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Richard Loncraine

Richard Loncraine is one of Britain's top directors with an impressive list of feature film and television projects.

He most recently directed the tele-feature My House in Umbria, starring Dame Maggie Smith, Chris Cooper and Timothy Spall; it was nominated for nine Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Directing for Loncraine), with Smith winning the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie; Loncraine also received a DGA nomination.

Loncraine's feature film directing credits include Richard III, starring Sir Ian McKellan, Dame Maggie Smith and Annette Benning (with Loncraine and McKellan's adapted screenplay receiving a BAFTA nomination and Loncraine winning the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear); The Missionary, starring Michael Palin and Dame Maggie Smith; Bellman and True (which he co-scripted), starring Bernard Hill; the controversial black comedy Brimstone & Treacle, written by Dennis Potter and starring Denholm Elliott, Dame Joan Plowright and Sting; and Full Circle, starring Mia Farrow and Keir Dullea.

Previous to My House in Umbria, Loncraine also directed the BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning The Gathering Storm, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave, with Loncraine's direction singled out for Emmy and DGA nominations. Loncraine's additional television directing credits include an episode of the award-winning Band of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks; the BAFTA-nominated Wide-Eyed and Legless, written by Jack Rosenthal and starring Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters; part of the Dennis Potter trilogy, Blade on the Feather, starring Donald Pleasance, Denholm Elliot and Tom Conti (which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Director); and Secret Orchards, starring Freddie Jones and Judy Parfitt.

For the past 18 years, Loncraine has also been a highly successful director of commercials and has won numerous prizes for his work in this field, particularly for his work involving visual effects and technical complexities (as in the British Airways Manhattan commercial).

Loncraine is also director and co-founder of Kaleidoscope Cameras Ltd., a company created to develop advanced camera lenses and equipment, including a snorkel lens and the 'Hothead,' a remote control camera which has not only become a standard piece of equipment for the film industry, but that was also recently nominated for a technical Oscar.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Richard Loncraine Facts

BirthdayOctober 20, 1946 (77)
BirthplaceCheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Day of Days
The Gathering Storm
The Special Relationship
5 Flights Up
Richard III
The Missionary
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