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Not to be confused with Michael Winterbottom (academic). Michael Winterbottom_sentence_0

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BornMichael Winterbottom_header_cell_0_1_0 (1961-03-29) 29 March 1961 (age 59)

Blackburn, Lancashire, EnglandMichael Winterbottom_cell_0_1_1

OccupationMichael Winterbottom_header_cell_0_2_0 Film directorMichael Winterbottom_cell_0_2_1
Spouse(s)Michael Winterbottom_header_cell_0_3_0 Sabrina Broadbent (div.)Michael Winterbottom_cell_0_3_1
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Michael Winterbottom (born 29 March 1961) is an English filmmaker. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_1

He began his career working in British television before moving into features. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_2

Three of his films—Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People—have competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_3

Winterbottom often works with the same actors; many faces can be seen in several of his films, including Shirley Henderson, Paul Popplewell, John Simm, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Raymond Waring and Kieran O'Brien. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_4

His production company is Revolution Films and the company signed a first look deal with Fremantle. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_5

Early life Michael Winterbottom_section_0

Winterbottom was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_6

He went to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn, and then studied English at Balliol College, Oxford before going to film school at Bristol University, where his contemporaries included Marc Evans. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_7

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Early television career Michael Winterbottom_section_2

Winterbottom's television directing career began with a documentary about Ingmar Bergman and an episode of the children's series Dramarama in 1989. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_8

He followed this with the television film Forget About Me in 1990, starring Ewen Bremner, which followed two British soldiers who become involved in a love triangle with a young Hungarian hitch-hiker on their way to Budapest for a Simple Minds concert. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_9

In 1991, he directed episodes of various British TV shows, including the 4-part children's series Time Riders and an episode of Boon. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_10

In 1992, he directed the television film Under the Sun about a young British woman traveling in Greece, starring Kate Hardie. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_11

In 1993, he directed an episode of the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries; Love Lies Bleeding, a television film written by Ronan Bennett about a convicted IRA member on a 24-hour home leave from prison in Belfast; and The Mad Woman in the Attic, the pilot of Jimmy McGovern's mystery series Cracker. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_12

He next directed the 1994 mini-series Family, written by Roddy Doyle. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_13

Each of four episodes focused on one member of a working-class Dublin family. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_14

It was this series that first brought Winterbottom to the attention of filmgoers, when it was edited down into a feature and shown at festivals. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_15

His final early television project was a 1995 episode of the documentary series Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, focusing on Scandinavian silent cinema. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_16

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Winterbottom's 1995 cinematic debut firmly established his intense visual sense, naturalistic style and compelling use of pop songs to reinforce narrative. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_17

The story of a mentally unbalanced lesbian serial killer and her submissive lover/accomplice falling in love as they slaughter their way across the motorways of Northern England. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_18

It found only a limited release. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_19

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  • Go NowMichael Winterbottom_item_1_1

That same year, he reunited with Jimmy McGovern for the BBC television film Go Now, the story of a young man who falls ill with multiple sclerosis just as he meets the love of his life. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_20

Focusing on the turmoil this causes the couple, the film was given a theatrical release in many countries, including the United States. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_21

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  • JudeMichael Winterbottom_item_2_2

In 1996, Winterbottom adapted his favourite novel, Thomas Hardy's bleak classic Jude the Obscure, the tale of forbidden love between two cousins which had so scandalized British society on its release in 1895 that Hardy gave up novel-writing. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_22

It was not Winterbottom's first time approaching the work, having already filmed the pig slaughter sequence at film school. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_23

Starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet, Jude brought Winterbottom wider recognition, his first screening at Cannes and numerous Hollywood offers, all of which he eventually turned down. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_24

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Welcome to Sarajevo was filmed on location in the titular city, mere months after the Siege of Sarajevo had ended, adding greatly to its sense of authenticity and allowing frequent inter-cutting of actual news footage from the combat. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_25

The film is based on the true story of a British reporter, Michael Nicholson, who spirited a young orphan girl out of the war zone to safety in Britain. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_26

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Winterbottom's next two films both had distribution difficulties and were not widely seen. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_27

I Want You is a neo-noir sex thriller set in a decaying British seaside resort town. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_28

Starring Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola, it was shot in bold primary colors by the Polish cinematographer Slawomir Idziak and was inspired by the Elvis Costello song of the same name. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_29

Idziak won an Honourable Mention award at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival for his work on the film. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_30

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With or Without You, starring Christopher Eccleston, is a light Belfast-set sex comedy about a couple who are trying desperately to conceive, only for each to have past loves re-enter their lives. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_31

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1999's Wonderland marked a decided shift in style for Winterbottom, with its loose, handheld photography and naturalistic, often improvised dialogue which drew comparisons to Robert Altman. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_32

Featuring Gina McKee, Shirley Henderson, John Simm, Ian Hart and Stuart Townsend, it is the story of three sisters and their extended family over the Guy Fawkes Day weekend in London. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_33

The disparate elements are tied together by an orchestral score by minimalist composer Michael Nyman, who would become a frequent collaborator with Winterbottom. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_34

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Winterbottom followed that project up with his biggest budgeted film, The Claim, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge set in 1860s California. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_35

Shot with a budget of $20 million in the wilds of Canada, it was not a financial success and proved an ordeal to make, with Winterbottom himself getting frostbite. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_36

The production had previously been ready to shoot in Spain, with sets already built, when financing fell through. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_37

Attempts were made to cast Madonna, in a role eventually played by Milla Jovovich and many of the production details and difficulties were explained to the public on an unusually frank official website. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_38

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24 Hour Party People documents the anarchic, drug and sex-fueled rise and fall of the influential label Factory Records and the music scene in Manchester from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_39

As much an ode to the city of Manchester as the story of the contemporary musical world, the film stars Steve Coogan as broadcaster/music-mogul Tony Wilson. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_40

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His 2002 film In This World depicts the harrowing journey of two Afghan refugees from Pakistan, across the Middle East and Europe to Britain which they try to enter with the help of people smugglers. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_41

Shot on digital video with non-professional actors who virtually lived out the events of the film, its compelling sense of reality brought Winterbottom numerous awards including a Golden Bear and a BAFTA for best film not in the English language. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_42

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  • Code 46Michael Winterbottom_item_10_10

The futuristic romantic mystery Code 46 is a retelling of the Oedipus myth, in a world where cloning has created people so interrelated that strict laws (the Code 46 of the title) govern human reproduction. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_43

Essentially a film noir, it follows a fraud investigator played by Tim Robbins as he investigates a femme fatale played by Samantha Morton. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_44

The film's highly stylized settings were created on a limited budget by taking the tiny crew around the world, shooting in places which already looked like one hundred years in the future. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_45

Much of the film was shot in Shanghai, while Dubai and Rajasthan in India were also variously mixed to create a multi-ethnic melting-pot culture. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_46

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  • 9 SongsMichael Winterbottom_item_11_11

9 Songs, released in 2004, gained attention as the most sexually explicit film ever to receive a certificate for general release in the UK. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_47

It charts a year-long relationship between two lovers, almost exclusively through their sexual interaction and various rock concerts the couple attend. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_48

During these concerts, the nine songs of the film's title often comment on the couple's relationship. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_49

The film became notorious in the UK for its candid scenes of unsimulated sex between the leads, Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_50

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He followed that with 2006's A Cock and Bull Story, which was released in the United States and Australia as Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_51

It is an adaptation of the famously "unfilmable" The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, one of the earliest novels. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_52

Shandy is a narrator so easily distracted in relating his life story that by the end of the book he has not yet come to his own birth. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_53

The film, similarly, is about the making of a film of Tristram Shandy, and the impossibility of that task. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_54

Moreover, it deals with the impossibility of capturing the complexity of life in a work of art, but the value of the attempt. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_55

Steve Coogan stars as himself and as Shandy. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_56

The film also marks the end of Winterbottom's lengthy collaboration with writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, who chose to be credited under the pseudonym Martin Hardy. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_57

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Winterbottom's The Road to Guantanamo is a docu-drama about the "Tipton Three", three British Muslims captured by US forces in Afghanistan who spent two years as prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp as alleged enemy combatants. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_58

It was shot in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran (which doubled as Cuba) in the autumn of 2005. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_59

It premiered at the Berlinale on 14 February 2006. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_60

It debuted in the UK on television, on 9 March, as it was co-financed by Channel 4. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_61

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A Mighty Heart is based on the book by Mariane Pearl, wife of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_62

The film stars Angelina Jolie and focuses on the pregnant Mariane's search for her missing husband in Pakistan in 2002. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_63

Produced by Jolie's partner Brad Pitt, it was shot in the autumn of 2006 in India, Pakistan and France and premiered out of competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May 2007. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_64

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Genova is a family drama about an Englishman, played by Colin Firth, who moves his two American daughters to Italy following the death of his wife. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_65

Once there, the oldest girl starts exploring her sexuality, while the younger girl begins to see the ghost of her mother. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_66

It co-stars Catherine Keener and Hope Davis and was filmed in the titular city of Genoa, Italy, during the summer of 2007. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_67

It was written by Wonderland screenwriter Laurence Coriat. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_68

It premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and Winterbottom later won the Silver Shell for best director at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_69

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  • The Shock DoctrineMichael Winterbottom_item_16_16

Winterbottom was reunited with his The Road to Guantanamo co-director Mat Whitecross on a documentary based on Naomi Klein's bestselling book The Shock Doctrine. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_70

The film follows the use of upheavals and disasters by various governments as a cover for the implementation of free market economic policies that benefit only an elite few. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_71

Klein at first disowned the film after learning that it would be composed almost entirely of period footage and narration, with virtually no interview material with sources. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_72

The film premiered at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and aired in the UK on Channel 4's More4 documentary channel on 1 September 2009. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_73

It made its American premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, alongside Winterbottom's following film. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_74

At the festival, Klein, who had reconciled herself with the filmmakers' approach, participated in a Q&A with Winterbottom and Whitecross. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_75

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Winterbottom's film of Jim Thompson's 1952 noir novel, starring Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba is a period film which follows a small town Texas sheriff (Affleck), who is also a psychotic killer, through his descent into complete madness. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_76

It premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and caused controversy for the realistic brutality of its violence toward women. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_77

In his defence, Winterbottom said, "It's not the real world. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_78

It's kind of a parallel version of the real world... Michael Winterbottom_sentence_79

I was taken in by that world." Michael Winterbottom_sentence_80

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  • The TripMichael Winterbottom_item_18_18

This improvised six-episode comedy series, filmed in the English Lake District, stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as the semi-fictionalized versions of themselves they previously played in A Cock and Bull Story. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_81

Coogan, an actor unhappy with his career, agrees to write a series of restaurant reviews for The Observer in order to impress his girlfriend Misha (Margo Stilley). Michael Winterbottom_sentence_82

As the series opens, she has dumped him and he invites Brydon to take her place on the holiday. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_83

Each episode of the series takes place largely over a different gourmet meal, the restaurant names giving each episode their title. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_84

The episodes were edited down into a feature film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, while the full series aired on BBC Two starting in November 2010. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_85

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  • TrishnaMichael Winterbottom_item_19_19

Winterbottom's modern retelling of Tess of the d'Urbervilles is his third Thomas Hardy film. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_86

It stars Riz Ahmed and Freida Pinto and was shot in Jaipur and Mumbai, India in early 2011. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_87

It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2011. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_88

It was released in the UK on 9 March 2012 and in the US on 13 July. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_89

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  • EverydayMichael Winterbottom_item_20_20

Known during its lengthy production variously as Seven Days and then Here and There, the film stars John Simm as a man imprisoned for drug-smuggling and charts his relationship with his wife, played by Shirley Henderson. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_90

Written by Winterbottom and Laurence Coriat, the film was shot a few weeks at a time over a five-year period from 2007–2012 to reflect the protagonist's time in prison and achieve an authentic aging process. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_91

Everyday premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on 3 September 2012, and then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2012. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_92

The film was produced by Britain's Channel 4 and premiered in the UK on television on 15 November 2012, later released theatrically on 18 January 2013. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_93

At the Stockholm International Film Festival in November, the film was awarded the FIPRESCI-Award. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_94

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The Look of Love, originally announced as The King of Soho until that title had to be dropped due to a legal dispute, is a biography of famed British pornographer/strip club owner/real estate entrepreneur Paul Raymond which reteams Winterbottom with Steve Coogan, who plays Raymond. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_95

The film costars Imogen Poots, Anna Friel and Tamsin Egerton and was written by Matt Greenhalgh. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_96

It was released in the UK on 26 April 2013. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_97

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Winterbottom filmed a second series of the hit BBC show in the summer of 2013, this time taking Coogan and Brydon on a culinary driving tour through Italy. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_98

It follows the route of the RomanticsPercy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and John Keats. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_99

Like the first series, IFC Films distributed it in the US as a shorter feature-length film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_100

The full series aired on BBC Two in April 2014. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_101

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Winterbottom returned to Italy in November 2013 to shoot The Face of an Angel, starring Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, and Cara Delevingne. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_102

The film was written by Paul Viragh and was inspired partly by the book Angel Face by Barbie Latza Nadeau, about the dramatic, headline-making trial, conviction and eventual acquittal of American student Amanda Knox for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_103

However, the film is not about the actual Knox case, but offers a fictionalized version of it, focusing instead on a filmmaker (Brühl) who becomes obsessed with the case. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_104

Winterbottom traveled to Perugia, Italy in 2010 and attended court hearings in the Knox case for research on the project. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_105

He said at the time that the film would be fictionalized and focus on journalists and the media circus surrounding the trial more than on the actual events in dispute. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_106

The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_107

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Winterbottom began shooting this documentary in October 2014. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_108

The film, hosted by comedian Russell Brand, looks at the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and global economic inequality. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_109

It premiered in London on 21 April 2015, followed by its international premiere on 24 April 2015 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_110

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  • On the RoadMichael Winterbottom_item_25_25

The film follows the British band Wolf Alice, focusing on two fictional members of the band's crew, played by Leah Harvey and James McArdle, while the band is on tour. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_111

It premiered on 9 October 2016 at the BFI London Film Festival. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_112

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Winterbottom reunited with Coogan and Brydon for a third six-episode series in which the duo travel through Spain, visiting Cantabria, the Basque region, Aragon, La Rioja, Castile-La Mancha and Andalusia. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_113

The series began filming in September 2016 As with the previous instalments, it premiered on 6 April 2017 as a 6-part weekly TV series on Sky Atlantic, and as a shorter feature film on 22 April 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_114

The film was released in the US on 11 August 2017. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_115

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This thriller follows a mysterious young British Muslim man who travels to Pakistan to kidnap a young woman on the eve of her arranged marriage. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_116

It stars Dev Patel and Radhika Apte and started filming in Jaipur, India and other locations in Rajasthan in February 2018. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_117

It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2018. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_118

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  • GreedMichael Winterbottom_item_28_28

Greed is a comedy satirizing the lives of the ultra-rich, starring Steve Coogan as a fictional retail fashion magnate, Isla Fisher as his wife, and David Mitchell as a journalist hired to write the billionaire's life story. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_119

The film is set at the billionaire's disastrous 60th birthday party on Mykonos, and explores the divide between the character's wealth and the abject poverty of the workers who produce his products. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_120

The project was previously set to star Sacha Baron Cohen. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_121

Winterbottom completed photography in December 2018. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_122

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2019. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_123

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Coogan and Brydon announced in January 2019 that they would reunite with Winterbottom for a fourth series of their popular programme, set in Greece. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_124

Filming began on 12 June 2019. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_125

It premiered on 3 March 2020 as a 6-part weekly TV series on SkyOne. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_126

It was again edited down into a feature film in the US, whose planned theatrical release by IFC Films in summer 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_127

It premiered with a digital and on demand release on 22 May 2020. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_128

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  • Europe C-19Michael Winterbottom_item_30_30

Winterbottom began filming his portion of this film on 5 September 2020. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_129

The documentary feature is to contain five 15 minute segments from directors across Europe, with Winterbottom handling the UK portion. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_130

The other portions are being directed by Julia von Heinz (Germany), Fernando León de Aranoa (Spain), Jaco Van Dormael (Belgium), and Michele Placido (Italy). Michael Winterbottom_sentence_131

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  • This Sceptred IsleMichael Winterbottom_item_31_31

Winterbottom is developing a TV miniseries, which he will co-write and direct, focusing on Boris Johnson's leadership of Britain, starting with his appointment as prime minister and continuing through the COVID-19 pandemic, when Johnson caught the virus and became critically ill, while his partner gave birth to their son, and Britain suffered among the worst death tolls in the world. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_132

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Winterbottom is developing a 10-part TV series with Annapurna Pictures about the war in Syria, focusing on the involvement of foreign journalists and Non-governmental organizations. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_133

He first announced in May 2017 that he was researching the project. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_134

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  • The Vatican ConnectionMichael Winterbottom_item_33_33

Winterbottom was attached in May 2014 to direct a feature adaptation of Richard Hammer's 1982 book The Vatican Connection, the true story of how NYPD detective Joe Coffey uncovered connections between the Vatican and the Mafia while investigating a local New York mobster, leading to a global investigation. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_135

It was to be written by Paul Viragh, based on an earlier script by Alessandro Camon. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_136

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  • The Longest Cocktail PartyMichael Winterbottom_item_34_34

Winterbottom was attached in October 2011 to direct an adaption of Richard DiLello's 1973 book, The Longest Cocktail Party. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_137

It was to tell the story of Apple Corps, the record company formed by The Beatles in 1968. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_138

It was to follow the company and its staff, including DiLello and Derek Taylor, from 1968 to its closure in 1970, when The Beatles split. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_139

The book was set to be adapted by Jesse Armstrong and co-produced by Andrew Eaton and Liam Gallagher. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_140

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  • BailoutMichael Winterbottom_item_35_35

Winterbottom was attached in May 2011 to direct this adaptation of author Jess Walter's novel The Financial Lives of the Poets, which Walter adapted for the screen. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_141

Set to star Jack Black, the film was to follow a man who loses his job and must keep his family afloat by working as a pot dealer. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_142

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  • The Promised LandMichael Winterbottom_item_36_36

Jim Sturgess, Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen were at one point set to star in this political thriller set in 1930s/1940s Palestine. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_143

Sturgess and Macfadyen were to play two British police officers hunting Zionist militant Avraham Stern, while Firth would play an official of the British Mandate government. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_144

The screenplay was written by Winterbottom and Laurence Coriat. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_145

Although the film never entered production, Winterbottom did shoot documentary footage in Israel with surviving participants in the events. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_146

Personal life Michael Winterbottom_section_6

Winterbottom was previously married to Sabrina Broadbent, with whom he has two daughters. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_147

After their divorce, Broadbent wrote her debut novel, Descent: An Irresistible Tragicomedy of Everyday Life, a roman à clef about their marriage. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_148

Winterbottom is an atheist. Michael Winterbottom_sentence_149

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