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Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is Europe’s leading film production company. Together, Tim and Eric have made more than 70 films that have grossed nearly three billion dollars worldwide. Their films have won four Academy Awards (for Dead Man Walking, Fargo, and Elizabeth), nineteen BAFTA Awards (including ones for Love Actually, Billy Elliot and Four Weddings and a Funeral), and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals.
In 1999, a new division, WT², run by Natascha Wharton, 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 division has since made Mark Mylod’s Ali G Indahouse, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, which was a smash in the U.K.; Marcus Adams’ horror film Long Time Dead; Marc Evans’ acclaimed thriller My Little Eye; the comedy The Calcium Kid,starring Orlando Bloom and directed by Alex De Rakoff; and Shaun of the Dead.
WT²’s next two films, currently in post-production, are Terry Loane’s directorial debut, Mickybo & Me, starring Julie Walters, Ciaran Hinds, Adrian Dunbar, and Gina McKee; and Rory O’Shea Was Here, directed by Damien O’Donnell and starring James McAvoy, Steven Robertson, Romola Garai, and Brenda Fricker. The latter film will be released in the U.S. by Focus Features.
Current and upcoming Working Title films include Jonathan Frakes’ Thunderbirds, starring Bill Paxton, Sophia Myles, and Sir Ben Kingsley; Richard Loncraine’s Wimbledon, starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany; Beeban Kidron’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, reuniting Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth; Sydney Pollack’s The Interpreter, starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn; Kirk Jones’ Nanny McPhee, written by and starring Emma Thompson; and Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley. The latter film, adapted from the classic Jane Austen novel, will be released in the U.S. by Focus Features.