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Interview: Director Stephen Frears on His Vision For ‘Tamara Drewe’

18 October 2010 4:31 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Director Stephen Frears is a storytelling legend who sneaks up on us. Besides his new film “Tamara Drewe,” which played at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, Frears has a filmography that includes “The Queen,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” “High Fidelity,” “The Snapper,” “Hero,” “Prick Up Your Ears” and “My Beautiful Laundrette.” Not bad for a self-described accidental filmmaker.

Born in Leicester, England, Frears began his career as an assistant director on a couple of “Swinging ‘60s” British films, “Morgan” (1966) and “If…” (1968). After several years of television and smaller films, his breakthrough came with “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985), which received an Academy Award nomination. This led to a string of successes, culminating in the highly acclaimed “The Queen” (2006), which garnered an Oscar for Helen Mirren in the title role.

Frears latest is “Tamara Drewe,” a quirky comedy based on a popular British graphic novel about the homecoming of a small »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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David Thomson on Stephen Frears

2 September 2010 2:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stephen Frears is an amused connoisseur. I can't dispute his estimate that the less money he's had at risk on a venture, the better it ends up

Inasmuch as he will be 70 next year, and is a national treasure, I suspect some honours list will notice Stephen Frears soon. Of course, it is possible in his humble, muttering self-effacement that he wouldn't hear of such a distinction (I think there's a republican in there). On the other hand, he did make The Queen (with writer Peter Morgan and pretender Helen Mirren), the most sophisticated public relations boost Hrh has had in 20 years, and all the more affectionate because it was wry and a bit of a tease.

By now, it is taken for granted that Frears – whom I count as a friend – gets away with nearly anything he cares to try, and as he grows older, he is less conventional and obvious. »

- David Thomson

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