Simon Curtis (filmmaker)
Curtis in 2015
|Born||11 March 1960|
|Occupation||Film director, producer|
Elizabeth McGovern (m. 1992)
Simon Curtis (born 11 March 1960) is a British film director and producer. He has directed various theatre productions and the television dramas David Copperfield and Cranford. His feature films include the Marilyn Monroe drama film My Week with Marilyn and Woman in Gold.
Curtis began his career working at the Royal Court Theatre. His first job was assistant director to Caryl Churchill's Top Girls. He later became assistant director to both Danny Boyle and Max Stafford-Clark. Notable theatre productions Curtis has worked on include the world premiere of Road, A Lie of the Mind, Roots, Dinner with Friends and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. In 2010, Curtis directed Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse.
In 1996, Curtis directed episodes of the television comedy series Tracey Takes On... for HBO. He also directed the three-part television drama Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky for BBC Four in 2005. The serial is an adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's 20,000 Streets Under the Sky novels.
He directed the BBC's adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford in 2007. In June 2009, Curtis directed two new episodes of Cranford for the Christmas period. Titled Return to Cranford, the episodes were aired from 20 December 2009.
In August 2008, Curtis directed the one-off television drama A Short Stay in Switzerland for the BBC. The drama, featuring Julie Walters, was based on the true story of Dr. Anne Turner, who decided to take her own life at a Dignitas clinic in 2006. A Short Stay in Switzerland was nominated for Best Single Drama at the Royal Television Society Awards and the British Academy Television Awards.
In 2004, Curtis approached producer David Parfitt about making a film based on The Prince, The Showgirl and Me and My Week with Marilyn; two diary accounts written by Colin Clark about his time with Marilyn Monroe. Adrian Hodges wrote and adapted the screenplay for the film called My Week with Marilyn. Curtis and Parfitt went to BBC Films and the UK Film Council and they put up the money for development. Curtis then approached Harvey Weinstein who financed the film. My Week with Marilyn was filmed in late 2010 and released in November 2011.
In 2015, Curtis directed and executive produced the biographical film Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann, a Holocaust survivor attempting to recover a portrait of her aunt painted by Gustav Klimt which was stolen from her family by the Nazis and had eventually become property of the government of Austria, and closely connected to Austrian identity. Curtis' wife Elizabeth McGovern has a small role as a court judge in the film.
|1996||Tracey Takes On...||Director||Television series|
|1998||My Summer with Des||Director||Television film|
|2002||Man and Boy||Director||Television film|
|2005||Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky||Director||Television serial|
|2009||A Short Stay in Switzerland||Director||Television film|
|2011||My Week with Marilyn||Director and executive producer|
|2015||Woman in Gold||Director and executive producer|
|2017||Goodbye Christopher Robin||Director|
|2019||The Art of Racing in the Rain||Director|
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