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Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(born 13 August 1955) is an English film director, film producer, screenwriter and former journalist. He specialises in dramatisations of real-life events and is known for his signature use of hand-held cameras. His early film Bloody Sunday won the Golden Bear at 52nd Berlin International Film Festival. Other films he has directed include three in the Bourne action/thriller series: The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), and Jason Bourne (2016); United 93 (2006), for which he won the BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Director, and received an Academy Award for Best Director
Academy Award for Best Director
nomination, Green Zone (2010) and Captain Phillips (2013). In 2004 he co-wrote and produced the film Omagh, which won British Academy Television Award. In 2007 Greengrass co-founded Directors UK, a professional organization of British filmmakers, and was its first President until 2014. In 2008 The Telegraph named him among the most influential people in British culture.[1] In 2017, Greengrass was honoured with a British Film Institute
British Film Institute
Fellowship.[2] Accepting the Fellowship at the ceremony, he acknowledged that it had been a difficult week for the film industry, on the day that Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He said the industry had to act and words weren't enough. [3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Journalism 2.2 Film 2.3 Potential projects

3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Greengrass was born 13 August 1955 in Cheam, Surrey, England. His mother was a teacher and his father a river pilot and merchant seaman.[4][5] He is the brother of noted English historian Mark Greengrass. Greengrass was educated at Westcourt Primary School, Gravesend Grammar School and Sevenoaks School
Sevenoaks School
and attended Queens' College, Cambridge.[6] In October 2012, he received an honorary degree from Kingston University
Kingston University
in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to television and cinema".[7] Greengrass is a self-confessed Crystal Palace supporter.[citation needed] Career[edit] Journalism[edit] He first worked as a director in the 1980s, for the ITV current affairs programme World in Action; his investigation of timber-framed house construction has been cited as preventing its widespread adoption in Britain.[8] At the same time he co-authored the notorious book Spycatcher
Spycatcher
with Peter Wright, former assistant director of MI5, which contained enough sensitive information that the British Government made an unsuccessful attempt to ban it.[4] Film[edit]

Greengrass (left) with Tom Hanks, and Japanense Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at the Tokyo International Film Festival

He then moved into drama, directing non-fiction made-for-television films such as The One That Got Away, based on Chris Ryan's book about SAS actions in the Gulf War
Gulf War
and The Fix, based on the story of the betting scandal which shook British football in 1964. His 1998 film The Theory of Flight
The Theory of Flight
starred Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
and Helena Bonham Carter, who played a woman with motor neurone disease. The film dealt with the difficult issue of the sexuality of people with disabilities. Greengrass directed The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (1999), which told the story of Stephen Lawrence, a black youth whose murder was not properly investigated by the Metropolitan Police, and his mother's investigations, which led to accusations about institutional racism in the police. Bloody Sunday (2002), depicted the 1972 Bloody Sunday shootings of Irish anti-internment activists by British soldiers in an almost documentary style; it shared First Prize at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival with Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. Bloody Sunday was inspired by Don Mullan's politically influential book Eyewitness Bloody Sunday (Wolfhound Press, 1997). Mullan was a schoolboy witness of the events of Bloody Sunday. The book is credited as a major catalyst in the establishment of the new Bloody Sunday Inquiry
Bloody Sunday Inquiry
chaired by Lord Saville. The inquiry, the longest running and most expensive in British legal history, led to an historic apology by Prime Minister David Cameron
David Cameron
on 15 June 2010. Mullan was co-producer and actor in Bloody Sunday. In 2004 Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
co-wrote the television film Omagh with Guy Hibbert. Based on the bombing of 1998, the film was a critical success, winning British Academy Television Award
British Academy Television Award
for Best Single Drama. This was the first professional film that Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
had not directed, instead being credited as a writer and producer, because of his work on The Bourne Supremacy. Instead the film was directed by Pete Travis. It was the second film Greengrass had written about terrorism and mass killing in Ireland after Bloody Sunday. Based on that film, Greengrass was hired to direct 2004's The Bourne Supremacy, a sequel to the 2002 film The Bourne Identity, after the first film's director, Doug Liman, left the project. The film starred Matt Damon
Matt Damon
as Jason Bourne, an amnesiac who realises he was once a top CIA
CIA
assassin and is now being pursued by his former employers. It proved to be an unexpectedly enormous financial and critical success, and secured Greengrass's reputation and ability to get his smaller, more personal films made.[citation needed] In 2006, Greengrass directed United 93, a film based on the 11 September 2001 hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93. The film received critical acclaim, particularly for Greengrass' quasi-documentary-style directing. After receiving many Best Director awards and nominations from critics' circles (including the Broadcast Film Critics Association), Greengrass won the BAFTA
BAFTA
award for Best Director at the 60th British Academy Film Awards
60th British Academy Film Awards
and received an Oscar nomination for Achievement in Directing at the 79th Academy Awards. For his role in writing the film, he earned the Writers Guild of America Award and BAFTA
BAFTA
nominations for Best Original Screenplay. He followed this with a return to the Bourne franchise. The Bourne Ultimatum, released in 2007, was an even bigger success than the previous two films and provided him with yet another BAFTA
BAFTA
nomination for Best Director at the 61st British Academy Film Awards. In 2007, he co-founded Directors UK, a professional association for British directors, and was its first President until he stepped down from that position in July 2014.[9][10] Green Zone stars Matt Damon
Matt Damon
as the head of a U.S. military team on an unsuccessful hunt for weapons of mass destruction in post-war Iraq. It was filmed in Spain
Spain
and Morocco
Morocco
and released in 2010.[11] The film was first announced as being based on the bestselling, award-winning non-fiction book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, by the Washington Post's Baghdad bureau chief, Rajiv Chandrasekaran. However the final film is a largely fictionalised action thriller only loosely inspired by events in the book. Captain Phillips, Greengrass's film about the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009, was based on the book A Captain's Duty, and starred Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
and Faysal Ahmed. It was shot in 2012 in Massachusetts, Virginia
Virginia
and Malta
Malta
and was released on 11 October 2013. Greengrass returned to direct the fifth Jason Bourne
Jason Bourne
film, Jason Bourne, with Damon starring again. The film was released on 29 July 2016.[12] Greengrass is set to film Norway, a docudrama film following the 2011 Norway
Norway
attacks perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik
Anders Behring Breivik
and their aftermath, on location in Norway
Norway
in autumn 2018 for Netflix.[13] Potential projects[edit] It was announced in 2011 that he would direct an adaptation of Robert Harris's bestselling novel The Fear Index, a thriller centring on the connection of a fictional Geneva
Geneva
hedge fund to the 2010 Flash Crash. The film will be produced by Twentieth Century Fox.[14] It was announced in late July 2013 that Greengrass was in final talks to direct Aaron Sorkin's script about the Chicago Seven, a project to which Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
had been attached.[15] Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures
announced in 2014 that Greengrass will be the director of an upcoming version of the George Orwell
George Orwell
novel 1984. James Graham will write the screenplay.[16] In 2017 it was announced Greengrass would direct and produce Ness, a film about Eliot Ness
Eliot Ness
in the 1960s. The screenplay was written by Brian Helgerland who collaborated with Greengrass on Green Zone and The Bourne Supremacy. Personal life[edit] Greengrass told the BBC
BBC
in an October 2014 interview that he professes irreligion but said he has "great respect for the spiritual way".[17] Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes

Director Writer Producer

1989 Resurrected Yes

1994 Open Fire Yes Yes

Television

1996 The One That Got Away Yes Yes

Television

1997 The Fix Yes Yes

Television

1998 The Theory of Flight Yes

1999 The Murder of Stephen Lawrence Yes Yes

Television

2002 Bloody Sunday Yes Yes

2004 Omagh

Yes Yes British Academy Television Award
British Academy Television Award
Best Single Drama

The Bourne Supremacy Yes

2006 United 93 Yes Yes Yes BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Direction Nominated — Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Director Nominated — BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Outstanding British Film Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Director

2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Yes

Nominated — BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Direction Nominated — BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Outstanding British Film

2010 Green Zone Yes

Yes

2013 Captain Phillips Yes

Empire Inspiration Award Nominated — Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture Nominated — Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated — BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Direction Nominated — Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Nominated — AACTA International Award for Best Direction Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Director Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Director

2016 Jason Bourne Yes Yes Yes

2018 Norway Yes Yes

References[edit]

^ "The 100 most powerful people in British culture: 41-60". The Daily Telegraph. 18 March 2016.  ^ " Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
to receive BFI Fellowship at BFI London Film Festival Awards Ceremony". British Film Institute. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.  ^ "Harvey Weinstein's Shadow Hangs Over London Film Festival Awards". What's Worth Seeing. Retrieved 14 October 2017.  ^ a b Thorpe, Vanessa (5 August 2007). "Hollywood's Favourite Brit". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 February 2009.  ^ Brown, Mick (4 August 2007). "Straight shooting". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.  ^ "Paul Greengrass: Description". AMC. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  ^ "Stay true to your point of view, Bourne director says". Kingston University. London. 27 November 2012.  ^ Sutherland, Lyall (2 December 2004). "The timber-frame two and the wild, wild net". Architects' Journal.  ^ " Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
steps down as Directors UK President". Directors UK. 25 July 2014.  ^ "Inside Story: In the right direction - the cream of Britain's television directing talent". The Independent. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2011.  ^ Garrett, Diane (6 June 2007). "Damon, Greengrass re-teaming". Variety. Retrieved 22 January 2008.  ^ Eisenberg, Eric (19 October 2015). " Matt Damon
Matt Damon
Will Be Jason Bourne Again, Here Are The Details". Cinema Blend.  ^ Fleming Jr, Mike. deadline.com. Deadline http://deadline.com/2017/08/paul-greengrass-movie-norwegian-terror-attack-netflix-anders-behring-breivik-77-murdered-1202152767/. Retrieved 30 October 2017.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (25 August 2011). " Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
In 'Fear Index', Robert Zemeckis Out Of 'Replay' As He Takes 'Flight' With Denzel Washington". Deadline Hollywood.  ^ Ford, Rebecca (23 July 2013). " Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
in Talks for Aaron Sorkin-Penned 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'". The Hollywood Reporter.  ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (19 November 2014). " Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
Eyes George Orwell's '1984'; 'Finding Neverland's' James Graham To Write Script". Deadline Hollywood.  ^ Carnevale, Rob. "Calling the Shots: No.40: Paul Greengrass". BBC. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 

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Films directed by Paul Greengrass

Resurrected (1989) Open Fire (1994) The One That Got Away (1996) The Fix (1997) The Theory of Flight
The Theory of Flight
(1998) The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (1999) Bloody Sunday (2002) The Bourne Supremacy (2004) United 93 (2006) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Green Zone (2010) Captain Phillips (2013) Jason Bourne
Jason Bourne
(2016) Norway
Norway
(2018)

Awards for Paul Greengrass

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BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Direction

Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1968) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1969) George Roy Hill (1970) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1971) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1972) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1973) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(1974) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1975) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1977) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(1978) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1979) Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(1980) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1981) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1982) Bill Forsyth
Bill Forsyth
(1983) Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
(1984) no award (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1987) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1988) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(1989) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(1991) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Mike Newell (1994) Michael Radford
Michael Radford
(1995) Joel Coen (1996) Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
(1997) Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(1998) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(1999) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2000) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2001) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2002) Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(2003) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2017)

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London Film Critics' Circle Award for Director of the Year

Nicolas Roeg
Nicolas Roeg
(1980) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
(1982) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1983) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1984) Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
(1985) Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(1986) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1987) John Huston
John Huston
(1988) Terence Davies (1989) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1990) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
(1991) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1992) James Ivory
James Ivory
(1993) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1994) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(1995) Joel Coen (1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
(1997) Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2000) Alejandro González Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu
(2001) Phillip Noyce
Phillip Noyce
(2002) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2003) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2007) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) George Miller (2015) László Nemes
László Nemes
(2016) Sean Baker (2017)

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director

Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(1975) Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(1976) Herbert Ross (1977) Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1981) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1984) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(1985) David Lynch
David Lynch
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1988) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(1989) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1995) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
(1997) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000) David Lynch
David Lynch
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
/ David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(2011) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) George Miller (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
/ Luca Guadagnino
Luca Guadagnino
(2017)

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director

Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni
(1966) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1967) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1968) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1969) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1970) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(1971) Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
(1972) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1974) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1975) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1976) Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
(1977) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(1978) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
/ Robert Benton (1979) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1980) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1981) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1982) Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani (1983) Robert Bresson (1984) John Huston
John Huston
(1985) David Lynch
David Lynch
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) Philip Kaufman
Philip Kaufman
(1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
(1989) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1995) Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
(1997) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(1998) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(2001) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2002) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2003) Zhang Yimou
Zhang Yimou
(2004) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2007) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(2011) Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke
(2012) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes
(2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
(2017)

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