Reginald Stephen "Reg" Traviss (born 12 February 1977) is a British
film director and writer. Traviss came to public attention in the UK
in 2006 with the theatrical release of his debut feature film Joy
Division which starred Ed Stoppard, Bernard Hill, Tom Schilling,
and Ricci Harnett. Traviss followed up his World
War Two drama with Psychosis, a psychological thriller, released
in 2010, which starred Charisma Carpenter,
and Justin Hawkins, lead singer of rock group The
Darkness. Traviss directed Screwed, a prison drama based on the 2008
book Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, by a former
prison guard writing under the pseudonym Ronnie Thompson. The film,
released theatrically in the UK in June 2011, starred Noel Clarke,
and Kate Magowan.
1 Early career
3 Personal life
6 External links
Traviss was born in London, England. He began making short films in
the late 1990s. His first production, in 1996, was sponsored in part
by The Prince's Trust. In 2000 he started work as an Idents and Promos
director for the BBC's
BBC Choice TV station, then in February 2003 he
co-founded feature film production company Kingsway Films.
From 2003 to 2005 Traviss worked on his directorial debut for the big
screen Joy Division, a fictionalised biopic which he wrote with
Rosemary Mason, based on real life events set in the last months of
World War II and the early years of the Cold War. The film was
co-produced by German production company Dreamtool Entertainment and
Traviss' company Kingsway Films on a budget of $6,000,000. The film
starred an ensemble of German, British and Hungarian actors including
the rising European stars
Tom Schilling and Bernadette Heerwagen,
British actor Ed Stoppard, television actress and pop singer Michelle
Gayle, alongside veteran big screen performers
Bernard Hill and
Suzanne von Borsody
Suzanne von Borsody and was filmed in London, Canada, Hungary, Germany
and Slovakia. The story was influenced by the bestselling books
Berlin: The Downfall 1945 by
Antony Beevor and Armageddon by Max
Hastings. Joy Division was received at the Copenhagen International
Film Festival in September 2006 and was released in theatres in the
UK, Germany, New Zealand and Australia from 2006 to late 2007. The
film received good reviews by critics and Film Review
magazine in 2007 named Traviss as one of the UK's most promising new
filmmakers. The film also attracted the attention of wider review and
debate within the cultural press.
In 2008 to 2009 Traviss worked on his second film Psychosis, a
psychological-thriller and homage in the style of cult British
Hammer House of Horror and Tales of the
Unexpected. The story was a reworking of the segment
Dreamhouse from the Michael Armstrong film Screamtime, and starred
Charisma Carpenter in the lead role, supported by Ricci Harnett, Paul
Sculfor and rock singer Justin Hawkins. The film premiered in 2010
at the 'Home of Cult British Horror' Prince Charles Cinema in
Leicester Square, London. In 2010 Traviss directed Screwed, the film
adaptation of Ronnie Thompson's bestselling Prison Officer's memoir
Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, by Headline
Publishing about an ex-British soldier who returns from Iraq to take
job in one of England's toughest jails only to find that the Officers
are more corrupt than the convicts.
Screwed was released in
theatres across the UK in June 2011 and starred acclaimed actors Noel
James D'Arcy alongside tough guy actors
Frank Harper and
In 2015, a documentary film about Traviss's late former girlfriend Amy
Winehouse was released in the summer, entitled Amy. Winehouse's family
and Traviss publicly disapproved of the film, saying that it was
"downright inaccurate" and contained "basic untruths". Traviss and
Winehouse's father Mitch have asked the film crew to edit the film, as
it portrays Winehouse's father as a villain and contains nothing about
Traviss. However, since the editors behind the movie declined their
request, Mitch Winehouse and Traviss are now intending to create a new
film about Winehouse, to correct all the wrongs and omissions that
were in the documentary.
Between 2008 and 2010, Traviss was in a relationship with Suicide
Girls burlesque dancer Raven Isis Holt, who featured in his 2010 film
Traviss was in a relationship with singer
Amy Winehouse from early
2010 until her death on 23 July 2011. According to media reports
and a biography written by Winehouse's father, Traviss and Winehouse
had planned to marry and intended to have children.
On 10 December 2012, Traviss appeared at Southwark Crown Court accused
of twice raping a friend as she slept on 31 December 2011. On 13
December 2012, Traviss was found not guilty after it was proven in
court that the woman had lied.
Feature film debut
Momentum Pictures (DVD extras release)
Apocalyptic Adventure on the Eastern Frontier
Edinburgh International Film Festival (Videotech)
^ "Joy Division Official Promo". IMDb. 2005.
^ "Joy Division A Film Divided". Lumiere New Zealand. 2007.
^ Czech and Slovak Film Database, Czech and Slovak Film Database,
^ "Joy Division review by Sam Toy". Empire. November 2006.
^ "A Subject For Sympathy Germany's Rehabilitation". London. The
Reg Traviss interview. 17 November 2006.
^ "Psychosis A Homage to Hammer House of Horror". Static Mass. June
^ "Psychosis behind the scenes with Reg Traviss". Static Mass
Emporium. September 2010.
Reg Traviss Fear Division". Total SciFi. July 2010.
^ "Interview with
Reg Traviss Director of Psychosis". Watching Horror
Films Behind the Couch. March 2012.
^ "Psychosis Official US Trailer". IMDb. 2010.
Screwed Official Trailer". IMDb. 2011.
^ Movie Review Screwed, The Critical Critics US, December 2012
Reg Traviss Interview Love Film, Love Film, 7 June 2011
Reg Traviss Review, Little White Lies, 14 October 2011
^ Cable, Simon (2 June 2010). "Revealed, the clean cut new boyfriend
who may tame Amy Winehouse". Daily Mail. London.
Amy Winehouse and
Reg Traviss would have married". Digital Spy. 12
^ "Film director
Reg Traviss 'raped sleeping woman'". BBC news
website. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
^ "Reg Traviss, film director, cleared of rape". BBC news website. 13
December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
^ Gye, Hugo (13 December 2012). "crazy rape trial was like runaway
train". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
Reg Traviss speaks out ITV Day Break". Retrieved 17 December
Reg Traviss In The Spotlight (2 June 2011)
Nick Hasted, Reg Traviss' "Joy Division" (17 November 2006) (The
Independent, Arts & Books Review)
Patrick Samuel / Static Mass interview
Reg Traviss (20 Sept 2010)
Showreel Magazine / July–Aug 2006 / interview
Reg Traviss in July
Future Movies interview with Reg Traviss