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Working Title Films, co–chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is Europe's leading film production company, making movies that defy boundaries as well as demographics.
Together, Messrs. Bevan and Fellner have made more than 80 films that have grossed over $3.5 billion worldwide. Their films have won 4 Academy Awards (for Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking, Joel and Ethan Coen's Fargo, and Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth), 22 BAFTA Awards (including ones for Richard Curtis' Love Actually and Mike Newell's Four Weddings and a Funeral), and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals, among other honors.
Messrs. Bevan and Fellner were recently made CBEs (Commanders of the British Empire). They have also been honored with two of the highest film awards that are accorded British filmmakers; the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, at the Orange British Academy Film [BAFTA] Awards, and the Alexander Walker Special Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Working Title was founded in 1983. In addition to those films mentioned above, the company's other worldwide successes include Mike Newell's Four Weddings and a Funeral; Richard Curtis' Love Actually; Roger Michell's Notting Hill; Mel Smith's Bean; Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter; Peter Howitt's Johnny English; Joel and Ethan Coen's O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Chris and Paul Weitz' About a Boy; both Bridget Jones movies (directed by Sharon Maguire and Beeban Kidron, respectively); Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice; and Kirk Jones' Nanny McPhee. Working Title has enjoyed long and successful creative collaborations with writer/director Richard Curtis; actors Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, and Emma Thompson; and the Coen Brothers, among others.
The company's most recent release was the acclaimed United 93, directed by Paul Greengrass. Currently in post–production are Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz, starring Simon Pegg; Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces, starring Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Alicia Keys, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, and Ryan Reynolds; Ringan Ledwidge's Gone, with Amelia Warner, Shaun Evans and Scott Mechlowicz; and Paul Weiland's Sixty Six, starring Eddie Marsan and Helena Bonham Carter.
Currently in production at Working Title are Shekhar Kapur's The Golden Age, the long–awaited follow–up to the celebrated Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, and Samantha Morton; Steve Bendelack's Bean II, in which Rowan Atkinson reprises his unforgettable Mr. Bean characterization; and Joe Wright's Atonement, adapted from the book by Ian McEwan and starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, and Romola Garai.
In 1999, a new division, WT², was formed with the purpose of providing an energetic and creatively fertile home for key emerging U.K. film talent and lower–budgeted productions. Its first film, Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot, was released in 2000 and became an international critical and commercial hit. The film grossed over $100 million worldwide, earned three Academy Award and two Golden Globe Award nominations, and was named Best Feature at the British Independent Film Awards. The film's director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Lee Hall have reunited for a stage musical version, with newly composed songs by Sir Elton John. The production, marking Working Title's debut theatrical venture (co–produced with Old Vic Prods.), opened at London's Victoria Theatre in May 2005 to glowing reviews and continues to play to packed houses.
WT²'s subsequent films have included Mark Mylod's Ali G Indahouse, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, which was a smash in the U.K.; Marc Evans' acclaimed thriller My Little Eye; Terry Loane's Mickybo & Me; Damien O'Donnell's Rory O'Shea Was Here (also a Focus Features release), which won the Audience Award at the 2004 Edinburgh International Film Festival; and Edgar Wright's award–winning sleeper hit "rom zom com" (romantic zombie comedy) Shaun of the Dead.