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Overview (2)

Born in London, England, UK
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joe Wright is an English film director. He is best known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Anna Karenina (2012), and Darkest Hour (2017).

Wright always had an interest in the arts, especially painting. He would also make films on his Super 8 camera as well as spend time in the evenings acting in a drama club. He began his career working at his parents' puppet theatre. He also took classes at the Anna Scher Theatre School and acted professionally on stage and camera.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (1)

Anoushka Shankar (26 September 2010 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Shots of characters' hands to show tension and emotion
Settings with different tones
Very long, complicated tracking shots that display many events
Some of the aesthetic and emotion of the UK rave scene are used as an influence on his work.

Trivia (19)

His parents, John and Lyndie Wright, founded Islington's Little Angel Theater, a puppet theatre, in 1961. Lyndie still serves as an Honorary Associate.
Is Dyslexic and left school with no O-levels.
His father, John, was age 65 when he was born.
In 2007, he became the youngest director in history to have a film open the Venice Film Festival (his film Atonement was chosen to open 64th Venice International Film Festival).
Attended the Camberwell College of Arts.
Named one of Variety's "10 Directors to Watch" (2006).
Trained as a filmmaker at London's St. Martins Art School.
Became engaged to actress Rosamund Pike in September 2007. They met on the set of Pride & Prejudice (2005).
Directed 3 Oscar-nominated performances: Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, and Gary Oldman. Oldman won for his performance in Darkest Hour (2017).
Father, John Wright, died when the director was only 19 years old.
His sister is Sarah Wright.
Called off his engagement to Rosamund Pike shortly before their wedding in June 2008. The "save the date" cards were already sent out.
Two sons, Zubin Shankar Wright (b. 22 February 2011) and Mohan Shankar Wright (b. February 2015).
Has worked with Saoirse Ronan twice (Atonement (2007) and Hanna (2011)), Keira Knightley three times (Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007) and Anna Karenina (2012)), and Tom Hollander three times (Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Soloist (2009), and Hanna (2011)).
Son-in-law of Ravi Shankar.
Half brother-in-law of American singer-songwriter Norah Jones.
Not a relation with the too director Edgar Wright.
As of 2018, he has directed 2 films that have been Oscar nominated for Best Picture: Atonement (2007) and Darkest Hour (2017).
Has one child (b. 31 December 2018) with his girlfriend Haley Bennett.

Personal Quotes (10)

"Pride & Prejudice (2005) is my first film with a happy ending. Before, I naively thought they were a cop-out, but now I've come to believe that happy endings and wish fulfillment are an incredibly important part of our cultural life".
Every time I make a film, I feel it gives me the chance to learn something new. I've been lucky over the past few years. Things have just happened for me.
To me, naturalism is the death of drama. Lee Strasberg came along and the Method f***ed everything up. I find people like Celia Johnson are my favorite actors. I was brought up on films like Brief Encounter (1945) and, for me, they expressed enormous truth. Marlon Brando does not have the monopoly on truth!
I couldn't be a cameraman or a designer or an actor - I have to be a director because I learned how to do that from my dad. Generally, I've never known quite how to fit in in civilian life, but on set, making a film, I know exactly where to go, how to behave and how I fit.
[on filming 'Anna Karenina'] If there was a scene in the book about love then it was in, and if it wasn't about love it was out. So if the audiences are interested in farming practices of the 1800s, they're going to be disappointed.
I'm not a religious man, but I do aspire to some kind of spirituality and I think probably the best way to find that is through love. And eventually to love one other person. And I found that those were the sorts of things Tolstoy was also thinking about, battling with. He was in a similar state and age in his life.
[on 'Anna Karenina'] I conceived it as a ballet with words. I really love the part of my job that is blocking - the movement of actors in space, and their physical relationships, and how you express that through the camera. There's a lot of craft involved in that, but there's also the potential for a lot of emotion.
There's something magical or poetic about physical performance that I'm drawn to - it's almost mystical. But I also think movement in relation to words is really interesting. So it's how the two operate together.
[on setting Anna Karenina on a stage] The choice to shoot it in a theater was about this idea that they were living their lives as if upon a stage. What I found interesting about Russian society at the time was the kind of identity crisis that they were going through socially, and also Anna seems to be going through an identity crisis. The role that she has adopted no longer suits her; she has this violent passion that needs to break out.
Filmmaking is an expression of our soul. It's who we are at the most fundamental. It's the closest thing to my essence there is. I'm not very good expressing that in other ways. I'm not very good talking to people, I'm not very good at dinner parties. That's where I allow myself to be revealed. [2017]

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