Newell, Mike 1942–

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NEWELL, Mike 1942


Born March 28, 1942, in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England; parents, amateur actors; married; wife's name, Bernice; children: three, including Lizzie and Billy. Education: Cambridge University, degree in English.

Addresses: Office Fifty Cannon Entertainment, 1950 Sawtelle Blvd., Suite 333, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Agent International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Director, producer, and executive. Granada Television, directorial trainee for three years; Dogstar Films, London, cofounder; Fifty Cannon Entertainment, Beverly Hills, CA, chair. Director of commercials, including a political spot for the British Labour Party.

Awards, Honors: Award of the Youth, best foreign film, Cannes Film Festival, 1985, for Dance with a Stranger; Cleveland International Film Festival Award, best film, 1992, for Enchanted April; Cleveland International Film Festival Award, best film, 1993, Starboy Award, Oulu International Children's' Film Festival, 1993, Young Artist Award, outstanding family foreign film, 1994, and Golden Calf, best European film, Nederlands Film Festival, 1994, all for Into the West; Australian Film Institute Award, best foreign film, 1994, Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in motion pictures, Film Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, David Lean Award, direction and best film (with Duncan Kenworthy), ALFS Award, British director of the year, London Critics Circle, Cesar Award, best foreign film, Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema, and Film Award in Gold, best foreign film, Guild of German Art House Cinemas, all 1995, all for Four Weddings and a Funeral; nomination for Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 1995, for An Awfully Big Adventure; Third Place Award, best director, Boston Society of Film Critics, and Screen International Award nomination, European Film Awards, both 1997, for Donnie Brasco.


Film Director:

The Awakening, Warner Bros., 1980.

Bad Blood, Southern Pictures/New Zealand Film Commission, 1983.

Dance with a Stranger, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1985.

The Good Father (released in England on television), Skouras, 1986.

Amazing Grace and Chuck (also known as Silent Voice ), TriStar, 1987.

Soursweet, British Screen/Film Four/Zenith, 1988.

Enchanted April, Miramax, 1992.

Into the West, Miramax/Family Films, 1993.

Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gramercy, 1994.

An Awfully Big Adventure, Fine Line, 1995.

At Sundance (documentary), 1995.

Donnie Brasco, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1997.

Pushing Tin (also known as TurbulenzenUnd andere Katastrophen ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1999.

Mona Lisa Smile, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2003.

Film Executive Producer:

Photographing Fairies (also known as Apparition ), Poly-Gram Video, 1997.

Best Laid Plans, Fox Searchlight, 1999.

200 Cigarettes, Paramount, 1999.

High Fidelity, Buena Vista/Touchstone, 2000.

Traffic (also known as TrafficDie Macht des Kartells ), USA Films, 2000.

I Capture the Castle, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2003.

Ripley's Game, Fine Line, 2003.

Film Appearances:

Himself, At Sundance (documentary), 1995.

Television Director; Movies:

69 MurderThe Blood Relation, 1968.

Arthur Wants You for a Sunbeam, 1970.

Mrs. Mouse, Are You Within?, 1971.

Big Soft Nelly Mrs. Mouse, 1971.

Not Counting the Savages (also known as Thirty Minute Theatre: Not Counting the Savages ), 1972.

Just Your Luck (also known as Play for Today: Just Your Luck ), 1972.

£12 Look (also known as The TwelvePound Look ), 1973.

The New Word, 1973.

The Melancholy Hussar (also known as Wessex Tales: The Melancholy Hussar ), 1973.

Barbara's Wedding, 1973.

Silver Wedding, 1973.

Ms. or Jill and Jack, 1974.

The Gift of Friendship, 1974.

The Childhood Friend (also known as Play for Today: The Childhood Friend ), 1974.

Of the Fields Lately, 1975.

Mrs. Ackland's Ghosts, 1975.

The Midas Connection (also known as Eleventh Hour: The Midas Connection ), 1975.

Lost Yer Tongue?, 1975.

Jack Flea's Birthday Celebration, 1975.

Brassneck (also known as Play for Today: Brassneck ), 1975.

The Boundary (also known as Eleventh Hour: The Boundary ), 1975.

Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill (also known as Red Letter Day: Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill ), 1976.

Buffet (also known as Play for Today: Buffet ), 1976.

The Man in the Iron Mask (released theatrically in England), NBC, 1977.

The Mayor's Charity (also known as Play for Today: The Mayor's Charity ), 1977.

Honey, 1977.

The Fosdyke Saga, 1977.

Charm, 1977.

Mr. & Ms. Bureaucrat (also known as BBC2 Play of the Week: Mr. & Ms. Bureaucrat ), BBC2, 1978.

Little Girls Don't, 1978.

Destiny (also known as Play for Today: Destiny ), 1978.

Birth of a Nation, 1982.

Also directed the television movies Chan, First for Luck, The Gift of Friendship, and Tales out of School.

Television Director; Miniseries:

Blood Feud, syndicated, 1983.

Common Ground, CBS, 1990.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Florence, May 1908," The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, 1993.

"Istanbul, September 1918," The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, 1993.

Directed episodes of Big Breadwinner Hog, Budgie, The Guardians, The Man from Haven, Smith and Jones in Small Doses, and Spindoe.

Television Work; Pilots:

Director, Jo, CBS, 2002.

Executive producer, Delta, UPN, 2003.

Executive producer, Plastic, ABC, 2003.

Television Work; Series:

Executive producer and director, The Branch, ABC, 2003.

Television Director; Other:

Sharon, 1964.

The Kindness of Strangers, 1967.

The Visitors, 1968.

Them Down There, 1968.

The Gamekeeper, 1968.

Blood Relations, 1969.

Death of a Dog, 1970.

Allergy, 1970.

"Baa Baa Blacksheep" (special), Childhood, 1977.

The Whole Hog, 1989.



International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996.


Los Angeles Times, February 22, 1997.

Sight and Sound, May, 1997.

Total Film, May, 1997, pp. 2428.

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