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Stephen Frears is a Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Assistant Director British born on 20 june 1941 at Leicester (United-kingdom)

Stephen Frears

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Birth name Stephen Arthur Frears
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 20 june 1941 (78 years) at Leicester (United-kingdom)
Awards Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres‎

Stephen Arthur Frears (born 20 June 1941) is an English film director.

Biography

Stephen Frears fait ses études à la Gresham's School et au Trinity College de l'Université de Cambridge où il suit des cours de droit avant de travailler pour le théâtre. Il commence sa carrière au cinéma comme assistant de Karel Reisz et réalise son premier film pour la BBC en 1970 : Gumshoe. Initialement prévu pour une diffusion télévisée, My Beautiful Laundrette, histoire d'amour entre un jeune paumé et un Pakistanais, sort en salles en 1985. Le film qui rend compte de la rudesse sociale dans l'Angleterre de l'ère Thatcher, le rend célèbre sur le plan international. Frears récidivera dans cette veine du film hybride entre fresque sociale et romance avec Sammy et Rosie s'envoient en l'air réalisé en 1987. Film à suspense avec le théâtre pour toile de fond, Prick Up Your Ears est récompensé à Cannes la même année. En 1988, il porte à l'écran l'adaptation par Christopher Hampton des Liaisons dangereuses de Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Il y dirige une distribution prestigieuse : Glenn Close, John Malkovich et Michelle Pfeiffer tiennent les rôles principaux. Le film est un triomphe planétaire, couronné par 3 Oscars. Passé aux États-Unis, Frears réalise d'abord un film noir : Les Arnaqueurs avec John Cusack, Anjelica Huston et Annette Bening puis une comédie satirique sur l'héroïsme et la célébrité interprétée par Dustin Hoffman, Andy García et Geena Davis : Héros malgré lui.

De retour au Royaume-Uni, il met en scène deux films sociaux mêlant humour et gravité : The Snapper et The Van. Il réalise ensuite Mary Reilly avec Julia Roberts qui joue une bonne fascinée par la double identité de son maître, le docteur Jekyll.

Le 9 avril 2000, il réalise la prouesse de diriger le téléfilm Point Limite en direct sur la chaîne américaine CBS. En 2003, il signe un thriller social avec Audrey Tautou : Dirty Pretty Things. Après Madame Henderson présente qui brosse le portrait d'une veuve fortunée décidant, à la fin des années 1930, de mener une revue de spectacles dévêtus, il met en scène Helen Mirren dans The Queen, primé à Venise et aux Oscars. La comédienne y tient le rôle de la reine Elisabeth II, fragilisée par le décès de son ex-belle fille Lady Diana.
Le réalisateur revient au film à costume en 2009 avec l'adaptation, qu'il a tournée en France, de Chéri de Colette, histoire d'amour à la Belle Époque entre une prostituée d'âge mûr et un jeune mondain. Il retourne ensuite en Angleterre afin d'y adapter le roman graphique de Posy Simmonds : Tamara Drewe avec Gemma Arterton. Puis il s'essaie à la comédie policière avec Lady Vegas : Les Mémoires d'une joueuse. Après le drame Philomena dans lequel il dirige de nouveau Judi Dench, il explore les dessous du dopage dans le cyclisme et revient sur l'affaire Lance Armstrong dans The Program. En 2016, il met en scène un duo d'acteurs inattendu, Meryl Streep et Hugh Grant, dans Florence Foster Jenkins une biographie filmée de la riche héritière du même nom dotée d'une passion pour l'art lyrique mais chantant terriblement faux.

Par la diversité des genres qu'il aborde et ses accents audacieux voire provocateurs, Stephen Frears est aujourd'hui considéré comme l'un des plus grands cinéastes internationaux. Il a eu la chance de diriger plusieurs grandes stars dont il a su tirer le meilleur (Hoffman, Streep, Roberts, Malkovitch, Close, Pfeiffer, Mirren, Huston, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Kathy Bates, Gary Oldman...).

Il a épousé Anne Rothenstein en 1992. Il avait eu, d'un précédent mariage, deux enfants : le réalisateur Will Frears et une fille.

Il fut président du jury au 60e Festival de Cannes, qui s'est tenu du 16 au 27 mai 2007. Le 18 mars 2009, il est fait commandeur des arts et des lettres.

Best films

The Queen (2006)
(Director)
Philomena (2013)
(Director)
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
(Director)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
(Director)
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
(Director)
Hero (1992)
(Director)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Stephen Frears (41 films)

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Actor

Great Directors, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Actors David Lynch, Todd Haynes, Stephen Frears, Agnès Varda, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater
Roles Himself
Rating63% 3.1971953.1971953.1971953.1971953.197195
Great Directors features interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles.
Cheri
Cheri (2009)
, 1h32
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones, Kathy Bates, Anita Pallenberg, Toby Kebbell
Rating61% 3.099213.099213.099213.099213.09921
Set in 1900s Belle Époque Paris, Chéri tells the story of the affair between an aging retired courtesan, Léa, and a flamboyant young man, Fred, nicknamed "Chéri" ("Dear" or "Darling").

Director

Victoria & Abdul, 1h51
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Politique, Films about the labor movement, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Julian Wadham
Rating68% 3.4009453.4009453.4009453.4009453.400945
À la fin de son règne, lors du Jubilé de 1887, on découvre la reine empêtrée par l'obséquiosité servile de son entourage. Affectivement, elle est seule depuis la mort de son mari trente ans plus tôt, ce que la scène introductive du banquet ne manque pas de souligner : les convives n'y paraissent que comme des pantins sans partager aucun affect ni propos avec la Reine. Lors de ce banquet, un seul invité se distingue : un des deux Indiens dépêchés par les autorités coloniales depuis la cité d'Agra pour présenter une pièce commémorative, et tenus par le protocole de ne jamais dévisager la Reine lorsqu'ils la lui montrent, ainsi que de se retirer le dos courbé à reculons tout le long du hall. Ce dernier ne respecte pas cette règle et tient un regard appuyé vers la Reine, laquelle ne manquera pas de le trouver beau ("handsome") en rapportant ultérieurement ses impressions auprès de son majordome. Elle réclame ensuite à nouveau sa présence, à la stupéfaction des valets.
Florence Foster Jenkins, 1h50
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Helberg, Nina Arianda, Josh O'Connor
Rating67% 3.3989453.3989453.3989453.3989453.398945
Florence Foster Jenkins, une riche héritière new-yorkaise et membre de la haute société, a une grande passion pour le chant. Bien que chantant faux, elle aspire à devenir une grande chanteuse d'opéra. Avec l'aide de son mari, St. Clair Beyfield, et du pianiste Cosmé McMoon, elle réalisera son rêve malgré son manque de talent.
The Program, 1h43
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Sports films, Cycling films
Actors Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Plemons, Dustin Hoffman, Guillaume Canet, Bryan Greenberg
Rating64% 3.2488753.2488753.2488753.2488753.248875
Un journaliste sportif irlandais est convaincu que les performances de Lance Armstrong lors de ses victoires au Tour de France sont alimentées par des substances interdites. Avec cette conviction, il commence la chasse aux preuves qui confondront Armstrong.
Philomena
Philomena (2013)
, 1h38
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about adoption, Films about children, Films about families, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Buddy films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley, Simone Lahbib, Mare Winningham, Charlie Murphy
Rating75% 3.799323.799323.799323.799323.79932
London journalist Martin Sixsmith has lost his job as a government adviser. He is approached at a party by the daughter of Philomena Lee. She suggests that he write a story about her mother, who was forced to give up her toddler son Anthony nearly fifty years ago. Though Sixsmith is initially uninterested in writing a human interest story, he meets Philomena and decides to investigate her case.
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films
Actors Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover, Frank Langella, Ed Begley Jr., Barry Levinson, Pablo Schreiber
Rating67% 3.3972353.3972353.3972353.3972353.397235
Le procès pour objection de conscience du boxeur Mohamed Ali jusqu'à la Cour suprême.
Lay the Favorite, 1h34
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy thriller
Actors Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon
Rating48% 2.404062.404062.404062.404062.40406
Beth is becoming bored with her life in Florida, doing stripteases and lap dances for private customers. Her dad, Jerry, tells her to follow her dream of moving to Las Vegas, where she seeks honest work as a cocktail waitress.
Tamara Drewe, 1h51
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality
Actors Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Roger Allam, Tamsin Greig, Cheryl Campbell
Rating61% 3.097793.097793.097793.097793.09779
Set in Ewedown, a fictitious village in Dorset, England. Tamara Drewe, a young and attractive journalist, returns home with the intention of selling her now-deceased mother's house which she has inherited, and in which she grew up. Locals are amazed at the improvement in her appearance after she had a rhinoplasty while away. Andy had been interested in her when she was a girl, and when he sees her now it is clear he is attracted to her.
Cheri
Cheri (2009)
, 1h32
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones, Kathy Bates, Anita Pallenberg, Toby Kebbell
Rating61% 3.099213.099213.099213.099213.09921
Set in 1900s Belle Époque Paris, Chéri tells the story of the affair between an aging retired courtesan, Léa, and a flamboyant young man, Fred, nicknamed "Chéri" ("Dear" or "Darling").
The Queen
The Queen (2006)
, 1h39
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Documentary
Themes Politique, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Helen McCrory, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam
Rating72% 3.6489453.6489453.6489453.6489453.648945
In the 1997 general election, Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) becomes Britain's Labour prime minister. However, the Queen (Helen Mirren) is wary of Blair and his pledge to modernise Britain, despite his promises to respect the Royal Family. Three months later, Diana, Princess of Wales dies in a car crash at the Alma Bridge tunnel in Paris. Blair's director of communications, Alastair Campbell (Mark Bazeley), prepares a speech in which Diana is described as the people's princess. The phrase catches on and millions of people across London display an outpouring of grief at Buckingham and Kensington Palaces. Meanwhile, the Royal Family is still at their summer estate in Balmoral Castle. Diana's death sparks division amongst members of the family, with some of the view that since Diana was divorced from Prince Charles (Alex Jennings) a year prior to her death, she was no longer a part of the royal family. They argue that Diana's funeral arrangements are thus best left as a private affair of her noble family, the Spencers. Charles, however, argues that the mother of a future king cannot be dismissed so lightly, and persuades the Queen to authorise the use of an aircraft of the Royal Air Force to bring Diana's body back to Britain.
Mrs Henderson Presents, 1h43
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Aviation films, Musical films, Political films
Actors Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Kelly Reilly, Will Young, Christopher Guest, Natalia Tena
Rating69% 3.4982153.4982153.4982153.4982153.498215
The film is based on the true story of the Windmill Theatre in London. Eccentric 70-year-old widow Mrs Laura Henderson purchases it as a post-widowhood hobby and appoints autocratic manager Vivian Van Damm. In 1937, they start a continuous variety revue called "Revudeville", but after other theatres in London copy this innovation, they begin losing money. Mrs Henderson suggests they add female nudity, similar to the Moulin Rouge in Paris, which is unprecedented in the United Kingdom. The Lord Chamberlain (Rowland Baring, 2nd Earl of Cromer) reluctantly allows this under the condition that the nude performers remain immobile, so the performances can be considered art, the equivalent of nude statues in museums.
The Deal
The Deal (2003)
, 1h16
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Comedy, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors David Morrissey, Michael Sheen, Dexter Fletcher, Frank Kelly, Paul Rhys, Stuart McQuarrie
Rating69% 3.495633.495633.495633.495633.49563
In the prologue, opening in medias res, shows Gordon Brown (David Morrissey) taking a telephone call from Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) to arrange a meeting at the Granita restaurant in Islington.
Dirty Pretty Things, 1h37
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about immigration, La précarité
Actors Audrey Tautou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sergi López, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Wong, Jean-Philippe Écoffey
Rating73% 3.698723.698723.698723.698723.69872
Okwe is an illegal Nigerian immigrant to the United Kingdom who drives a cab in London during the day and works at the front desk of a hotel at night. The hotel is staffed with many immigrants, both legal and illegal. Okwe keeps himself awake by chewing khat, an herbal stimulant. A doctor in his home country, he was forced to flee after being falsely accused of murdering his wife. In London, he is pressed into giving medical treatment to other poor immigrants, including fellow cab drivers with venereal diseases. Okwe's friend Guo Yi, an employee at a hospital mortuary, provides him with antibiotics under the table.
High Fidelity, 1h53
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Todd Louiso, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack
Rating74% 3.7489653.7489653.7489653.7489653.748965
The film centers on Rob Gordon (John Cusack), a self-confessed music lover with a poor understanding of women. After getting dumped by his latest girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), he decides to look up some of his old partners in an attempt to figure out where he keeps going wrong in his relationships.