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People in Film | Joe Wright
Posted March 09, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Joe Wright"
Hanna’s director may have grown up in a puppet theater, but with each film, he proves that all the world’s a stage, he’s the puppet master.
Joe Wright | A Magic Kingdom of the Imagination
As a child, Wright didn’t just grow up reading or hearing stories; he lived them. His parents, John and Lyndie Wright, founded the Little Angel Theater, celebrated puppet showcase in Islington. Wright, who as a child struggled with dyslexia and local bullies, found a world of imagination at home and a love of art in school. “For years, that theatre was all I knew,” he told The Guardian. “And it was like a magic kingdom of puppets and hippy types wafting around. I'd get beaten up at school, but I just sat in the art room drawing pictures of the Great Fire of London until I could go home.” In his teen years, he moved easily from art into acting, first, taking classes at the Anna Scher Theatre School and then making films for his fine arts degree at Central St Martins. As a young man in the 90s, Wright managed to find theater in everything he did. In addition to studying art and film, he worked for Oil Factory, helping to make music videos. At the same time, Wright and a friend launched Vegetable Vision, a production company that created visual effects for bands like Andrew Weatherall, Darren Emerson and the Chemical Brothers (with whom he recently reunited to score Hanna).