The acclaimed Oscar Nominated British writer/director Michael Radford established his international reputation as the writer and director of Nineteen Eight-Four (Umbrella-Rosenblum Films/Virgin Films), starring John Hurt and Richard Burton in his final role. He went on to write and direct the Oscar winning Il Postino (Cecchi Gori Films)for which Michael was Nominated for Best Director and Best Screenwriter and the film was Nominated for Best Picture – altogether the film was Nominated in five categories. He also won the BAFTA for Best Director and Best Film not in the English Language, as well another 35 international awards. Latest film is Elsa & Fred for LA’s Defiant Pictures starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. His films have won over 60 major international festival prizes.
In 2004 he directed Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice (Movision Entertainment), which premiered at The Venice Film Festival in 2004. They are currently planning their second Shakespeare collaboration with Michael’s adaptation of King Lear.
In 2012 he wrote and directed the feature documentary Michel Petrucciani (Les Films d’Ici), the legendary French jazz pianist who died in New York in 1999. His other films includeFlawless (Magnolia Pictures), starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine. He was one eight major directors on Ten Minutes Older(Odyssey Films), a collection of short films directed by, among others, his cinematic heroes Bernando Bertolucci and Jan Luc Godard – Michael’s contribution was Addicted To The Stars, a sci-fi film starring Daniel Craig.
Other film credits include Dancing At The Blue Iguana (Moonstone Entertainment), starring Daryl Hannah; B. Monkey (Miramax Films), starring Rupert Everett, Jared Harris and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; White Mischief (Nelson Entertainment), with Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance and John Hurt; and his directorial debut feature, the much praisedAnother Time, Another Place (Channel Four Films)which won fifteen major festival prizes around the world.
Michael started his directing career at the BBC on documentaries including The Last Stronghold of the Pure Gospel; The Madonna and the Volcano, which won Grand Prix Nyon in 1976; and then his first feature film for BBC Scotland, The White Bird Passes. He also directed the much lauded cinema documentary Van Morrison in Ireland (Angle Films).
He was born in New Delhi, India, and grew up mainly in the Middle East where his father served in the British Army. He was educated at Bedford School and Worcester College, Oxford. After a spell teaching he was one of the first 25 students to study at The National Film School when it opened in 1971. He has homes in London and Los Angeles and is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian and directs in all three languages.