Tim Sullivan (British filmmaker)
21 February 1958 |
|Occupation||Film and television director, screenwriter|
Tim Sullivan was born in Germany, where his father was stationed with the Royal Air Force. He attended Clifton College in Bristol, England before gaining an exhibition scholarship to read English and Law at the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge, Sullivan was a member of the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, and partnered with writer Richard Maher on the play Klev, which ran at the Crown Theatre, Hill Place in 1978. He also supplied extras to Chariots of Fire (1981) and became acquainted with director Hugh Hudson, hoping to find a way into the film industry. It came to nothing, and after leaving Cambridge Sullivan began claiming unemployment benefits, before taking a summer job as a chauffeur to Anthony Andrews on the production of Brideshead Revisited. The producer Derek Granger learned that Sullivan was writing a screenplay with Derek Jarman, and encouraged him to get a job as a researcher with Granada Television.
After working as a researcher on the first series of Alfresco, Sullivan and Richard Maher partnered to write their first television series, a sitcom entitled The Train Now Leaving, set in the dining carriage of an InterCity train running between London and Manchester. Granada commissioned seven 30-minute scripts for development.
Sullivan stayed at Granada for several more years, directing episodes of series such as Busman's Holiday, Stop That Laughing at the Back, Coronation Street and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, as well as adapting A Handful of Dust for television (1988) and directing Thatcher: The Final Days (1991). In 1995, Sullivan wrote and directed his first feature film, Jack and Sarah, starring Richard E. Grant and Samantha Mathis. The film, which took Sullivan four years to develop, was inspired by the attention a male colleague at Granada received when his childcare arrangements broke down and he had to bring his child into work.
Into the 2000s, Sullivan worked freelance on many television and film projects, including directing the final episode of Cold Feet for Granada, and the one-off comedy drama Catwalk Dogs for Shed Productions. In 2005, Sullivan was hired by DreamWorks to write an initial script draft for Shrek 4, though his script was abandoned by the time production on the film began.
|1985||Wild Winter||Director||1 episode of television series|
|1985||Hank Wangford at Strangeways||Director||Television special|
|1985||Our Backyard||Director||26 episodes of television series|
|1985||TX||Director||4 episodes of television series|
|1985||Hold Tight||Director||1 series of television game show|
|1986||I Feel Fine||Director||6 episodes of television series|
|1986||Busman's Holiday||Director||14 episodes of television game show|
|1987||Stop That Laughing at the Back||Director||5 episodes of television series|
|1988||Coronation Street||Director||18 episodes of television series|
|1988||A Handful of Dust||Screenwriter||Television film|
|1990–1992||El C.I.D.||Director||2 episodes of television series|
|1990||Made in Heaven||Director||2 episodes of television series|
|1991||Thatcher: The Final Days||Director||Television film|
|1991||Where Angels Fear to Tread||Screenwriter||Feature film|
|1993–1995||The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes||Director||3 episodes of television series|
|1995||Jack and Sarah||Director and screenwriter||Feature film|
|2003||Cold Feet||Director||1 episode of television series|
|2007||Catwalk Dogs||Director||Television film|
|2010||Letters to Juliet||Screenwriter||Feature film|
- Summers, Sue (18 June 1995). "Cinema/ The British are coming (again)". The Independent (Independent Newspapers): p. 32.
- Staff (17 August 1978). "Current Production". The Stage and Television Today: p. 48.
- Staff (6 October 1983). "Granada takes on cartoon and BR for new comedies". The Stage and Television Today: p. 19.
- Staff (16 June 2008). "In the right direction". The Independent (Independent News & Media): p. 8.
- Staff (6 March 2005). "DreamWorks plans 'Shrek 4'". Variety.com (Reed Business Information). Retrieved on 29 August 2010.
- Tim Sullivan filmography". British Film Institute. Retrieved on 17 April 2010.