West, Simon 1961–

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WEST, Simon 1961–


Born 1961, in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England.

Career: Director and producer. Simon West Productions (also known as Wychwood Productions), Los Angeles, CA, founder and producer, beginning 1997. British Broadcasting Company, apprentice film editor, 1981–85; Limelight London, director of music videos, c. 1985; Pilot Pictures, director of television commercials, including Little Caesar's, c. 1991; Satellite Films, director of television commercials, including AT&T, MIC, Spring, and Ford Motor Company, c. 1993; Propaganda Films, director, 1995.

Awards, Honors: Received grant from British Arts Council, 1985.


Film Director:

Con Air, Buena Vista, 1997.

The General's Daughter (also known as Wehrlos—Die Tochter des Generals), Paramount, 1999.

The Deceivers, Paramount, 2000.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (also known as Tomb Raider), Paramount, 2001.

RPM, 2003.

The Sailmaker, 2004.

Film Producer:

The Sailmaker, 2004.

Film Executive Producer:

Black Hawk Down, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2001.

Film Appearances:

John Swallow, Swallows and Amazons, 1974.

Conversations with Jerry Bruckheimer, 2000.

Television Director; Pilots:

"Eddie," Keen Eddie, Fox, 2003.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Horse Heir," Keen Eddie, Fox, 2003.

Television Executive Producer; Episodic:

Keen Eddie, Fox, 2003.

Harry Green and Eugene, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Sam Leigh, Sam and the River, 1975.


Music Videos:

Directed "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley, 1987, and "Respectable" by Mel & Kim, 1987.



Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (adapted from the video game of the same title; also known as Tomb Raider), 2001.