shooting Dogs Yes No No Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Director
2006 Basic Instinct 2 Yes No No Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
2015 Urban Hymn Yes No No Ale Kino Audience Award
Ale Kino Organiser's Prize
Golden Gryphon - Generator +18
2018 Asher Yes No No
2019 After the Wedding No Executive No
2019 Our Ladies[8][9] Yes Yes Yes

Television director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1987 Brond Miniseries; 3 episodes
1988 Screen Two Episode: "Lucky Sunil"
1998 Trinity Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Spooks Episodes 9.2 & 9.3
2012 World Without End Miniseries; 8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


  1. ^ Michael Caton-Jones Biography (1957-)
  2. ^ "Michael Caton-Jones | United Agents". unitedagents.co.uk. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  3. ^ Johnston, Sheila (19 August 1993). "Home from the Hollywood hills: Michael Caton-Jones left". The Independent. Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  4. ^ Appelo, Tim (27 July 2011). "The 25 Best Film Schools Rankings". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Jackson McHenry "Director Says Harvey Weinstein Recast the Lead in His Film Because the Actress Wasn't 'F*ckable'", Vulture.com, 17 October 2017.
  6. ^ Andrade, Sara (8 May 2019). "Sharon Stone talks about Hollywood, #MeToo and Basic Instinct". Vogue Portugal. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  7. ^ Parande, Shweta (20 August 1993). "You got hired if you were 'f**kable', says Sharon Stone, as she recreates Basic Instinct scene". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  8. ^ "Michael Caton-Jones to Direct Scottish Catholic Choir Comedy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Michael Caton-Jones' long-gestating 'The Sopranos' starts shooting in Edinburgh". Screen. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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