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In conversation with.....Roger Michell

Acadamy Members can email acadamyevents@ifta.ie for further information
  • Date: October 1st
  • Venue: Dublin
  • Time: 7.00pm

Irish Film & Television Academy Members are invited to an evening In Conversation with...director Roger Michell on Wednesday October 1st in Dublin.

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Roger Michell is one of the UK's most acclaimed and diverse filmmakers of the last twenty years, known for helming one of the biggest British films of all time (Notting Hill) and has directed some of Hollywood's most successful actors including Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Ben Affleck, Daniel Craig, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Vanessa Redgrave, Bill Murray and Peter O'Toole .

After directing several mini-series for the BBC, Michell broke through in 1995 with the Jane Austen period adaptation, Persuasion. The film was released to British television, winning four BAFTA Awards and theatrically in the United States, being named by The National Board of Review as one of Top Ten Films of 1995. Following the award-winning films, My Name is Reg (1996) and Titanic Town (1998), Michell directed the Richard Curtis-written Notting Hill , starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. The film became both the most successful British film and romantic comedy at the time, winning a BAFTA Award in 2000 and today is recognised as a classic of the genre.

Michell's subsequent release, the dark thriller Changing Lanes (2002) starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson grossed almost $100 million at the box office and was described by Roger Ebert as "one of the best movies of the year... digging right down into the depths of two men". Following the May-December romance drama of The Mother (2004), which earned leading actress Anne Reid BAFTA, BIFA and EFA Award nominations, Michell directed the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Enduring Love starring Rhys Ifans, Daniel Craig and Bill Nighy. The film's celebrated 'hot air balloon scene' was unanimously acclaimed by critics and described as "a truly heart-jolting sequence", winning an Empire Award for Scene of the Year.

In 2006, Michell directed Peter O'Toole (in one of his final screen performances) to Oscar, Golden Globe & BAFTA nominations for the comedy-drama Venus, which was nominated for five British Independent Film Awards. In recent years he has directed the newsroom comedy Morning Glory (2010) with Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams and the political drama Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) which starred Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt. Michell's most recent film Le Week-end marked the fourth collaboration between the director and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and was nominated for five British Independent Film Awards, with Variety calling it "a bittersweet, charming display of keenly intelligent craftsmanship on all levels". Michell has recently finished filming his latest project, ITV mini series The Lost Honour, written by BAFTA winning writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) which will air later this year.