SYNOPSIS & BIOS
When I first met John le Carré, he was very clear about his wishes regarding the film version of his novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; “Please don’t shoot the book or remake the TV miniseries. They already exist. I’m not going to interfere, but you can call me any time if there is anything you wonder about.”
I think we have obeyed him to the letter.
Of course, you cannot encompass every detail in a book of 349 pages at the movies. But you can take themes and strands and moments, and try to describe what you see.
With Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I think we’ve made a film about loyalty and ideals, values that are extremely relevant – perhaps mostly because they are so rare these days?
-- Tomas Alfredson
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the long-awaited feature film version of John le Carré’s classic bestselling novel. The thriller is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). The screenplay adaptation is by the writing team of Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan.
The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries’ espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control (John Hurt), personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) into Hungary. But Jim’s mission goes bloodily awry, and Control is forced out of the Circus – as is his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a career spy with razor-sharp senses.
Estranged from his absent wife Ann, Smiley is soon called in to see undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney); he is to be rehired in secret at the government’s behest, as there is a gnawing fear that the Circus has long been compromised by a double agent, or mole, working for the Soviets and jeopardizing England. Supported by younger agent Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smiley parses Circus activities past and present. In trying to track and identify the mole, Smiley is haunted by his decades-earlier interaction with the shadowy Russian spy master Karla.
The mole’s trail remains cold until maverick field agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) unexpectedly contacts his handler, Guillam. While undercover in Turkey, Ricki has fallen for a betrayed married woman, Irina (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who claims to possess crucial intelligence. Separately, Smiley learns that Control narrowed down the list of mole suspects to five men. They are the ambitious Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), whom he had code-named Tinker; suavely confident Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), dubbed Tailor; stalwart Roy Bland (Ciarán Hinds), called Soldier; officious Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), dubbed Poor Man; and – Smiley himself, tagged as Spy.
Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate…
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About the Production
OUT OF THE PAST
Few writers comprehend the world of espionage as well as John le Carré, the author of over 20 novels. This comes from experience; he is a former member of Britain’s MI5 and MI6, and he worked undercover at the height of the Cold War in the mid-20th Century, which infused his work with an unrivalled credibility.
George Smiley is his most famous character; introduced in 1961 with the publication of the author’s first novel, Call for the Dead, the quiet spy would return in some of le Carré’s most famous works. Among them was what is often regarded as his finest book, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, published in 1974 and acclaimed as a masterpiece of espionage fiction.
When screenwriter Peter Morgan suggested a potential film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tim Bevan, co-chair of Working Title Films, Europe’s leading film production company, felt that – to quote Smiley – “now is the time.”
Bevan explains, “Once Peter mentioned the book, I well remembered it as John le Carré’s seminal work and the definitive Cold War story. So I approached him personally.”
The author took to the idea. “He was quite enthused,” notes Bevan, who promptly began prepping the feature with his Working Title co-chair Eric Fellner and then recruited producer Robyn Slovo, who had teamed with company prior. “The book had been very successfully adapted for television [as a 1979 U.K. miniseries] with Sir Alec Guinness playing Smiley. That was a highly esteemed production, and it was therefore quite brave of le Carré to give us his blessing. It had been a long time since the miniseries, and we were setting out to make it for a contemporary audience.
“I also think he realized that he could open himself up to a whole new audience – certainly, a younger one. The appreciation and acknowledgment of his work is increasing.”
Le Carré remarks, “I make my living and my reputation out of writing books – that’s where my heart is. But the vast majority of the public doesn’t read. Therefore, if they have access to the story through another medium, I’m delighted. If it inspires them to go and get the book, I’m doubly delighted.
“It’s a huge thrill to get together with very creative people and watch from the outside as they work in a different medium.”
Working Title has long worked with authors, “treating them with an enormous amount of respect,” reminds Bevan. “We’ve adapted a number of books into movies over the years.”
When le Carré accepted Working Title’s proposal, he insisted that the filmmakers should not remain slavishly loyal to the book. Bevan remembers, “He said he wanted us to make it as a period movie, but that we must reinterpret it.”
Le Carré reflects, “With Alec Guinness and a wonderful crowd of British treasures from the National Theatre, the television version was made, in a curious way, as a love story to a fading British establishment. It was done with great nostalgia; even the smallest, nastiest characters, were in some way huggable.
“The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy that has now been made today is without sentiment, sexier, grittier, and crueller; it had to be.”
The author adds that he believes that people continue to relate to the story because it is “not so far from corporate life, from the ordinary world. At the time of writing the novel, I thought that there was a universality that I could exploit. The book definitely resonated with the public; people wanted to reference their lives in terms of conspiracy, and that remains central to the relationship between man and the institutions he creates.
“I wanted to make a secret world accessible; these are still ordinary people going about their personal and professional lives.”
“What’s as relevant now as it was thirty-odd years ago, and will be in a hundred years’ time, is how people betray one another’s trust.”
Le Carré offers, “For me, this secret world was also a metaphor for the larger world in which we all live; we deceive one another, we deceive ourselves, we make up little stories, and we act life rather than live it.”
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While John le Carré has always maintained that the spy worlds he creates are far removed from the one in which he lived, the life experiences backing his work comes through especially strongly in the character portraits. In George Smiley, he forged an especially detailed one.
Although the late Sir Alec Guinness is most memorably associated with the part, le Carré reminds that there have been several other George Smileys. “James Mason played him,” reveals the author; the character, however, was renamed for The Deadly Affair, itself the retitled 1967 movie version of the author’s Call for the Dead. Aside from Guinness, Smiley by name has been portrayed as a lead character by Denholm Elliott, and in cameos by Rupert Davies and Arthur Lowe. On radio, Simon Russell Beale, George Cole, Bernard Hepton, and Peter Vaughan have all starred as him. For Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Gary Oldman took on the challenge of starring in a feature film as one of fiction’s most iconic spies.
Le Carré, who counted Guinness as a firm friend, notes, “I identified with Alec in one way, but with Gary in a completely different one. They’re different beasts in different products. What you feel with Gary is that he has an extraordinary command of himself as an actor; he steps right outside himself.
“With Gary you share Smiley’s pain, share the danger of life, the danger of being who he is. That is much more acute. His is a tougher Smiley. He radiates the man’s solitude, and conveys a little cruelty. I’m hypnotized by his performance.”
Oldman says, “I was very flattered to be asked to play George – just to be involved, really. Smiley is drawn from a world of John le Carré’s personal experience; all of his complex characters are so fully realized. Britain has a long espionage tradition, and I’d say we’ve spied quite well. But we have also held a rather romantic view of it, and le Carré showed the reality. I hope this movie will encourage people to discover his books.
Oldman reflects, “I’ve played many an extroverted character, so I loved portraying someone so still, so quiet. Smiley doesn’t act out. In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he’s part of a high-stakes chess game, one where everyone is intently watching how – or, if – another person is going to move.”
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About the Cast
GARY OLDMAN (George Smiley)>
Earlier this year, at the 2011 Empire Awards, Gary Oldman was honoured with the Icon Award for Achievement. An acclaimed presence in motion pictures for 25 years, he is regarded as one of the foremost actors of his generation.
Mr. Oldman is known to millions the world over for playing Sirius Black (Harry Potter’s godfather), Commissioner Jim Gordon (Batman/Bruce Wayne’s crime-fighting partner), Dracula, Beethoven, Pontius Pilate, Lee Harvey Oswald, Joe Orton, and Sid Vicious, to name just a few of his iconic characterizations whose ranks George Smiley now joins.
Over the past 18 years, the U.K. native has appeared in 11 movies that have opened in the #1 position at the box office. As part of the two most successful franchises in movie history, he has appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, and David Yates, respectively; and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises (opening in 2012).
Mr. Oldman’s acting career began in 1979, and for several years he worked exclusively in the theatre; from 1985 through 1989, he alternated film work with stage work at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Among his early telefilms were Mike Leigh’s Meantime and the late Alan Clarke’s The Firm.
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KATHY BURKE (Connie Sachs)
Kathy Burke is an actress, writer, and director. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy marks her third collaboration with Gary Oldman, acting alongside each other after first having done so a quarter-century earlier in Alex Cox’s Sid and Nancy. Ms. Burke subsequently starred in Nil by Mouth, written and directed by Mr. Oldman. Her performance in the feature earned her the Best Actress award at the 1997 Cannes International Film Festival; a British Independent Film Award (BIFA); and a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress.
Her other film work includes Mai Zetterling’s Scrubbers, which marked her feature debut; Pat O’Connor’s Dancing at Lughnasa, for which she received a Satellite Award nomination; Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth; David Kane’s This Year’s Love; Dominic Anciano and Ray Burdis’ Love, Honour, and Obey; Tony Grounds’ The Martins; Metin Hüseyin’s Anita and Me; Shane Meadows’ Once Upon a Time in the Midlands; and, reteamed with Alex Cox, Straight to Hell and Walker.
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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Peter Guillam)
One of the U.K.’s busiest actors, Benedict Cumberbatch continues to garner praise and audience attention in multiple mediums. He studied Drama at Manchester University before training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
He will soon be seen starring on-screen in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s novel. Currently, he is at work for Peter Jackson playing the dragon Smaug in the two highly anticipated The Hobbit movies. His earlier films include Joe Wright’s Atonement, also for Focus Features and Working Title Films; Justin Chadwick’s The Other Boleyn Girl; Tom Vaughan’s Starter for 10, adapted by David Nicholls from the latter’s novel; Jon Amiel’s Creation; Christopher Morris’ Four Lions; Hattie Dalton’s Third Star; Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace, for which he received a London Critics Circle Film Award nomination; Dictynna Hood’s soon-to-be-released Wreckers; and Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower.
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DAVID DENCIK (Toby Esterhase)
David Dencik will presently be seen by worldwide film audiences in three of the most eagerly awaited pictures of 2011. These are Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, also with his Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy colleague Benedict Cumberbatch; and David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He was also in the earlier film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by Niels Arden Oplev, but in a different role; he is the only actor to appear in both features.
Raised in Denmark, Mr. Dencik graduated from Teaterhögskolan in Stockholm, Sweden in 2003, and has since become one of the most popular and respected character actors in both countries; he is fluent in both languages, and in several more besides. He spent several years at Dramaten, the esteemed National Swedish Theatre, playing a number of roles. He has also performed with the Royal Danish Theatre. His many Swedish and Danish television credits include the Wallander and The Killing.
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COLIN FIRTH (Bill Haydon)
For his performance as King George VI in The King’s Speech, Colin Firth won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, and Critics’ Choice Film Awards for Best Actor, among other honors.
In 2010 Mr. Firth picked up many of the same accolades for his role in Tom Ford’s A Single Man.
A classically trained theatre actor, Mr. Firth’s theatre debut was in Stuart Burge’s West End production of Another Country. On the small screen, his breakout role came with the 1995 BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Darcy.
Other notable movies include; The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Valmont, Apartment Zero, Girl with a Pearl Earring and the worldwide phenomenon Mamma Mia!
He recently wrapped production on Michael Hoffman’s Gambit, opposite Cameron Diaz; and next begins work on an untitled dark comedy for director Dante Ariola, opposite Emily Blunt.
Mr. Firth is an active supporter of Oxfam International, In 2008 he was named Philanthropist of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2006, he was voted European Campaigner of the Year by the European Union.
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STEPHEN GRAHAM (Jerry Westerby)
Through the fall of 2011, U.K. actor Stephen Graham can be seen in his continuing role as U.S. gangster Al Capone on the acclaimed television series Boardwalk Empire; earlier this year the show garnered the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
The actor’s breakout was his performance as Combo in Shane Meadows’ BAFTA Award winner This is England, for which he received a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nomination. He reprised his role in the follow-up miniseries This is England ’86.
Mr. Graham next begins work on Susanna White’s miniseries Parade’s End, starring with Benedict Cumberbatch of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
His other feature films include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Public Enemies, both alongside Johnny Depp; Texas Killing Fields; The Damned United; London Boulevard; Best Laid Plans; and Gangs of New York.
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TOM HARDY (Ricki Tarr)
Tom Hardy is one of the film industry’s most sought-after actors. He began his screen career in the celebrated television miniseries Band of Brothers and subsequently starred onstage in London’s West End, winning the 2003 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer. He is currently at work on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, in which he plays the antagonist Bane to Christian Bale’s Batman, and has just finished John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County with Gary Oldman of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Mr. Hardy will also soon be seen starring in Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior; and opposite Reese Witherspoon in McG’s This Means War. He next begins work on George Miller’s long-awaited Fury Road.
Mr. Hardy’s other notable films include Inception, RocknRolla, Marie Antoinette, Layer Cake, Star Trek: Nemesis and Black Hawk Down.
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CIARÁN HINDS (Roy Bland)
Ciarán Hinds began his acting career with The Glasgow Citizens Theatre, and was a company member for many years. He has performed all over Ireland and will star in the fall of 2011 as Captain Jack in Juno and the Paycock at the Abbey in Dublin.
Mr. Hinds has also toured with Peter Brook’s company in The Mahabharata and has starred with and/or at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre.
Worldwide television audiences saw him as Julius Caesar in the series Rome, this followed his starring roles in The Mayor of Casterbridge and Jane Eyre, opposite Samantha Morton.
Mr. Hinds’ many feature film credits include Road to Perdition, The Phantom of the Opera, Calendar Girls, Munich, Miami Vice, Hallam Foe, There Will Be Blood, Life During Wartime, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and the soon-to-be-released The Woman in Black.
In 2010, Mr. Hinds was honored with the Dublin International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award.
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JOHN HURT (Control)
John Hurt is one of Britain’s best-known, most critically acclaimed, and most versatile actors.
Mr. Hurt acting career was launched when he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He made his West End stage debut in 1962 in Harold Pinter’s The Dwarfs for which he won the 1963 Critics’ Award for Most Promising Actor.
For television, he notably played Caligula and Raskolnikov, respectively, in the miniseries I, Claudius and Crime and Punishment; and Quentin Crisp in Jack Gold’s telefilm The Naked Civil Servant.
Mr. Hurt has twice been nominated for Academy Awards, for his performances in Midnight Express and The Elephant Man, which also brought him BAFTA Awards. Midnight Express also earned him a Golden Globe Award.
A trio of movies collectively garnered him the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor of 1984; The Hit, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Champions. His dozens of other films include A Man For All Seasons, Alien, The Field, Scandal, Rob Roy, Shooting Dogs and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Recent works include Lars von Trier’s Melancholia starring Kirstin dunst; and Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and The Limits of Control.
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TOBY JONES (Percy Alleline)
Millions of moviegoers have heard Toby Jones as the heroic elf Dobby in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. in December 2011 he will be seen and heard as Silk in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
He won a London Critics Circle Film Award for his performance as legendary author Truman Capote in Infamous. He has since received additional nominations from the Circle for his performances in The Painted Veil, W and Frost/Nixon.
Other feature credits include Simon Curtis’ soon-to-be-released My Week with Marilyn, Red Lights, Berberian Sound Studio, Captain America: The First Avenger and Mrs. Henderson Presents. Currently, he is at work on Snow White and the Huntsman, with Kristen Stewart; and the highly anticipated The Hunger Games.
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SVETLANA KHODCHENKOVA (Irina)
Svetlana Khodchenkova was born in Moscow. She was spotted by the famous Russian director Stanislav Govorukhin and cast in the lead role of his feature film Bless the Woman. Which she earned a Nika Award (Russia’s Academy Awards equivalent) for her performance. Ever since, Ms. Khodchenkova has remained one of Russia’s busiest actresses, starring in films and television, and working in the theater.
She soon reunited with Stanislav Govorukhin for another feature, Not by Bread Alone. She has since starred in such films as Waldemar Krzystek’s Little Moscow, for which she was named Best Actress at the 2009 Polish Film Festival; Pavel Sanayev’s Kilometer Zero; the two hit Love in the City movies directed by Marius Balchunas; Sarik Andreasyan’s Office Romance – Our Time; and, most recently, Karen Oganesyan’s Five Brides.
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SIMON McBURNEY (Oliver Lacon)
Director, actor, and writer Simon McBurney is one of the most innovative and influential artists working in theatre today. He was the recipient of the Olivier, Evening Standard, and London Critics Circle Awards for Best Play for A Disappearing Number.
The co-founder of the troupe Complicité (originally named Théâtre de Complicité), Mr. McBurney has written, directed and acted in more than forty productions for the company.
Mr. McBurney is the recipient of the 2008 Berlin Academy of Arts Konrad Wolf Prize for outstanding multi-disciplinary artists. Also in 2008, he became the first non-Japanese director to receive the Yomiuri Theatre Awards Grand Prize, for his staging of Shun-kin.
As an actor, he performs extensively in film and television. Films have included Bright Young Things, The Manchurian Candidate, The Last King of Scotland, The Golden Compass, The Duchess, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, as the voice of Kreacher; and the recent Jane Eyre.
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MARK STRONG (Jim Prideaux)
One of today’s most compelling and charismatic actors, Mark Strong will soon be seen in Andrew Stanton’s John Carter; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold; and Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch.
Moviegoers have seen him in notable collaborations over the years with directors Guy Ritchie, on Sherlock Holmes, RocknRolla, and Revolver; Ridley Scott, on Robin Hood and Body of Lies, and Matthew Vaughn, on Kick-Ass and Stardust.
Mr. Strong’s other films include The Way Back, The Guard, Green Lantern, The Young Victoria, Endgame, Sunshine, Oliver Twist, Tristan + Isolde and Fever Pitch.
He was a BAFTA Award nominee for his performance in The Long Firm. His other telefilm and miniseries credits include Our Friends in the North, Low Winter Sun (which won the BAFTA [Scotland] Award for Best Drama), The Jury, Emma and Prime Suspect 3 and Prime Suspect 6.
Mr. Strong obtained an Olivier Award nomination for his performance in Sam Mendes’ Donmar Warehouse staging of Twelfth Night.
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About the Filmmakers
TOMAS ALFREDSON (Director)
Tomas Alfredson came to prominence in the world film community when he directed the much-beloved 2008 feature Let the Right One In. The film screened at over 30 international film festivals and won several dozen awards worldwide; received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film and is cited on many of the annual 10 Best lists.
Mr. Alfredson started his career with the Swedish television channel TV4 where he was a key part of building the entertainment department. He then spent the next few years at SVT, the Swedish public broadcaster. In the early 1990s, he directed his first television series for SVT’s drama department, Bert. When the popular title character migrated to the big screen in 1995, in Bert - den siste oskulden [Bert – The Last Virgin], Mr. Alfredson was nominated for the Best Director Guldbagge Award (Sweden’s official film award).
By the close of the 1990s, he had become part of Killinggänget (a comedy group consisting of Sweden’s most prominent comedians) He worked on the mockumenatry Torsk på Tallin [Screwed in Tallin] which won both Swedish and international awards. In 2001, he was awarded the Swedish Film Critic Association scholarship by the Elisabet Sörenson memorial foundation.
In 2004, Mr. Alfredson directed Killinggänget’s first feature film, Four Shades of Brown. The film won four Guldbagge Awards, including Best Director. In the fall of 2009, he made his stage debut as a director at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm together with Killinggänget.
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TIM BEVAN and ERIC FELLNER (Producers)
Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is Europe’s leading film production company, making movies that defy boundaries as well as demographics.
Founded in 1983, Working Title has made nearly 100 films that have grossed nearly $5 billion worldwide. Its films have won 6 Academy Awards (Dead Man Walking, Fargo, Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Atonement), 26 BAFTA Awards, and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals.
Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner have been honoured with two of the highest film awards given to British filmmakers; the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, at the Orange British Academy Film [BAFTA] Awards, and the Alexander Walker Film Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. They have also both been honoured with CBEs (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire).
Its worldwide successes (in addition to those mentioned above) include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Billy Elliot, Notting Hill, The Interpreter; both Bridget Jones movies, Pride & Prejudice, United 93, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
The success of Billy Elliot on film has since been repeated on the London, Sydney, and Broadway stages. Director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Lee Hall reunited for the stage musical version, with songs composed by Sir Elton John. The hit production, marking Working Title’s debut theatrical venture (co-produced with Old Vic Prods.), continues to play to full houses in London and New York, having garnered nine 2005 Olivier Award nominations, with a win for Best New Musical; and fifteen 2009 Tony Award nominations, winning ten including Best Musical.
The 2011/2012 slate includes Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale; Rowan Atkinson in Johnny English Reborn, directed by Oliver Parker; and Ken Kwapis’ Everybody Loves Whales, starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, and Kristen Bell.
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ROBYN SLOVO (Producer)
Robyn Slovo began her career writing and producing for the stage. She segued to reading and story-editing for film and television, and in 1993 became executive in charge of all development for BBC Single Drama/Films. While at the BBC, she worked on a diverse slate of feature films, telefilms, and television dramas.
In 1997, Ms. Slovo joined George Faber and Charles Pattinson in forming Company Pictures. She was head of film at the U.K. production company, remaining with Company for a decade. Company credits during her stint there included Stephen Hopkins’ The Life and Death of Peter Sellers; the original U.K. television series Shameless; Terry Johnson’s Not Only But Always; and Tom Hooper’s Elizabeth I.
Among her credits are producing Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar, starring Samantha Morton; co-producing Norman Jewison’s The Statement, starring Michael Caine; and executive-producing Penny Woolcock’s Mischief Night and Dan Wilde’s Alpha Male.
Robyn Slovo attended school and college in the U.K., where she continues to live and work.
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JOHN LE CARRÉ (Novel, Executive Producer)
John le Carré is the nom de plume of David John Moore Cornwell, who was born in Poole, Dorset.
Mr. Cornwell was educated at Sherborne School, at the University of Berne and at Lincoln College, Oxford. He graduated from the latter with a first-class honors degree in modern languages.
He taught at Eton from 1956 to 1958, and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg.
He started writing novels in 1961, and since then has published the following titles, twenty-two in total: Call for the Dead, A Murder of Quality, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, The Looking Glass War, A Small Town in Germany, The Naïve and Sentimental Lover, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy, Smiley’s People, The Little Drummer Girl, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, The Secret Pilgrim, The Night Manager, Our Game, The Tailor of Panama, Single & Single, The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, A Most Wanted Man, and Our Kind of Traitor. Several of the novels have been made into film or television productions; the movie version of The Constant Gardener, brought Rachel Weisz the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, among other accolades.
Mr. Cornwell is an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and has Honorary Doctorates at Exeter University, The University of St. Andrews, Bath University, The University of Southampton, and The University of Plymouth.
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