Anthony Minghella

Anthony Minghella, CBE (6 January 1954 – 18 March 2008) was a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was chairman of the board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007.

He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The English Patient (1996). In addition, he received three more Academy Award nominations; he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for both The English Patient (1996) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and was posthumously nominated for Best Picture for The Reader (2008), as a co-producer.

Anthony Minghella

Anthony Minghella
Born6 January 1954
Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
Died18 March 2008 (aged 54)
London, England
Alma materUniversity of Hull
Years active1981–2008
  • Yvonne Miller (div.)
  • Carolyn Choa (m. 1985)
Children2, including Max
RelativesDominic Minghella (brother)

Early life

Minghella was born in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England that is a popular holiday resort. His family are well known on the Island, where they ran a café in Ryde until the 1980s and have run an eponymous business making and selling Italian-style ice cream since the 1950s.[1] His parents were Edoardo Minghella (an Italian immigrant) and Leeds-born Gloria Alberta (née Arcari).[2][3] His mother's ancestors originally came from Valvori, a small village in the Lazio region of central Italy.[4][5] He was one of five children, a sister being Loretta Minghella, and a brother Dominic Minghella who would also become a screenwriter and producer.

Minghella attended St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Ryde, Sandown Grammar School, and St John's College, Portsmouth. Early interests suggested a possible career as a musician,[6] with Minghella playing keyboards with local bands Earthlight and Dancer.[7] The latter recorded an album titled Tales of the Riverbank in 1972, although it was not released until 2001.[8] He attended the University of Hull, studying drama.[9] As an undergraduate he had arrived at university with an EMI contract for the band in which he sang and played keyboard; while there writing words and music for a musical entitled Mobius the Stripper.[10]

Minghella graduated after three years, and continued on to pursue a PhD. He taught at the university as well for several years, on Samuel Beckett and on the medieval theatre. Ultimately, he abandoned his pursuit of a PhD to work for the BBC.[11]


His debut work was a stage adaptation of Gabriel Josipovici's Mobius the Stripper (1975) and it was his Whale Music (1985) that brought him notice.[12] His double bill of Samuel Beckett's Play and Happy Days was his directorial debut and debut feature film as a director was A Little Like Drowning (1978). During the 1980s, he worked in television, starting as a runner on Magpie before moving into script editing the children's drama series Grange Hill for the BBC and later writing The Storyteller series for Jim Henson. He wrote several episodes of the ITV detective drama Inspector Morse and an episode of long-running ITV drama Boon. Made in Bangkok (1986) found mainstream success in the West End.

Radio success followed with a Giles Cooper Award for the radio drama Cigarettes and Chocolate[13] first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1988. It was revived on 3 May 2008 as a tribute to its author director following his death. His production starred Juliet Stevenson, Bill Nighy and Jenny Howe. His first radio play Hang Up, starring Anton Lesser and Juliet Stevenson, was revived on 10 May 2008 as part of the BBC Radio 4 Minghella season.[14]

Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990), a feature drama written and directed for the BBC's Screen Two anthology strand, bypassed TV broadcast and instead had a cinema release. He bypassed an offer of another Inspector Morse directorial to do the project, the latter he believed would have been a much higher-profile assignment. The English Patient (1996) brought him two Academy Awards nominations, Best Director (which he won) and Adapted Screenplay. He also received an Adapted Screenplay nomination for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, a pilot episode television adaptation which he co-wrote and directed, was broadcast posthumously on BBC One (23 March 2008); watched by 6.3 million viewers. He vocally supported I Know I'm Not Alone, a film of musician Michael Franti's peacemaking excursions into Iraq, Palestine and Israel. He directed a party election broadcast for the Labour Party in 2005. The short film depicted Tony Blair and Gordon Brown working together and was criticised for being insincere: "The Anthony Minghella party political broadcast last year was full of body language fibs", said Peter Collett, a psychologist at the University of Oxford. "When you are talking to me, I'll give you my full attention only if I think you are very high status or if I love you. On that party political broadcast, they are staring at each other like lovers. It is completely false."[15]

With Samuel Beckett's 100th birthday celebrations, he returned to radio on BBC Radio 3 with Eyes Down Looking (2006), with: Jude Law, Juliet Stevenson and David Threlfall.[16] An operatic directorial debut came with Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Premiered at the English National Opera (London, 2005), then at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Vilnius, March 2006) and at the Metropolitan Opera (New York City, September 2006). The latter was transmitted live into cinemas worldwide (7 March 2008) as part of the Met's HD series and is now available on DVD. The ENO work was to have led to other operatic projects, directing again at English National Opera and collaborating with Osvaldo Golijov on a new opera for the Met and ENO, writing the libretto and directing the production.[10]

He was honoured with the naming of The Anthony Minghella Theatre at the Quay Arts Centre (Isle of Wight). He made an appearance in the 2007 film Atonement as a television host interviewing the novelist central to the story.

His last work was the screenplay of the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Nine (1982); Arthur Kopit (book) and Maury Yeston (score). It is based on the film . He shared credit with Michael Tolkin on the screenplay.

The Film, Theatre & Television department at the University of Reading, opened in 2012, was named in his honour.

Personal life and death

Minghella met his first wife, Yvonne Miller, when they were students.[17] They had one daughter, Hannah,[18] who worked as a production assistant on The Talented Mr. Ripley, and was President of Sony Pictures Animation[19] for a time. Minghella and his first wife eventually divorced. In 1985, Minghella married Hong Kong–born choreographer and dancer Carolyn Jane Choa.[5] They had one son, Max, who is an actor, screenwriter and director.

Minghella's younger brother, Dominic Minghella, is the creator of the popular British television series Robin Hood and Doc Martin, and a scriptwriter. His sister Loretta Minghella is First Church Estates Commissioner at the Church Commissioners, having previously been Director of Christian Aid,[20] his sister Edana participated in a jazz event on the Isle of Wight, and his nephew Dante is one of the participants in Channel 4's Child Genius series.

Minghella was a fan of Portsmouth F.C. and appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Hallowed Be Thy Game. His home had two double bedrooms dedicated to the display of Portsmouth memorabilia dating back to the club's founding in 1898.[21][22]

Minghella died of a haemorrhage on 18 March 2008 in Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith, following an operation the previous week to remove cancer of the tonsils and neck.[23][24]

Memorial plaque

A memorial plaque to Anthony Minghella was unveiled on 2 March 2016 by Jude Law, at Western Gardens, Ryde, Isle of Wight.[25]


Year Title director screenWriter Producer Notes
1978 A Little Like Drowning Yes Yes
1990 Truly, Madly, Deeply Yes Yes BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
1993 Mr. Wonderful Yes
1996 The English Patient Yes Yes Academy Award for Best Director
BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley Yes Yes Nominated- Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Director
2000 Play Yes Short film
2003 Cold Mountain Yes Yes Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
2006 Breaking and Entering Yes Yes Yes
2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Yes Yes executive TV pilot
New York, I Love You Yes executive Segment "Shekhar Kapur"
2009 Nine Yes Posthumous release

Producer only

Year Title Notes
2002 Heaven
The Quiet American Executive producer
2005 The Interpreter
2006 Catch a Fire
2007 Michael Clayton Executive producer
2008 The Reader Nominated- Academy Award for Best Picture (posthumously)
Love You More

Acting roles

Year Title Role
1978 A Little Like Drowning Eduardo
2007 Atonement Interviewer

Selected plays

  • Whale Music (New End Theatre, Hampstead, June 1981); revived for radio, BBC Radio 4, 10 May 2008
  • Two Planks and a Passion[26] (Greenwich Theatre, November 1984)
  • A Little Like Drowning (Hampstead Theatre, July 1984)
  • Made in Bangkok (West End debut as a playwright, Aldwych Theatre. 18 March 1986, director Michael Blakemore)
  • Hang Up (radio play for BBC Radio 4,1987)
  • Cigarettes and Chocolate (60-minute radio play for BBC Radio 4, 1988)
  • Eyes Down Looking (Beckett 100th Birthday tribute, radio play for BBC Radio 3, 1 April 2006)


Year Work Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
1990 Truly, Madly, Deeply 3 1
1996 The English Patient 12 9 13 6 7 2
1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley 5 7 1 5
2003 Cold Mountain 7 1 13 2 8 1
2008 The Reader 5 1 5 1 4 1
2009 Nine 4 1 5
Total 33 11 42 11 29 4


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  26. ^ Set in 1392, the play by Anthony Minghella hilariously recounts the citizens of York staging a medieval production of the Mystery Plays, ready for King Richard II and Queen Anne's visit to the city. Suddenly the entire community of York explodes in a fever of affectation, expense and comical posturing, as rival guilds battle it out to impress the royal party with their wagon plays.

External links

2008 Shanghai International Film Festival

The 2008 Shanghai International Film Festival is the 11th such festival devoted to international cinema to be held in Shanghai, China. It was held from June 14–22, 2008. Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-wai was the head of jury at this year's film festival along with other jury members such as Chinese-American actress Joan Chen, legendary Danish director Bille August and Israeli stage actress Gila Almagor.The competition lineup included films from China, Europe, Japan, Argentina, South Korea, Lithuania, Russia, the Czech Republic and New Zealand. A total of 260 films were shown at this year's festival. Lithuanian film Loss was awarded two Golden Goblets - for best directing (Māris Martinsons) and best music (Andrius Mamontovas).

The 11th Shanghai International Film Festival was searching for a new film director to be the head of the SIFF jury, after the sudden death of Anthony Minghella.

54th Berlin International Film Festival

The 54th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 5–15 February 2004. The festival opened with out of competition film Cold Mountain by Anthony Minghella. 25 Degrees in Winter by Stéphane Vuillet served as the closing film. The Golden Bear was awarded to German-Turkish film Head-On directed by Fatih Akın.The retrospective dedicated to films from 1967 to 1976 titled New Hollywood 1967-1976. Trouble in Wonderland was shown at the festival. It focuses on the films from the period known as New Hollywood or American New Wave, and attended by some of the film-makers and actors of that era including Peter Davis, Peter Fonda, William Greaves, Monte Hellman and Melvin Van Peebles.

A Little Like Drowning

A Little Like Drowning is a 1978 film directed by Anthony Minghella. The first film he directed, this 55-minute feature was shot on the Isle of Wight in 1977 and completed in 15 days.

Beckett on Film

Beckett on Film was a project aimed at making film versions of all nineteen of Samuel Beckett's stage plays, with the exception of the early and unperformed Eleutheria. This endeavour was successfully completed, with the first films being shown in 2001.

The project was conceived by Michael Colgan, artistic director of Dublin's Gate Theatre. The films were produced by Colgan and Alan Moloney for the Irish broadcaster RTÉ, the British broadcaster Channel 4 and the Irish Film Board. Each had a different cast and director, drawn from theatre, film and other fields.

Ten of the films were screened at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival and some shown on Channel 4 television. On Wednesday, 6 February 2002, the series won the Best TV Drama award at the 6th The South Bank Show Award at the Savoy Theatre in London. The films never enjoyed a general cinematic release, but, in September 2001, all nineteen were screened at the Barbican Centre in London. They were also released in a number of videos and as a four-DVD box set, comprising a souvenir programme and numerous additional features.

A documentary video, titled Check the Gate: Putting Beckett on Film and directed by Pearse Lehane, was released on 5 February 2003. It followed closely the project's work.

Breaking and Entering (film)

Breaking and Entering is a 2006 British-American romantic crime drama directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, and Robin Wright Penn. It is the fourth and final Miramax film that was not sold to Filmyard Holdings on December 3, 2010 nor beIN Media Group on March 2, 2016. The film was written by Minghella, his first original screenplay since his 1990 feature debut Truly, Madly, Deeply and his final feature film before his death in 2008. Set in a blighted, inner-city neighbourhood of London, the film is about a successful landscape architect whose dealings with a young thief and his mother cause him to re-evaluate his life.

Minghella previously directed the film's stars – Jude Law in Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Juliette Binoche in The English Patient. In his first major film role, Rafi Gavron portrays Miro, the young traceur burglar, a role requiring several difficult physical feats. The film is a presentation of Miramax and The Weinstein Company and was distributed in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Breaking and Entering premiered on 13 September 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Cold Mountain (film)

Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic war film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling 1997 novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renée Zellweger with Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jack White, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, and Ray Winstone in supporting roles. The film tells the story of a wounded deserter from the Confederate army close to the end of the American Civil War, who is on his way home to the woman he loves.

The film was a co-production of companies in the US, UK, Italy, and Romania.

Cold Mountain opened to positive reviews from critics and won several major awards. For her performance, Renée Zellweger won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Award, all in the Best Supporting Actress category. It was also a success at the box office and became a sleeper hit grossing more than double its budget worldwide.

Gabriel Yared

Gabriel Yared (Arabic: غبريال يارد; born 7 October 1949) is a French-Lebanese composer, best known for his work in French and American cinema.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Yared scored the French films Betty Blue and Camille Claudel. He later worked on English-language films, particularly those directed by Anthony Minghella. He won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for his work on The English Patient (1996) and was nominated for both The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003).

Giles Cooper Awards

The Giles Cooper Awards were honours given to plays written for BBC Radio. Sponsored by the BBC and Methuen Drama, the awards were specifically focused on the script of the best radio drama produced in the past year. Five or six winners were chosen from the entire year's production of BBC drama, and published in a series of books. They were named after Giles Cooper (1918–1966), the distinguished radio dramatist who wrote over 60 scripts for BBC radio and television between 1949 and 1966.These awards ran annually between 1978 and 1992, instigated by Richard Imison at the BBC and Geoffrey Strachan at Eyre Methuen. There was no prize money, but publication was a notable mark of permanence in the ephemeral world of broadcasting.

Among the winners listed below are such luminaries as John Arden, William Trevor, Harold Pinter, Fay Weldon, Anthony Minghella, Tom Stoppard and Rose Tremain.

Grange Hill (series 8)

The eighth series of the British television drama series Grange Hill began broadcasting on 18 February 1985, before ending on 27 December 1985 on BBC One. The series follows the lives of the staff and pupils of the eponymous school, an inner-city London comprehensive school. It consists of nineteen episodes (including a Christmas Special).

Love You More (film)

Love You More is a short drama directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, written by Patrick Marber and produced by Anthony Minghella, which was screened in Main Competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The film includes two songs by Buzzcocks and features a cameo appearance by the band's lead singer Pete Shelley as a customer at a record store.

Mr. Wonderful (film)

Mr. Wonderful is a 1993 romantic comedy film directed by Academy Award-winning director Anthony Minghella.

The film stars Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, Mary-Louise Parker, William Hurt and features one of the few appearances of Vincent D'Onofrio as a romantic character.

Mustang (advertisement)

Mustang is a 2004 television and cinema advertising campaign promoting Guinness-brand draught stout. It was produced by advertising agency Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, and aired in Europe, North America, and parts of Asia. The ad was filmed in the United States, and was directed by the Academy Award-winning British film director Anthony Minghella, famous for his work on The English Patient.

The sequence revolves around a man sent to a prison camp in the Midwestern United States, where he is instructed to train wild mustangs. A prisoner stares down one of the mustangs before opening the gate to release him. The prisoner is charged with retrieving the horse, and the piece ends with the man riding the horse across the plains, over the strapline "a story of darkness and light".

Mustang was the last Guinness advertisement to use the strapline, following the earlier Moth. After Mustang, Abbott Mead Vickers chose to return to its established "Good things come to those who wait" campaign, the next piece of which (noitulovE) aired in 2005.

Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

The Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is an annual award given by the International Press Academy.

Stephen Whittaker

Stephen Whittaker (28 June 1947 – 7 February 2003) was a British actor and director. He worked largely in British film and television, and trained as an actor at London's Corona Academy. He began his career aged 17, as a "bad boy" in the film To Sir With Love (1966), and in the classic BBC Doctor Who adventure The Web of Fear, as a soldier battling Yeti in the London Underground. In 1985 Whittaker took a director's training course, and directed a short training film which he sent to John Schlesinger (who had directed him in Yanks). Schlesinger suggested him to producer Mark Shivas as director for Channel 4's drama trilogy What If It's Raining?, written by Anthony Minghella. This was the beginning of a directing career of prestigious TV and film work. Shortly before Whittaker's death, writer Julian Fellowes spoke of him as, "the most exciting director in the industry." In 2001 he filmed his final project The Rocket Post, a romantic drama set on a remote Scottish island. The film had severe funding problems, and was eventually released in 2006, three years after his death. The credits bear a dedication to his memory.

The English Patient (film)

The English Patient is a 1996 American romantic war drama film directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film tells the story of four people who find themselves in an abandoned villa in northern Italy in the last months of World War II. The eponymous protagonist, a man burned beyond recognition who speaks with an English accent, tells his story to the young nurse caring for him in a series of flashbacks, revealing his true identity and the love affair he was involved in before the war.

The film was released to critical acclaim, and received 12 nominations at the 69th Academy Awards, winning nine, including Best Picture, Best Director for Minghella, and Best Supporting Actress for Juliette Binoche. Ralph Fiennes, playing the titular character, and Kristin Scott Thomas were Oscar-nominated for their performances. The film also won five BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globes. The British Film Institute ranked The English Patient the 55th greatest British film of the 20th century.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (TV series)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a television comedy-drama series, produced by the BBC in conjunction with HBO, and based on the novels of the same name by Alexander McCall Smith. The novels focus on the story of a detective agency opened by Mma Ramotswe and her courtship with the mechanic Mr. JLB Matekoni. The series was filmed on location in Botswana and was seen as one of the first major film or television productions to be undertaken in Botswana. (The Gods Must Be Crazy, a 1980 film set in Botswana was filmed mainly in South Africa).The programme began with a feature-length pilot episode on 23 March 2008. Executive producer Anthony Minghella directed the episode and co-wrote the adaptation with fellow executive producer Richard Curtis. A six-episode series concluded in the UK on 19 April 2009. HBO began broadcasting the series on 29 March 2009. In 2010 the show won a Peabody Award for its 2009 season. It was cancelled after one season despite positive reviews.

While HBO failed to renew the show after its first season, HBO announced in summer 2011 that the show may continue as two or more standalone films. The following year HBO revealed they had decided not to move forward with the project. Producers may look to resurrect the show on another network.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (film)

The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller film written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel of the same name, the film stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf, Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood, Cate Blanchett as Meredith Logue, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddie Miles.

The novel was previously filmed twice: a one-hour version was produced for the TV anthology series Studio One in 1957 (directed by Franklin J. Schaffner), though no recording of it survives. A second version was produced as Purple Noon in 1960. Claude Chabrol's film Les biches (adapted by Purple Noon's screenwriter) uses many elements of Highsmith's novel, too, but switches the gender of the main characters.

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Truly, Madly, Deeply is a 1990 British fantasy drama film made for the BBC's Screen Two series, by BBC Films, Lionheart and Winston Pictures. The film, written and directed by Anthony Minghella, stars Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman.

Velibor Topić

Velibor Topić (born 1970 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a Bosnian–British actor.

He is known for his roles in Snatch (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Robin Hood (2010), The Counselor (2013), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), as well as for his work in British TV dramas such as Sharpe's Peril (2002), The Bill (2002) and Ambassadors (2013).

Throughout his career, Topić has worked three times with Ridley Scott as well as other well-known directors such as Guy Ritchie, Tom Hooper, Matthew Vaughn, Anthony Minghella and William Monahan.

Films directed by Anthony Minghella
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