Danny Boyle

Daniel Francis Boyle (born 20 October 1956)[1] is an English film director, producer, screenwriter and theatre director, known for his work on films including Shallow Grave, Trainspotting with its 2017 sequel, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, and Steve Jobs. His debut film Shallow Grave won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. The British Film Institute ranked Trainspotting the 10th greatest British film of the 20th century.

Boyle's 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, the most successful British film of the decade, was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won eight, including the Academy Award for Best Director. He also won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director. Boyle was presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 2008 Austin Film Festival, where he also introduced that year's AFF Audience Award Winner Slumdog Millionaire.

In 2012, Boyle was the artistic director for Isles of Wonder, the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2] He was subsequently offered a knighthood as part of the New Year Honours, but declined.[3] In 2014, it was announced that Boyle would become a patron of HOME in Manchester.[4]

Danny Boyle
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Boyle at the T2 Trainspotting premiere, 2017
Born
Daniel Francis Boyle

20 October 1956 (age 62)
Alma materBangor University
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Years active1980–present
Partner(s)Gail Stevens (1983–2003)
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Early life and background

Danny Boyle was born on 20 October 1956[1] in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England, about 6 miles north of Manchester city centre, to Irish parents from County Galway.[5][6] Although he now describes himself as a "spiritual atheist",[7] he was brought up in a working class Catholic family. Boyle was an altar boy for eight years and his mother had the priesthood in mind for him, but aged 14 he was persuaded by a priest not to transfer from school to a seminary.[8]

Whether he was saving me from the priesthood or the priesthood from me, I don't know. But quite soon after, I started doing drama. And there's a real connection, I think. All these directors – Martin Scorsese, John Woo, M. Night Shyamalan – they were all meant to be priests. There's something very theatrical about it. It's basically the same job – poncing around, telling people what to think.[9][10]

He later studied at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton,[11] and studied English and Drama at Bangor University.[5][12] While at university, Boyle dated the actress Frances Barber.[13]

Boyle is the patron of North West-based young people's substance misuse charity, Early Break, which was founded and based in his home town of Radcliffe. Boyle is also a trustee of the UK-based African arts charity Dramatic Need.[14]

In February 2017, Boyle announced his bid to help launch a £30 million film and media school in Manchester, stating: "This is just what Manchester needs and I am delighted to be part of the International Screen School Manchester."[15]

Theatre and television work

The Children's Monologues cast (2010)
Boyle with the cast of The Children's Monologues in 2010

Upon leaving school he began his career at the Joint Stock Theatre Company, before moving onto the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 where he directed The Genius by Howard Brenton and Saved by Edward Bond. He also directed five productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.[16]

In 1987, Boyle started working in television as a producer for BBC Northern Ireland where he produced, amongst other TV films, Alan Clarke's controversial Elephant before becoming a director on shows such as Arise And Go Now, Not Even God Is Wise Enough, For The Greater Good, Scout and two[17] episodes of Inspector Morse. These were Masonic Mysteries and Cherubim and Seraphim.

Boyle was responsible for the BBC Two series Mr. Wroe's Virgins in 1993.[16] In between the films The Beach and 28 Days Later Boyle directed two TV films for the BBC in 2001 – Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise and Strumpet.[18]

On 14 November 2010, he directed a one night play at the Old Vic Theatre titled The Children's Monologues with Sir Ben Kingsley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne as the cast. In 2011 he directed Frankenstein for the National Theatre.[19] This production was broadcast to cinemas as a part of National Theatre Live on 17 March 2011.[20] He has also appeared on Top Gear and drove the fastest wet lap at that time.[21]

Isles of Wonder

Boyle was artistic director for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London. Over the years, Olympic opening ceremonies have become multimillion-pound theatrical shows, which have become known for their extravagance and pageantry to celebrate the start of the largest multi-sport event in the world.

The ceremony, entitled Isles of Wonder, charted aspects of British culture, including the Industrial Revolution and British contributions to literature, music, film and technology.

Reception to the ceremony was generally positive, both nationally in the United Kingdom and internationally.[22][23][24][25] In December 2012 it was widely reported that Boyle turned down a knighthood in the New Year Honours list. He told BBC Radio 4 "I'm very proud to be an equal citizen and I think that's what the opening ceremony was actually about."[26]

Film

Boyle's love for film began with his first viewing of Apocalypse Now:

It had eviscerated my brain, completely. I was an impressionable twenty-one-year-old guy from the sticks. My brain had not been fed and watered with great culture, you know, as art is meant to do. It had been sandblasted by the power of cinema. And that's why cinema, despite everything we try to do, it remains a young man's medium, really, in terms of audience.[27]

1990s: Shallow Grave and Trainspotting

The first film Boyle directed was Shallow Grave.[16] The film was the most commercially successful British film of 1995,[28] won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, and led to the production of Trainspotting, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.[29] Working with writer John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald, Shallow Grave earned Boyle the Best Newcomer Award from the 1996 London Film Critics Circle.[28] Shallow Grave and Trainspotting caused critics to claim that Boyle had revitalised British cinema in the early '90s.[16] The BFI ranked Trainspotting the 10th greatest British film of the 20th century.[30]

Boyle declined an offer to direct the fourth film of the Alien franchise, instead making A Life Less Ordinary using British finance.[31][32]

2000s: The Beach, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire

Boyle's next project was an adaptation of the cult novel The Beach. Filmed in Thailand with Leonardo DiCaprio in a starring role, casting of the film led to a feud with Ewan McGregor, star of his first three films.[16] He then collaborated with author Alex Garland on the post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Days Later.[33]

He also directed a short film Alien Love Triangle (starring Kenneth Branagh), which was intended to be one of three shorts within a feature film. However the project was cancelled after the two other shorts were made into feature films: Mimic starring Mira Sorvino and Impostor starring Gary Sinise.[34] In 2004 Boyle directed Millions,[9] scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce.[35] His next collaboration with Alex Garland[9] was the science-fiction film Sunshine, featuring 28 Days Later star Cillian Murphy, and was released in 2007.[36]

In 2008 he directed Slumdog Millionaire, the story of an impoverished child (Dev Patel) on the streets of Mumbai, India who competes on India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, for which Boyle won Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Director. The most successful British film of the decade, the film won eight Academy Awards and seven BAFTA Awards in total.[37][38][39] On film-making Boyle commented, "To be a film-maker...you have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different."[16] Andrew Macdonald, producer of Trainspotting, said "Boyle takes a subject that you've often seen portrayed realistically, in a politically correct way, whether it's junkies or slum orphans, and he has managed to make it realistic but also incredibly uplifting and joyful."[16]

2010s: 127 Hours, Steve Jobs and T2 Trainspotting

In 2010, Boyle directed the film 127 Hours, starring James Franco and featuring Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara. It was based on Aron Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which detailed his struggle of being trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone in Blue John Canyon, southeastern Utah, and resorting to desperate measures to survive. The film was released on 5 November 2010 to critical acclaim. The film got six nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Boyle and Best Actor for Franco.[40][41]

Boyle's next film was Trance, while another instalment of the 28 Days Later franchise is in the development stages.[42][43] Boyle has stated previously that in theory the third instalment of the series would be titled 28 Months Later, but alluded to a film taking place somewhere else in the world he created in 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. He is also stated to be producing the upcoming film Paani.[44] He has directed the sequel to Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting.[45]

Boyle told an interviewer about the eclectic range of his films, "There's a theme running through all of them—and I just realised this. They're all about someone facing impossible odds and overcoming them."[46] With a strong interest in music, Boyle has mentioned in interviews that he has considered a musical film with original compositions. Boyle has also expressed interest in an animated film, and, in 2013, a sequel to 28 Weeks Later.[47]

Boyle's eponymous biopic of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs closed the 59th BFI London Film Festival. This was the third time Boyle has had that honour, after Slumdog Millionaire in 2008 and 127 Hours two years later. The BFI's London Film Festival Director, Clare Stewart, said Boyle had created an exhilarating and audacious film about a complex, charismatic pioneer.[48]

In a BBC interview, Boyle stated that he didn't write his own films but they did reflect his personality. "I am not a big auteur fan and like to work with writers, but ultimately a film is a director's vision, because he gets all its elements together towards that vision."[49]

In March 2018, Boyle confirmed he would be directing the new James Bond movie, Bond 25.[50] In August 2018, it was announced that he no longer would direct the film due to creative differences.[51]

Future projects

In March 2018, Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis announced they were working on a musical comedy set in the 1960s or 70s centred around a struggling musician.[52][53] Yesterday, starring Himesh Patel, Kate McKinnon, Lily James and Ed Sheeran, is scheduled to be released on June 28, 2019, by Universal Pictures.[54]

Personal life

Boyle was in a relationship with casting director Gail Stevens, with whom he has three children.[55]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1994 Shallow Grave Yes
1996 Trainspotting Yes
1997 Twin Town executive
A Life Less Ordinary Yes
2000 The Beach Yes
2002 28 Days Later Yes
2004 Millions Yes
2007 Sunshine Yes
28 Weeks Later executive
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Yes
Alien Love Triangle Yes Short film
2010 127 Hours Yes Yes Yes [56]
2013 Trance Yes Yes
2015 Steve Jobs Yes Yes
2017 T2 Trainspotting Yes Yes
Battle of the Sexes Yes
2019 Yesterday Yes Yes Post-production

Television

Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1987 The Rockingham Shoot Yes TV film
1987 Scout Yes TV film
1987 The Venus de Milo Instead Yes TV film
1989 Elephant Yes TV short
1989 Monkeys Yes Yes TV film
1989 The Nightwatch Yes Yes TV film
1989–1993 Screenplay Yes 3 episodes
1990–1992 Inspector Morse Yes 2 episodes
1991 For the Greater Good Yes TV film
1993 Mr. Wroe's Virgins Yes 3 episodes
2001 Strumpet Yes TV film
2001 Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise Yes TV film
2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony Yes Yes
2014 Babylon Yes Yes Episode: "Pilot"
2017 Alternativity Yes play of Banksy
2018 Trust Yes Yes 3 episodes

Recurring collaborators

Actor Shallow Grave Trainspotting A Life Less Ordinary Strumpet The Beach 28 Days Later Millions Sunshine 28 Weeks Later Frankenstein Babylon T2 Trainspotting Total
Christopher Eccleston Yes Yes Yes 3
Cillian Murphy Yes Yes 2
Ewan McGregor Yes Yes Yes Yes 4
Ewen Bremner Yes Yes 2
Irvine Welsh Yes Yes 2
James Cosmo Yes Yes 2
James Nesbitt Yes Yes 2
Jonny Lee Miller Yes Yes Yes 3
Keith Allen Yes Yes 2
Kelly Macdonald Yes Yes 2
Naomie Harris Yes Yes 2
Paterson Joseph Yes Yes 2
Peter Mullan Yes Yes 2
Robert Carlyle Yes Yes Yes Yes 4
Rose Byrne Yes Yes 2
Shirley Henderson Yes Yes 2
Crew Shallow Grave Trainspotting A Life Less Ordinary The Beach Strumpet Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise 28 Days Later Millions Sunshine Slumdog Millionaire Alien Love Triangle 127 Hours Trance Steve Jobs T2 Trainspotting Total
A. R. Rahman Yes Yes 2
Alex Garland Yes Yes 2
Alwin H. Küchler Yes Yes 2
Andrew Macdonald Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 8
Anthony Dod Mantle Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 7
Brian Tufano Yes Yes Yes Yes 4
Chris Gill Yes Yes Yes 3
Christian Colson Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 5
Jim Cartwright Yes Yes 2
John Hodge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 7
John Murphy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 5
Jon Harris Yes Yes Yes 3
Masahiro Hirakubo Yes Yes Yes Yes 4
Simon Boswell Yes Yes 2

Awards and nominations

Year Film Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
1994 Shallow Grave 1
1996 Trainspotting 1 2 1
2008 Slumdog Millionaire 10 8 11 6 4 4
2010 127 Hours 6 8 3
2015 Steve Jobs 2 3 1 4 2
Total 19 8 25 8 11 6

Recognition

In 2010, The Tablet named Boyle one of Britain's most influential Roman Catholics.[57] The BBC referred to Boyle as a “titan of the British film industry – renowned for his spunky grit – typified by his 1996 film Trainspotting.”[58] In 2012, Boyle was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his lifetime.[59][60]

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External links

127 Hours

127 Hours is a 2010 biographical survival drama film produced and directed by Danny Boyle. The film stars James Franco, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn. In the film, canyoneer Aron Ralston gets trapped by a boulder in an isolated slot canyon in Blue John Canyon, southeastern Utah, in April 2003. Ralston must find a way to escape. It is a British and American venture produced by Everest Entertainment, Film4 Productions, HandMade Films and Cloud Eight Films.

The film, based on Ralston's memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2004), was written by Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, co-produced by Christian Colson and John Smithson, and scored by A. R. Rahman. Beaufoy, Colson, and Rahman had all previously worked with Boyle on Slumdog Millionaire (2008). 127 Hours was well received by critics and audiences and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Franco and Best Picture.

The film's title refers to the period of non-stop activity from when Ralston awoke on the day of his accident to when he was put under anesthesia during his rescue.

2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games took place on the evening of Friday 27 July 2012 in the Olympic Stadium, London. As mandated by the Olympic Charter, the proceedings combined the formal ceremonial opening of this international sporting event (including welcoming speeches, hoisting of the flags and the parade of athletes) with an artistic spectacle to showcase the host nation's culture. The 2012 Games were formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II. The spectacle was entitled Isles of Wonder and directed by Academy Award-winning British film director Danny Boyle.

Prior to London 2012 there had been considerable apprehension about Britain's ability to stage an opening ceremony that could reach the standard set at the Beijing Summer Games of 2008. The 2008 ceremony had been noted for its scale, extravagance and expense, hailed as the "greatest ever", and had cost £65m. In contrast, London spent an estimated £27m (out of £80m budgeted for its four ceremonies), which was nevertheless about twice the original budget. Nonetheless, the London opening ceremony was immediately seen as a tremendous success, widely praised as a "masterpiece" and "a love letter to Britain".The ceremony began at 21:00 BST and lasted almost four hours. It was watched by an estimated worldwide television audience of 900 million, becoming the most-viewed Olympic opening ceremony in both the UK and US. The content had largely been kept secret before the performance, despite involving thousands of volunteers and two public rehearsals. The principal sections of the artistic display represented Britain's Industrial Revolution, National Health Service, literary heritage, popular music and culture, and were noted for their vibrant storytelling and use of music. Two shorter sections drew particular comment, involving a filmed cameo appearance of the Queen with James Bond as her escort, and a live performance by the London Symphony Orchestra joined by comedian Rowan Atkinson. These were widely ascribed to Britain's sense of humour. The ceremony featured children and young people in most of its segments, reflecting the 'inspire a generation' aspiration of London's original bid for the Games.The BBC released footage of the entire opening ceremony on 29 October 2012, edited by Danny Boyle and with background extras, along with more than seven hours of sporting highlights and the complete closing ceremony.

28 Days Later

28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Alex Garland, and starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, and Christopher Eccleston. The plot depicts the breakdown of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious virus and focuses upon the struggle of four survivors to cope with the destruction of the life they once knew.

Successful both commercially and critically, the film is credited with reinvigorating the zombie genre of horror film. The film spawned a 2007 sequel, 28 Weeks Later, a graphic novel titled 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, which expands on the timeline of the outbreak, and a 2009 comic book series titled 28 Days Later. In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine ranked it the 97th best British film ever.

A Life Less Ordinary

A Life Less Ordinary is a 1997 British-American black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle, written by John Hodge. It stars Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Ian Holm and Dan Hedaya.

Alien Love Triangle

Alien Love Triangle is a 2008 comedy-science fiction short film directed by Danny Boyle. It was filmed in 1999.

The film was originally intended to be one of a trilogy of 30-minute short films shown together. However, the two other films, Mimic and Impostor, were turned into full-length features, and the project was cancelled.The film had its world premiere as part of the closing ceremony of the smallest theatre in the UK, La Charrette, on 23 February 2008, an event organised by Mark Kermode of The Culture Show. Kenneth Branagh attended the screening. The film's only other recorded screening was shortly after the premiere, at the Kenneth Branagh season at the National Media Museum, again with Branagh in attendance.

Anthony Dod Mantle

Anthony Dod Mantle, DFF, ASC, BSC (born 14 April 1955) is a British cinematographer. He is notable for his work in digital cinematography and collaborations with directors Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg and Danny Boyle.

HOME (Manchester)

HOME is a centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film in Manchester, England, that opened in 2015.HOME was formed by the merger of two Manchester-based arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company.The project was funded by Manchester City Council and the Garfield Weston Foundation. Arts Council England HOME operates under a service contract with Manchester City Council to provide social benefit to the community.In 2014, filmmaker Danny Boyle became a patron, along with actress and comedian Meera Syal, director Nicholas Hytner, novelist and poet Jackie Kay, filmmaker Asif Kapadia, actress Suranne Jones, artist Phil Collins and visual artist Rosa Barba.

John Murphy (composer)

John Murphy (born 4 March 1965) is a British film composer. He is a self-taught multi-instrumental musician who began his career in the 1980s, working notably with The Lotus Eaters, Thomas Lang, Gary Wall and Claudia Brücken. Since the beginning of his career, he has collaborated numerous times with several directors, mainly Vadim Jean and Danny Boyle. He has received praise through the years and some of his awards include the Silver Award (1st Prize) at the Cannes Film Festival, a British D&AD Award, and a BMI Award.

Murphy gained recognition in the film industry while working with Guy Ritchie on his film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Michael Mann's Miami Vice, Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass and scoring various films by Danny Boyle. His instrumental tracks "In the House – In a Heartbeat" from 28 Days Later and "Adagio in D Minor" from Sunshine have been featured in a variety of TV shows, commercials and film trailers.

Millions (2004 film)

Millions is a 2004 British comedy-drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Alex Etel, Lewis Owen McGibbon, and James Nesbitt. The screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce adapted his novel while the film was in the process of being made. The novel Millions was subsequently awarded the Carnegie Medal. This is Danny Boyle's only film not R rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Shallow Grave

Shallow Grave is a 1994 British black comedy crime film that marked the cinematic directorial debut of Danny Boyle with an original screenplay by John Hodge. It provided starring roles for the then relatively little-known actors Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston and Kerry Fox. The film was not only the directorial debut of Danny Boyle, but Ewan McGregor's first feature film role, John Hodge's first screenplay, and Andrew Macdonald's first job as a producer.The production was funded by Channel 4 television and the film was distributed by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film that is a loose adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author Vikas Swarup, telling the story of Jamal Malik, age 18, from the Juhu slums of Mumbai. Starring Dev Patel as Jamal, and filmed in India, the film was directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson, with Loveleen Tandan credited as co-director.As a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Jamal Malik surprises everyone by being able to answer every question correctly. Accused of cheating, Jamal recounts his life story to the police, illustrating how he is able to answer each question correctly.

After its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and later screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival, Slumdog Millionaire had a nationwide release in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2009, in India on 22 January 2009, and in the United States on 23 January 2009.Regarded as a sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionaire was widely acclaimed, being praised for its plot, soundtrack, direction, and performances, especially Patel's. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight—the most for any 2008 film—including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It won seven BAFTA Awards including Best Film, five Critics' Choice Awards and four Golden Globes. However it was also the subject of controversy, especially in India, due to its portrayal of Indian society, the use of the word "slumdog" in the title and perceived exploitation of some of the younger actors.

Steve Jobs (film)

Steve Jobs is a 2015 biographical drama film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from the 2011 book of the same name by Walter Isaacson as well as interviews conducted by Sorkin, the film is structured into three acts which cover 14 years (1984–1998) in the life of personal computing innovator and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, with each act taking place immediately prior to the launch of a key product – the Apple Macintosh, the NeXT Computer and the iMac. Jobs is portrayed by Michael Fassbender, with Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Jeff Daniels in supporting roles.

Development on the project began in 2011 after the rights to Isaacson's book were acquired. Sorkin wrote the screenplay and filming began in January 2015. A variety of actors were considered and cast before Fassbender eventually took the role. Editing was extensive on the project, with editor Elliot Graham noting that he was working on existing footage while the film was still shooting. Daniel Pemberton served as the film's composer, with a focus dedicated to dividing the score into three distinguishable sections.

Steve Jobs premiered at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival on September 5, 2015, and began a limited release in New York City and Los Angeles on October 9, 2015. It opened nationwide in the U.S. on October 23, 2015, to critical acclaim. People close to Jobs such as Steve Wozniak and John Sculley praised the film's performances, but the film also received criticisms for its inaccuracy in some of its scenes. Winslet won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress and Sorkin won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay at the 73rd Golden Globes, while Fassbender and Winslet received nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, at the 88th Academy Awards.

Sunshine (2007 film)

Sunshine is a 2007 science fiction thriller film directed by Danny Boyle and adapted from a screenplay written by Alex Garland. The story takes place in the year 2057, and follows a group of astronauts on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun. The ensemble cast features Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, and Chipo Chung. The director cast a group of international actors for the film, and had the actors live together and learn about topics related to their roles, as a form of method acting.

The film was a co-production between the motion picture studios of Moving Picture Company, DNA Films, UK Film Council, and Ingenious Film Partners. Theatrically, it was commercially distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, while the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment division released the film in the video rental market. Sunshine explores physics, science and religion. Following its wide release in theatres, the film garnered several award nominations for its acting, directing, and production merits. It also won an award for Best Technical Achievement for production designer Mark Tildesley from the British Independent Film Awards. The film score was composed by John Murphy and was released by the Fox Music Group on 25 November 2008.

Previous science fiction films that Boyle cited as influences included Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 film Solaris, and Ridley Scott's 1979 science-fiction horror film Alien. Sunshine was released in the United Kingdom on 6 April 2007 and in the United States on 20 July 2007. The film took £3.2 million in the UK over twelve weeks, and in the USA it was placed no. 13 in the box office on the first weekend of its wide release. With a budget of US$40 million, it ultimately grossed US$32 million worldwide. Although the film was not considered a box office success, preceding its initial screening to the public the film was generally met with positive critical reviews. Widescreen DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film, also including the hi-definition theatrical trailer, scene selections, and director's commentary among other highlights, were released in the United States on 8 January 2008.

T2 Trainspotting

T2 Trainspotting is a 2017 British black comedy drama film, set in and around Edinburgh, Scotland. The film was directed by Danny Boyle and written by John Hodge, based on characters created by Irvine Welsh in his novel Trainspotting and its follow-up Porno. T2 was released in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2017, and worldwide throughout February and March 2017.

A sequel to Boyle's 1996 film Trainspotting, T2 stars the original ensemble cast, including leads Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle, with Shirley Henderson, James Cosmo, and Kelly Macdonald. T2 features a new character, Veronika, played by Anjela Nedyalkova. T2 includes film clips, music and archive sound from the first film.

The Beach (film)

The Beach is a 2000 English-language drama thriller film directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, which was adapted for the film by John Hodge. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet, and Robert Carlyle. It was filmed on the Thai island Koh Phi Phi.

Trainspotting (film)

Trainspotting is a 1996 British black comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald in her debut. Based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, the film was released in the United Kingdom on 23 February 1996.The Academy Award-nominated screenplay by John Hodge follows a group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh and their passage through life. Beyond drug addiction, other themes in the film are exploration of the urban poverty and squalor in Edinburgh.The film has been ranked 10th by the British Film Institute (BFI) in its list of Top 100 British films of the 20th century. In 2004 the film was voted the best Scottish film of all time in a general public poll. In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine ranked it the 10th best British film ever. A sequel, T2 Trainspotting, was released in January 2017.

Trance (2013 film)

Trance is a 2013 British psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Joe Ahearne and John Hodge from a story by Ahearne. The film stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, and Rosario Dawson. The world premiere of the film was held in London on 19 March 2013.

Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise

Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise is a television film directed by Danny Boyle released and produced by BBC in association with Destiny Films for BBC Two on 30 September 2001. A satire on door-to-door salesmen, it stars Timothy Spall, who was nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Yesterday (2019 film)

Yesterday is an upcoming 2019 British musical comedy film, directed by Danny Boyle, from a screenplay by Richard Curtis and a story by Jack Barth. It will star Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, and Ed Sheeran.

The film will be released on June 28, 2019, by Universal Pictures.

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