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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 | Pride & Prejudice And Puppets
In 2005, Wright moved from television to feature films by the force of his creative imagination. In The Guardian, Tim Bevan, whose company Working Title helped produce Pride & Prejudice, remembers Wright’s appeal: “He just came in and pitched images and emotions. There was no clever-clever, literary take on the story because he hadn't read the book, so he just had an instinctive feel for the atmosphere he wanted. It pricked my attention immediately…Joe takes complicated, intellectual ideas which swamp many others and smoothly translates them into images.” To adapt Austen’s layered tale of English manners and love, Wright turned to puppets. “Pride is the closest thing I've done to one of my dad's puppet shows because of the energy and the atmosphere,” Wright told The Observer. “Whenever I cast a character, I think, ‘How would I make a puppet of them?’" He later added to Rope of Silicon, “it's got a kind of energy that some of the puppet shows used to have, but, at the same time, it's shot in a very realistic way.” Wright’s special mix of realism and make believe, precision and emotion, paid off. The film of the romance between the particular Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightly) and the proud Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) was an international sensation, earning four Oscar nominations, and winning Joe Wright the BAFTA for “Most Promising Newcomer.”