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Michael Apted is a Actor, Director, Writer and Producer British born on 10 february 1941 at Buckinghamshire (United-kingdom)

Michael Apted

Michael Apted
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Birth name Michael David Apted
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 10 february 1941 (78 years) at Buckinghamshire (United-kingdom)

Michael David Apted, CMG (born 10 February 1941) is an English director, producer, writer and actor. He is one of the most prolific British film directors of his generation, and directed the Up Series of documentaries and the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.

On 29 June 2003 he was elected president of the Directors Guild of America. He returned to television, directing the first three episodes of the TV series Rome. Apted directed Amazing Grace which premiered at the closing of the Toronto Film Festival in 2006. His most recent feature film project was The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader which premiered 30 November 2010 at the Royal Film Performance. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.


Apted étudie d'abord le droit et l'histoire à l'université de Cambridge.

Il commence sa carrière à la télévision en travaillant comme documentaliste pour Granada Television, dont il deviendra par la suite directeur. Pendant cette période, il tourne plusieurs épisodes de Coronation Street. Pour le travail qu'il réalise alors, Apted remportera plusieurs British Academy Awards, y compris celui du meilleur réalisateur dramatique. À partir 1963, Apted se lance dans un projet ambitieux : une série documentaire qui suit plusieurs enfants tous âgés de 7 ans dans les premiers épisodes 7 up, et qui propose de les retrouver tous les 7 ans pour filmer ce qu'ils sont devenus... Le premier volet de la série connaît un énorme succès ; il en ira de même pour ceux qui suivront.

Apted s'oriente vers le cinéma en 1972 et dirige son premier long métrage déjà très controversé par son engagement anti-militariste et son questionnement sur l'identité sexuelle, The Triple Echo, basé sur la nouvelle de H. E. Bates intitulée Soldier in Skirts, dans lequel une jeune femme cache un déserteur, joué par Brian Deacon, en le faisant passer pour sa sœur. En 1979, il enchaîne avec Agatha, un drame interprété par Dustin Hoffman et Vanessa Redgrave et dont le sujet est la mystérieuse disparition d'Agatha Christie en 1926.

Il part aux États-Unis en 1980 et y dirige son premier film américain, Nashville Lady (Coal Miner's Daughter), qui reçoit plusieurs nominations aux Oscars. Par ailleurs, Apted réalise aussi plusieurs documentaires, notamment la suite de 7 up. Le dernier volet en date de la série date de 2005, 49 Up, et les enfants de 7 up y sont presque quincagénaires.

En 1999, Apted a tourné un James Bond Le monde ne suffit pas.

Le 29 juin 2003, il est élu président de la Directors Guild of America.

Il a réalisé le troisième volet du Monde de Narnia, L'Odyssée du Passeur d'Aurore, sorti en 2010.

Best films

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Dracula (1992)
(Executive Producer)
Nell (1994)
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

Usually with

John Bailey
John Bailey
(3 films)
David Arnold
David Arnold
(4 films)
(1 films)
James Horner
James Horner
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Michael Apted (36 films)

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Spies Like Us, 1h42
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, Donna Dixon, Bruce Davison, James Daughton
Roles Ace Tomato Agent
Rating63% 3.198573.198573.198573.198573.19857
Austin Millbarge is a geekish, basement-dwelling codebreaker for The Pentagon who aspires to escape his under-respected job to become a secret agent. Emmett Fitz-Hume, a wisecracking, pencil-pushing son of an envoy, takes the foreign service exam under peer pressure. Millbarge and Fitz-Hume meet during the test, on which Fitz-Hume openly attempts to cheat after an attempt to seduce his immediate supervisor in exchange for the answers backfires. Millbarge, however, was forced to take the test, having had only one day to prepare after his supervisor gives him a notice that was two weeks old.


Unlocked (2017)

Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Jessica Boone
Rating62% 3.100013.100013.100013.100013.10001
Une enquêtrice de la CIA commet une erreur, et se voit au centre d'un complot impliquant une attaque biologique sur Londres.
Chasing Mavericks, 1h56
Directed by Curtis Hanson, Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Surfing films, Buddy films
Actors Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Leven Rambin, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer, Taylor Handley
Rating70% 3.549713.549713.549713.549713.54971
In 1987 an 8 year-old boy in Santa Cruz, California, Jay Moriarity, is saved from drowning by his next door neighbor, surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler). This ignites his passion for the sport.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 1h55
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about religion, Films about lions, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter, Ben Barnes, Liam Neeson, Simon Pegg
Rating62% 3.1499953.1499953.1499953.1499953.149995
Three Narnian years after the events of Prince Caspian, Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are staying with their irritating bookworm cousin Eustace Scrubb until the war is over. Edmund is still too young to enlist in His Majesty's Armed Forces. At their cousin's home a painting of a ship on the ocean transports Lucy, Edmund and Eustace into an ocean in Narnia.
Echelon Conspiracy, 1h38
Directed by Michael Apted, Greg Marcks
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Films about computing, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Shane West, Noomi Rapace, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames, Orlando Bloom, John Malkovich
Rating61% 3.0977753.0977753.0977753.0977753.097775
A young American computer engineer (Shane West as Max) acquires a mobile phone that receives strange text messages. First they encourage him to miss his flight which crashes soon after takeoff. Then the messages direct him to buy a certain stock, which increases by 313%. Next, the messages direct him to a hotel/casino in Prague to gamble. He first wins one-hundred thousand Euro on a slot machine and bets the entire amount on a hand of blackjack, which he wins. Max then has an altercation with a beautiful woman (Tamara Feldman) and her jealous boyfriend in the hotel corridor, where he is knocked-out, and his mysterious phone is apparently scanned. Max wakes up with the smiling woman, Kamila, and asks her out for a drink.
Amazing Grace, 1h58
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Documentary
Themes Films about slavery, Medical-themed films, Films about religion, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films, Films about autism
Actors Ioan Gruffudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Romola Garai, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell
Rating73% 3.6982653.6982653.6982653.6982653.698265
In 1796 William Wilberforce is severely ill and taking a recuperative holiday in Bath, Somerset, with his cousin, Henry Thornton. It is here that William is introduced to his future wife, Barbara Spooner. Although he initially resists any romantic overtures, she convinces him to relate the story of his career.
Enough (2002)
, 1h55
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about families, Feminist films, Films about domestic violence
Actors Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Juliette Lewis, Dan Futterman, Fred Ward, Tessa Allen
Rating57% 2.855842.855842.855842.855842.85584
The film begins in a Los Angeles diner where a waitress named Slim (Jennifer Lopez) works with her best friend, Ginny (Juliette Lewis). She receives romantic advances from a customer who teases her about her name. Another man in the diner, Mitch Hiller (Billy Campbell) reveals that the customer had made a bet that he would be able to convince Slim to sleep with him. Soon after, Slim falls in love with and marries Mitch, and they have a child named Gracie (Tessa Allen). Years later, Slim finds out Mitch has been cheating on her with a woman named Darcelle. She confronts him and he admits it, but also insisting Darcelle means nothing to him. Slim becomes angry and threatens to leave, which enrages Mitch who becomes violent, slapping and punching her in the face. He gives her a warning, saying that he makes the money and gets to do whatever he likes, implying he wants an open marriage. Mitch refuses to stop his affair unless she wants to fight him. The next day, Slim confides in Mitch's mother (Janet Carroll), she asks her what she did to make Mitch angry, implying he has a history of physical abuse. Ginny advises Slim to leave Mitch, but Slim doesn't want to hurt Gracie. She then goes to pick up Gracie from school, only to discover Mitch had already picked her up. Panicked that Mitch might have left town with her, she calls Mitch, who tells her that he took Gracie to the zoo.
Enigma (2001)
, 1h59
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Spy, Romance
Themes Spy films, Seafaring films, Transport films, La bataille de l'Atlantique, Political films
Actors Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Northam, Saffron Burrows, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Donald Sumpter
Rating63% 3.15063.15063.15063.15063.1506
The story, loosely based on actual events, takes place in March 1943, when the Second World War was at its height. The cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, have a problem: the Nazi U-boats have changed one of their code reference books used for Enigma machine ciphers, leading to a blackout in the flow of vital naval signals intelligence. The British cryptanalysts have cracked the "Shark" cipher once before, and they need to do it again in order to keep track of U-boat locations.
The World Is Not Enough, 2h8
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Psychologie, Sports films, Films about terrorism
Actors Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane
Rating63% 3.199133.199133.199133.199133.19913
MI6 agent James Bond meets a Swiss banker in Bilbao, Spain to retrieve money for Sir Robert King, a British oil tycoon and friend of M. Bond tells the banker that King was buying a report stolen from an MI6 agent who was killed for it, and wants to know who killed him. The banker threatens Bond, but Bond overpowers him. The banker is killed by his assistant before he can reveal the assassin's name. Bond escapes with the money.
Me & Isaac Newton
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Rating62% 3.1480553.1480553.1480553.1480553.148055
With a little humorous approach, the film explores human advances in the field of sciences. Both Apted and Paul G. Allen, director and film financer respectively, deploy segments of interviews with several scientists and researchers about their views in science, in the same way they previously did with arts in the documentary Inspirations.
Always Outnumbered, 1h44
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Actors Laurence Fishburne, Bill Cobbs, Natalie Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson
Rating71% 3.595383.595383.595383.595383.59538
The film stars Laurence Fishburne as aging ex-con Socrates Fortlow, who after a long incarceration, is trying hard to make a new life and to accept the regrets of his past. Meanwhile, he meets a young boy named Darryl, who witnessed a boy murdered by a friend of his. He also has to deal with his best friend's deteriorating health and finding work.
Inspirations, 1h40
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin Israel
Genres Documentary
Actors David Bowie
Rating68% 3.428973.428973.428973.428973.42897
The film explores the true origins of creativity in arts through interviews to several figures of the artistic media:
Extreme Measures, 1h58
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse, Paul Guilfoyle, Debra Monk
Rating61% 3.09873.09873.09873.09873.0987
Dr. Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant) is a New York emergency room doctor who one night comes across a strange patient: a homeless man who has a wristband from a hospital he's not familiar with, mentioning a drug he's never heard of, and with strange symptoms, including a wildly fluctuating heart rate. When the man dies, Guy attempts to follow up and find out more about the patient - only to find that the body and all records have disappeared, and he's told by his superiors to drop the case.
Nell (1994)
, 1h53
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about children, Le thème de l'enfant sauvage, Medical-themed films, L'enfance marginalisée, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films based on plays, Films about autism, Films about language and translation
Actors Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Richard Libertini, Nick Searcy, Jeremy Davies
Rating64% 3.24993.24993.24993.24993.2499
When stroke victim Violet Kellty dies in her isolated cabin in the North Carolina mountains, Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Lovell (Liam Neeson), the town doctor, finds a terrified young woman (Jodie Foster) hiding in the rafters of the house. She speaks angrily and rapidly but seems to have a language of her own. Looking at Violet's Bible, Jerry finds a note asking whoever finds it to look after the woman, who is Violet's daughter Nell. Sheriff Todd Peterson (Nick Searcy) shows Jerry a news clipping from which Jerry surmises that Nell is indeed the dead woman’s daughter, conceived through rape.