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The King's Speech director Tom Hooper joins BFI board

18 May 2011 4:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hooper appointed to British Film Institute's board of governors following Oscars and Baftas success with The King's Speech

This time last year, Tom Hooper was a little-known film-maker responsible for 2004 South African drama Red Dust and 2009 football-themed comedy drama The Damned United. Four Oscars later for The King's Speech and the Oxford-educated director finds himself elevated to film-making royalty after he was appointed to the British Film Institute'sboard of governors.

Greg Dyke, the board's chairman, said Hooper would be joining at a crucial time for UK film. The BFI has just taken over responsibility for promoting British movies from the UK Film Council, which the government axed last year.

"The impact of Tom's work has been hugely significant for the British film industry and The King's Speech will undoubtedly go down in history as one of Britain's most successful films," said Dyke. "We are absolutely delighted to have Tom join the BFI board. »

- Ben Child

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Tom Hooper wins best director Oscar for The King's Speech

27 February 2011 8:04 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

British director defeats David Fincher and other Hollywood heavyweights to take Oscar with royal tale

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He may have lost out in the Bafta race, but Tom Hooper has come good at the Academy Awards, where he won the best director Oscar.

Hooper was one of 12 Academy Award nominations for The King's Speech, and he was up against major Hollywood heavyweights – the Coen brothers, David Fincher, David O Russell and Darren Aronofsky – but The King's Speech's irresistible momentum swept him towards the top prize.

Hooper, 38, worked his way through the ranks of British TV programme-making before establishing himself with the two-part Love in a Cold Climate in 2001. He went on to direct Prime Suspect 6, Elizabeth I and the award-winning Longford, starring Jim Broadbent.

Before The King's Speech, his best known feature film was The Damned United, the story of Brian Clough's ill-fated reign as Leeds United manager. »

- Andrew Pulver

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Tom Hooper: already above Oscar?

25 February 2011 1:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tom Hooper may not pick up the award for best director but Academy Awards matter less to such a high achiever, says Catherine Shoard

The odds are that Tom Hooper won't be named best director this Sunday. What that will make him, by default, is the year's most discreet. For although the cast, composer and writer of The King's Speech seem shoo-ins – and the film itself may well win best picture – Hooper himself looks likely to lose out.

An insult? Was he really the one thing that let the side down? No: it's a compliment. Hooper has helmed an awards-gorger of a movie, an underdog the size of a bus that's steamrollered the competition into submission, and no one really noticed there was a driver. A story in last week's Evening Standard said that "Peter Hooper" was irked by accusations of historical inaccuracy. This is the man behind the biggest Britflick in years. »

- Catherine Shoard

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Tom Hooper: the man who doesn't need Oscar

25 February 2011 1:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tom Hooper may not pick up the award for best director but Academy Awards matter less to such a high achiever, says Catherine Shoard

The odds are that Tom Hooper won't be named best director this Sunday. What that will make him, by default, is the year's most discreet. For although the cast, composer and writer of The King's Speech seem shoo-ins – and the film itself may well win best picture – Hooper himself looks likely to lose out.

An insult? Was he really the one thing that let the side down? No: it's a compliment. Hooper has helmed an awards-gorger of a movie, an underdog the size of a bus that's steamrollered the competition into submission, and no one really noticed there was a driver. A story in last week's Evening Standard said that "Peter Hooper" was irked by accusations of historical inaccuracy. This is the man behind the biggest Britflick in years. »

- Catherine Shoard

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Ascension: A Tom Hooper Profile (Part 1)

1 February 2011 11:36 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following his Academy Award nomination for Best Director on The King's Speech, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of British filmmaker Tom Hooper in the first of a two-part feature...

“I fell in love with directing at the age of twelve, at prep school in Highgate,” stated British filmmaker Tom Hooper who as a student came across the book How to Make Film and Television. His career ambitions were fueled further when an uncle gave the London native a cast-off clockwork 16mm Bolex camera which allowed him to make his debut effort, a short film called Runaway Dog. Later, during the year between Westminster and Oxford University, Hooper produced a fifteen minute project about a painting that terrorizes its creator (Philip Rosch). Costing $16,000, Painted Faces (1992) was broadcast on Channel 4’s First Frame and received extra financial support from commercial director Paul Weiland which allowed it to be screened at the 35th London Film Festival. »

- flickeringmyth

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