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Michael Apted

Michael David Apted, CMG (born 10 February 1941) is an English director, producer, writer and actor. He is one of the most prolific British film ... More »Michael David Apted, CMG (born 10 February 1941) is an English director, producer, writer and actor. He is one of the most prolific British film directors of his generation but is best known for his work on the Up Series of documentaries and the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. On 29 June 2003 he was elected president of the Directors Guild of America. He returned to television, directing the first three episodes of the TV series Rome. Apted directed Amazing Grace which premiered at the closing of the Toronto Film Festival in 2006. His most recent feature film project was The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader which premiered 30 November 2010 at the Royal Film Performance. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2008 Birthday Honours. Apted was born to a middle-class family in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the son of Frances Amelia (née Thomas) and Ronald William Apted, who worked for an insurance company. Michael Apted... [ Wikipedia ]

The Up Documentary Series Is the Anti-Reality TV

If Michael Apted's Up series of documentaries plays like the older, more relaxed brother of reality TV, it's because that's basically what it is. Launched in 1964 as a one-off special of interviews with 7-year-olds in Seven Up by director Paul Almond, the film surveyed 14 kids of various ...

Michael Apted: Lifetime achievement

The conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor for crimes against humanity and war crime... Sissy Spacek won an Academy Award for her part in the Michael Apted film Coal Miner's Daughter. And Sigourney Weaver and Jodie Foster have both been nominated for Oscars after ...

CES brings out the celebrities

Directors John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, License to Kill), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) and Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) had a candid discussion about how technology has changed their approach to filmmaking ...

The Seven-Up Kids, Nearly 50 Years On In Michael Apted's '56 Up'

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: (L-R) Executive producer Simon Kilmurry, film subject Tony Walker and director Michael Apted speak onstage during the 'POV 56 Up' panel at the PBS portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2013 ...

Michael Apted, Aging With The '7 Up' Crew : NPR

"We weren't interested in the personalities so much," says Michael Apted, who was a researcher on the original episode and has directed all the subsequent ones. "We needed children ... who weren't fazed by us, who could speak to us, but we weren't looking for any particular ...

Michael Apted's 56 Up offers a regular glimpse of fascinatingly ordinary lives

In a culture so reliant on phony reality shows, documentary series offers a refreshing glimpse of real people in real lives 56 Up – the latest installment in Michael Apted's 7 Up documentaries – is currently playing in US cinemas. Photograph: ITV One of the questions Michael Apted ...

Rolling Stones documentary that Mick Jagger said must not be released

Michael Apted revealed that he occasionally screens a rough cut of a feature-length documentary, which includes footage of rehearsals and the opening dates of the Rolling Stones ' record breaking 40th anniversary Licks tour, for friends. However, the film, shot in 2002, has never been ...

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Critically acclaimed directors John Glen(For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, License to Kill), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) and Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) will take a look back at the legacy of the iconic character and have a ...

28 Up South Africa, ITV, review

If the lives of the British girls and boys featured in Michael Apted’s original Up series, on which this series was based, were defined by class, along with the everyday unhappinesses of divorce and depression, then surely it is HIV that has cast the longest shadow over the lives of ...

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Michael Grigsby obituary

Grigsby was fortunate to arrive at Granada Television in 1955, as Sidney Bernstein's dynamic new Manchester-based company was training its first staff, who included the future directors Michael Apted and Mike Newell. Taken on as a television cameraman, Grigsby formed an amateur film ...

Fresh Air Weekend: Bradley Cooper, Michael Apted : NPR

Michael Apted: Aging with the '7 Up' Crew: Every seven years since 1964, the director has caught us up on the lives of 14 everyday people in his acclaimed 7 Up series. Apted was 22 when the series began, and the subjects were 7. In the latest episode — 56 Up — the subjects are ...

Movie Blog: ‘56 Up’: When Art Goes Anthropology

Using loads footage from the previous Up documentaries, of which there are seven, filmmaker Michael Apted presents each person in the group, more or less, individually. In doing so, he makes a prismatic but segmented documentary composed of short, complicated profiles. These profiles are ...

Nicholas Hitchon: 'I feel very privileged to have been part of this, but it's come at a big cost' -...

Mr Hitchon revealed this weekend that little has changed since that broadcast, but said it was refreshing to return to his birthplace for the filming of 56 Up, overseen – as all but one of the series has been – by the director Michael Apted. Recalling the approach from the ...

The Sunday Conversation: Michael Apted keeps 'Up' series up and running

Director Michael Apted is known for such diverse films as "Gorillas in the Mist," "Coal Miner's Daughter" and the James Bond romp "The World Is Not Enough," but it's the "Up" series of documentaries following a small group of Britons every seven years, starting at age 7, that carries his ...

Michael Moore: new Oscar docs process is more transparent

Pennebaker never got one, Michael Apted never got one for the '7 Up' series. And it happened again this year, when Werner Herzog couldn't even make the shortlist. " The changes will also do away with a rule that said members who had a film in the running were not eligible to participate...

BBC News Apted: '7 Up should have had more girls'

Director Michael Apted says it was a "horrible error" to have only four females in a cast of 14 when making the original selection for the 7 Up documentary in 1964. He made the comment at a screening of 56 Up, the eighth episode in the long-running social documentary series. Apted ...

DGA board approves film and TV contract

DGA Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted, Fifth Vice President Thomas Schlamme and National Executive Director Jay Roth led the negotiations for the guild. "We have reached an excellent deal on behalf of DGA members and the industry," Apted said in a statement. "With significant wage ...

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Directors guild and studios reach deal on new film and TV contract

Directors Guild of America Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted, above, and Fifth Vice President Thomas Schlamme led contract negotiations for the guild. (Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times) After three weeks of negotiations, the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion ...

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