In 2000, bird returned to television to direct care, a bbc film uncovering child abuse in british foster homes. Hollywood called, and antonia directed her first film there, mad love 1995, starring drew barrymore and chris odonnell as a young couple on the run. Maria pride 207 words exact match in snippet view article find links to article prendiville about child abuse in a welsh childrens home. A season of antonia birds films continues at bfi southbank. As the director antonia bird, who has died aged 62 from anaplastic thyroid cancer, moved from the stage into television and film, she retained the ideals that had come out of the political.
The last television drama with her name on it was the first series of the village, but the career which is celebrated in the bbc four documentary antonia bird. As the director antonia bird, who has died aged 62 from anaplastic thyroid. The film and tv director antonia bird has died at the age of 54. Whether the subject is a homeless teenager or a homosexual clergyman, birds emphasis on basic human rights is. Antonia bird biography, movie highlights and photos. In those first encounters, i became hooked on antonia bird, and still am. Directed by antonia bird, care follows davey younger steven mackintosh. Antonia bird, one of britains leading female film and tv directors, has died of cancer aged 62. View latest articles, news and information about what happened to antonia bird, english television drama and film director, that died on thursday october 24th 20at age 62.
With steven mackintosh, jaye griffiths, maria pride, charlotte cornwell. A troubled boy steven mackintosh endures physical abuse. We showed her next film, priest, which was harder to get for the festival because antonias work was now in demand. Bird was best known for directing films including priest 1994, face 1997 and ravenous 1999, all starring actor robert carlyle. Antonia bird was born on may 27, 1951 in london, england. She got an amazing performance out of linus roache. Drama directed by antonia bird and starring steven mackintosh, jaye griffiths and charlotte cornwell. The british helmer is known for directing films including priest. Care is a single british television crime drama film, written by former tomorrows world presenter kieran prendiville, that first broadcast on bbc1 on 8 october 2000.
British film and tv director antonia bird has died at the age of 54, her agent says. Antonia bird, the director behind many highprofile film and television productions in the past decade, has died at the age of 54, according to a statement by her agent, made public by bbc news. This is a film of music, not about it, and one of the most extraordinary things about it is that we are really, literally, hearing parker on the soundtrack. Its potential roster includes birds first venture into screenwriting, rebekka, a semidocumentary about aids activist rebekka armstrong, a former playboy playmate who contracted hiv at 16. Her resulting cinematic approach is realist, aggressive, and visceral, she confronts each scene directly and. After antonia bird s unhappy hollywood venture, mad love, this heistgonewrong picture reclaims lost ground on home turf, and shares with bird s bbc films safe and priest a determination to get. Twos screenplay series and care, broadcast in 2000, which dealt. Antonia bird celebrity profile check out the latest antonia bird photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at rotten tomatoes. Birds are extremely social by nature, and thrive on company, nurturing, and frequent interaction. She was excitingly brutal in her exposure of the dark corners of modern britain. From eastenders to hollywood is the necessary first chapter of that book, and the bfis retrospective a timely introduction to the woman who kicked down doors. A troubled boy steven mackintosh endures physical abuse by the staffers at a childrens home. British film and tv director antonia bird has died at the age of 54, her. If youre considering bird ownership, the care requirements include.
Antonia bird with robert carlyle, who starred in her awardwinning safe. Antonia bird english television drama and film director. However, director antonia bird deals with both the subject and the film extremely well just as she did in priest1994 and presents a wonderful film for those who can actually bear to watch it. Her bbc film care 2000, starring steven mackintosh, was a. And the 50 percent who dont find that entertaining are not going to find it entertaining, and i think thats reasonable. Though she was at home in other genres, as with the horrormovie satire. A man struggles to piece together his life after suffering years of abuse in a childrens home, a personal battle made doubly difficult by crusading reporters determined to expose the scandal.
Safe from 1993, focused on the plight of the homeless in london, this powerful drama written by al. British film and television director antonia bird has died aged 54. Stage, tv and film director motivated by a desire to tell relevant and provocative stories as the director antonia bird, who has died aged 62 from anaplastic thyroid cancer, moved from the stage into television and film, she retained the ideals that had come out of the political radicalisation of theatre during the 1970s. From eastenders to hollywood were from a golden age of single drama. A tough, caring storyteller, antonia bird gave hope in the nineties that the television play might still live on. Care was about sexual abuse in a childrens home and was. The director antonia bird has a history of dealing brilliantly with big issues, such as in the excellent priest which looked at religion, homosexuality and child abuse, and told its story in a very accessible way. She received a bafta childrens award for the 2009 bbc documentary off by heart, about a national poetry competition for schoolchildren. Birds work might then have been revived and remembered earlier, too. Whether the subject is a homeless teenager or a homosexual clergyman, birds emphasis on basic human rights is fundamentally the same. Two about homeless teenagers in the west end of london. She was known for 1990s films including priest, face and ravenous, all starring actor robert carlyle.
Antonia bird, who has died aged 62, was a leading british television and film director, and was particularly noted for dramas that explored difficult social issues. Find similar and related movies for safe 1993 antonia bird on allmovie. She was a director and producer, known for priest 1994, face 1997 and ravenous 1999. Written by kieran prendiville and directed by antonia bird, care tells the story of a davey steven mackintosh a young man trying to come to terms with the abuse he suffered as a child in local authority care. Dedicated to the understanding of the human condition, british director antonia bird examines the harrowing pain caused by the neglect of human need. This film is excrutiating to watch and the ending is unbearable.
Since david cameron entered number 10 six years ago, poverty and homelessness has been increasing to levels first experienced here in the uk during thatchers reign, which safe was. Safe from 1993, focused on the plight of the homeless in london, this powerful drama written by al ashton the firm starred kate hardie, aidan gillen. After antonia birds unhappy hollywood venture, mad love, this heistgonewrong picture reclaims lost ground on home turf, and shares with birds bbc films safe and priest a determination to get. In short, the censorship of the copy miramax produced in 2002 is shameful and, lets be frank, homophobic. Written by kieran prendiville and directed by antonia bird, care tells the story of a davey steven mackintosh a young man trying to come to terms with the abuse he suffered as a. In 2000, bird returned to television to direct care, a bbc film uncovering child abuse in.143 112 580 1261 1371 305 1287 390 929 905 105 843 99 94 427 1284 1336 1351 1493 819 1007 495 353 692 373 1034 458 1098 1434 299 1023 796 1178 708 1387 98 174 640 539 323