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David M. Thompson
David M. Thompson began his career at the BBC as a documentary maker. He began producing drama while working for the BBC's Everyman documentary series, where he produced the original Shadowlands (directed by Norman Stone), which won the British Academy Award for Best Drama and an International Emmy Award. Subsequent productions included the BAFTA Award-winning Safe, directed by Antonia Bird, and Alan Clarke's The Firm and Road.
Mr. Thompson was appointed Head of BBC Films in May 1997, overseeing a slate of films for cinema and television. Past BBC Films productions include John Madden's acclaimed Mrs. Brown; Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot (the company's most successful film to date, which took in over $100 million worldwide, and which won three BAFTA Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards); Richard Eyre's Iris, starring Dame Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent, who won the Academy Award for his performance; Stephen Frears's Dirty Pretty Things, written by Eastern Promises screenwriter Steve Knight; Michael Winterbottom's In This World (BAFTA Award winner, and winner of the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival), Code 46, and [Tristram Shandy:] A Cock and Bull Story; Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar; Roger Michell's The Mother; Christine Jeffs's Sylvia (also a Focus Features release); Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen; Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort and My Summer of Love (also a Focus Features release); Danny Boyle's Millions; Stephen Frears's Mrs. Henderson Presents; Michael Caton-Jones's Shooting Dogs (a.k.a. Beyond the Gates); Andrea Arnold's Red Road, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival; Nicholas Hytner's The History Boys; and Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal, which received four Academy Award nominations.
Upcoming releases include Justin Chadwick's The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Eric Bana; Gareth Carrivick's Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel; James Honeyborne's documentary feature Meerkats; Julian Jarrold's Brideshead Revisited, starring Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, and Hayley Atwell; John Maybury's The Edge of Love, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Rhys, Sienna Miller, and Cillian Murphy; Jane Campion's Bright Star, starring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish; and Sam Mendes's highly anticipated Revolutionary Road, reuniting Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.