Michael Cormac "Mike" Newell (born 28 March 1942) is an English director and producer of motion pictures for film and television. Newell won the 1994 BAFTA Award for Best Direction for Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Newell est le fils d'acteurs amateurs. Il étudie à la St Albans School puis au Magdalene College (université de Cambridge). Il suit un cursus de trois ans de perfectionnement à la Granada Television pour entrer dans le milieu du théâtre.
Newell dirige diverses émissions de la télévision britannique des années 1960 (comme Spindoe (1968), crédité comme « Cormac Newell » et Big Breadwinner Hog ). Il obtient finalement un diplôme de réalisateur et commence par tourner des films d'épouvante La Malédiction de la vallée des rois (1980) et Bad Blood (1981) parlant d'un boucher de la Nouvelle-Zélande.
, 2h3 Directed byMike Newell OriginUnited-kingdom GenresDrama, Historical, Romance ThemesFilms about writers ActorsLily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode Rating73% Londres, 1946. A la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Juliet Ashton, une jeune écrivaine britannique en manque d'inspiration, reçoit une lettre d'un mystérieux membre du Club de Littérature de Guernesey créé durant l'Occupation allemande. Intriguée et curieuse d'en savoir plus, elle se rend sur l'île et rencontre alors les membres excentriques et attachants du Cercle littéraire des amateurs d'épluchures de patates dont Dawsey Adams, le charmant fermier à l'origine de la lettre. Leurs confidences, son attachement à l'île et à ses habitants ou encore son affection pour Dawsey et pour les autres férus de littérature changeront à jamais le cours de sa vie ainsi que sa carrière d'écrivaine.
, 2h19 Directed byMike Newell OriginUSA GenresDrama, Science fiction, Comedy, Romance ThemesMedical-themed films, Films about viral outbreaks ActorsJavier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Angie Cepeda, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Héctor Elizondo Rating64% In late 19th century Cartagena, a river port in Colombia, Florentino Ariza falls in love at first sight with Fermina Daza. They secretly correspond and she eventually agrees to marry but her father discovers their relationship and sends her to distant relatives (mainly her grandmother and niece). When she returns some years later, Fermina agrees to marry Dr. Juvenal Urbino, her father's choice. Their fifty-year marriage is outwardly loving, but inwardly marred by darker emotions. Fermina's marriage devastates Florentino, who vows to remain a virgin, but his self-denial is thwarted by a tryst. To help him get over Fermina, his mother throws a willing widow into his bed and he discovers that sex is a very good pain reliever with which he replaces the opium that he had habitually smoked. He begins to record and describe each of his sexual encounters, beginning with the widow, and eventually compiling over 600 entries. A lowly clerk, he plods resolutely over many years to approach the wealth and social standing of Dr. Urbino. When the now-elderly doctor dies suddenly, Florentino immediately and impertinently renews courting Fermina.
, 1h57 Directed byMike Newell OriginUSA GenresDrama, Historical, Romance ThemesFilms about education, Feminist films, Peinture, Politique, Political films ActorsJulia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dominic West Rating65% In 1953, Katherine Ann Watson (Julia Roberts), a 30-year-old graduate student in the department of Art History at Oakland State, takes a position teaching "History of Art" at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, because she wants to make a difference and influence the next generation of women. At her first class, Katherine discovers that the girls have already memorized the entire syllabus from the textbook, so she instead uses the classes to introduce them to Modern Art and encourages spirited classroom discussions about topics such as what makes good art and what the Mona Lisa's smile means. This brings her into conflict with the conservative college president (Marian Seldes), who warns Katherine to stick to the syllabus if she wants to keep her job. Katherine comes to know many of the students in her class well and seeks to inspire them to achieve more for themselves as intelligent women than the expected convention of marriage to eligible young men. Joan Brandwyn (Julia Stiles) dreams of being a lawyer and has enrolled as pre-law, so Katherine encourages her to apply to Yale Law School, where she is accepted; Katherine finds her liberal sensibilities affronted when Joan's fiancé Tommy (Topher Grace) comments Joan "will always have that", intimating his own expectations of what his wife should be. Joan eventually elopes with Tommy, and professes to Katherine she is very happy—she had decided that what she wants most is to be a wife and mother after graduation and asks Katherine to respect her choice.
, 1h35 Directed byMike Newell OriginUnited-kingdom GenresDrama, Comedy-drama, Romance ThemesFeminist films, Political films, Buddy films ActorsMiranda Richardson, Josie Lawrence, Polly Walker, Joan Plowright, Alfred Molina, Neville Phillips Rating72% Elizabeth von Arnim's novel tells of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their rainy, grey environments to go on holiday in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins, who belong to the same ladies' club but have never spoken, become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. They find some common ground in that both are struggling to make the best of unhappy marriages. Having decided to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning but aloof Lady Caroline Dester. The four women come together at the castle and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love.