Hugh Hudson

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
While he has not proven to be a prolific filmmaker, Hugh Hudson has directed a handful of fascinating and well-crafted movies, nearly all of which center on the theme of search for identity. On various levels, his early ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1936 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (11)

The Tortoise and the Hare 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

I Dreamed of Africa 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

My Life So Far 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Lost Angels 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Revolution 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Midnight Express 1978 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

12 Squadron Buccaneers 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Fangio 1976 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Midnight Sun (Hyde Park) 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fangio 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

The Tortoise and the Hare 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

While he has not proven to be a prolific filmmaker, Hugh Hudson has directed a handful of fascinating and well-crafted movies, nearly all of which center on the theme of search for identity. On various levels, his early films play out as veiled autobiography--the events and characters may not line up exactly, but the overarching arc of the story reflects his concerns and mirrors his life.

EDUCATION

attended English boarding schools from the age of seven

Eton College

graduated

Milestones

2000

Directed the biopic "I Dreamed of Africa", which starred Kim Basinger as African wildlife expert Kuki Gallmann

1997

Reteamed with David Puttnam for "My Life So Far/World of Moss", a coming-of-age drama set in Scotland in the 1920s and 1930s; based on the memoir by Sir Denis Forman; released in the USA in 1999

1989

Last film for nearly a decade, "Lost Angels"

1985

Experienced boxoffice failure with "Revolution", a father-son drama set against the background of the colonial rebellion in America

1984

Debut as feature producer with "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes"; also directed

1981

Feature directorial debut, "Chariots of Fire"; film earned seven Oscar nominations including one for Best Director; won four including Best Picture; also initial screen collaboration with David Puttnam

1978

Feature debut, served as 2nd unit director on Parker's "Midnight Express"

1975

Wrote and directed "Fangio", a biographical documentary of the world champion race car driver

1975

Formed Hudson Film; shared offices with Alan Parker

1969

Teamed with Ridley Scott to make TV commercials

1966

First screenplay credit, the award-winning short documentary, "The Tortise and the Hare"; also produced and directed

1965

Solo directorial debut with the documentary, "Birth of a Twin"

1963

Company produced first documentary, "A... Is For Apple"; co-directed with John Burrows

1960

Returned to London and formed the production company, Cammell-Hudson-Brownjohn (date approximate)

Worked at a London advertising agency as head of its casting department

Made first amateur film as a child; movie was set during Cromwell's reign

Spent two years in Paris editing documentaries

Raised in London, Shropshire, and Scotland

Entered the army for compulsory national service upon finishing Eton

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