Trudie Styler

Trudie Styler (born 6 January 1954) is an English actress, film producer and director.

Trudie Styler
Trudie Styler at the premiere of Imogene, Toronto Film Festival 2012
Styler at the premiere of Imogene, Toronto Film Festival 2012
Born6 January 1954 (age 65)
Spouse(s)
Sting (m. 1992)
Children4, including Mickey Sumner and Eliot Sumner

Acting career

Styler trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and went on to star in various period BBC productions. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, through which she played multiple major roles. Her theatre credits also include The Vagina Monologues, Twin Spirits, and The Seagull.[1][2]

She has appeared in many British television series such as The Mayor of Casterbridge and The Scold's Bridle, and in the United States television shows Empire, The Night Of, and Falling Water.

Film work includes Lifetime Television's Living Proof and Paul Haggis' The Next Three Days. Styler has also made seven popular mind-body fitness DVDs [3] released by Gaia, Inc..

Film production

In the mid-nineties Styler established Xingu Films,[4] a production company dedicated to supporting new talent, such as Guy Ritchie, Dito Montiel and Duncan Jones. In late July 2008 it was announced that Xingu had optioned American Reaper, an upcoming graphic novel written by Pat Mills, who would also write the screenplay.[5]

Styler has produced and co-directed several award-winning documentaries and feature films, including Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch; Duncan Jones' Moon; and Michael Apted's Moving the Mountain which won the 1994 International Independent Documentary Award.[6]

After moving to New York, Styler co-founded the production company Maven Pictures with Celine Rattray in 2011.[7][8] Their first feature, Girl Most Likely, starred Kristen Wiig; closely followed by Filth, starring James McAvoy; Black Nativity starring Forest Whitaker; Ten Thousand Saints starring Ethan Hawke; and American Honey starring Shia LaBeouf, which won Jury Prize (Cannes Film Festival) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Styler's 2017 directorial debut, Freak Show, is based on the New York Times bestseller by James St. James, and stars Abigail Breslin, Alex Lawther, and Bette Midler. Freak Show debuted at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

Philanthropy

In 1989, Styler and Sting started the Rainforest Foundation Fund, an organization devoted to protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples, and since 1991 she has produced regular Rock for the Rainforest benefits at Carnegie Hall. As a UNICEF Ambassador, Styler has also raised millions for their projects around the globe.[9]

In 2008, it was reported that Styler donated £10,000 into the charitable Ama Sumani cancer fund.[10] Sumani was terminally ill with cancer and unable to afford treatment in her native Ghana, but had been deported from a Cardiff hospital after the expiry of her visa. Sumani died on 19 March 2008.[11]

Styler is also a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.[12]

In 2011, she and producer Celine Rattray founded Maven Pictures, a motion picture development, production, and financing company.

Personal life

Trudie Styler was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, the daughter of Pauline and Harry Styler, a farmer and factory worker.[13][14] When Styler was two years old, she was hit by a van. She received severe facial injuries that left her badly scarred and required several plastic surgery operations up until the age of 18. Her classmates nicknamed her "scarface", which caused her to feel for many years that she was "not a very attractive person".[15]

Styler met rock musician Sting while she was in the Royal Shakespeare Company and dating actor Peter O'Toole. They were married on 22 August 1992, and have four children: Bridget Michael (a.k.a. "Mickey" born 1984), Jake Sumner (born 1985), Eliot Paulina (a.k.a. "Coco" born 1990) and Giacomo Luke (born 1995). Eliot is the lead singer for the band I Blame Coco.[16]

Filmography

Producer

Actress (selected)

Director

References

  1. ^ "Sting and Styler Perform in "Twin Spirits"".
  2. ^ "Sting's wife leads cast of 'The Seagull'".
  3. ^ "I Tried it: Sting's Wife's Yoga DVD (Filmed at their Tuscan Villa!)".
  4. ^ Xingu Films on IMDb
  5. ^ Grim 'Reaper' lands at Xingu, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 July 2008
  6. ^ Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards on IMDb
  7. ^ "Trudie Styler". Variety.
  8. ^ "Maven Pictures". Maven Pictures.
  9. ^ "Trudie Styler, film producer, environmentalist, humanitarian and actor, is a long-standing supporter of Unicef". UNICEF. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "I Don't Live By People Approval, I Never Have". Independent UK. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  11. ^ Star's support for cancer woman, BBC Wales News, 17 February 2008.
  12. ^ Elton John AIDS Foundation patrons
  13. ^ England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 [database on-line]. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office.Ancestry.co.uk Lists Trudie Styler on the index of births registered in Jan-Mar. 1954.
  14. ^ http://people.com/archive/earth-mother-vol-61-no-20/
  15. ^ Furness, Hannah (April 5, 2014). "Trudie Styler : 'I never felt that I was beautiful since childhood accident'". The Telegraph. telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  16. ^ Maxwell, Alison (May 20, 2005). "Talkin' about rock's new generation". USA Today. Retrieved November 28, 2012.

External links

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a 2006 American drama film based on a 2001 memoir of the same name by author, director, and musician Dito Montiel, which describes his youth in Astoria, New York during the 1980s.

Montiel wrote and directed the film adaptation, which was released in the United States in September and October 2006 and in Europe in March 2007. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Montiel with Shia LaBeouf as a younger Montiel.

The film's narrative jumps frequently between 2005 and flashbacks from 1986 (filmed largely with shaky camera with short shots) with characters occasionally addressing the viewer.

Celine Rattray

Celine Rattray (born 1975) is a film producer who co-founded the production company Maven Pictures. In 2010, she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for The Kids Are All Right.

Eliot Sumner

Eliot Paulina Sumner (born 30 July 1990), is an English musician and an electronic music producer. Her debut album, The Constant (2010), was released under the band name I Blame Coco, while her solo work has been released under her birth name. She is the daughter of musician Sting and actress Trudie Styler.

Filth (film)

Filth is a 2013 British black comedy crime film written and directed by Jon S. Baird, based on Irvine Welsh's novel Filth. The film was released on 27 September 2013 in Scotland, 4 October 2013 elsewhere in the UK and Ireland, 30 May 2014 in the United States. It stars James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, and Jim Broadbent.

Freak Show (film)

Freak Show is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Trudie Styler and written by Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio, based on the novel of the same name by James St. James. The film stars Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson, Celia Weston, Laverne Cox and Bette Midler.

The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2017. It was released on January 12, 2018, by IFC Films.

Girl Most Likely

Girl Most Likely is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. Based on a screenplay by Michelle Morgan, the film stars Kristen Wiig as a playwright who stages a suicide in an attempt to win back her ex, only to wind up in the custody of her gambling-addict mother, played by Annette Bening. Matt Dillon, Christopher Fitzgerald, Natasha Lyonne, and Darren Criss co-star.

The film was screened under its original title Imogene at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012. The same month, Lionsgate bought the US distribution rights following its Toronto premiere and released it with Roadside Attractions on July 19, 2013.

Greenfingers

Greenfingers is a 2000 British comedy film directed and written by Joel Hershman. It is loosely based on the true story about the award-winning prisoners of HMP Leyhill, a minimum-security prison in the Cotswolds, England, a story published in The New York Times in 1998.

Living Proof (film)

Living Proof is a 2008 Lifetime Television film, directed by Dan Ireland, starring Harry Connick, Jr.

The film is based on the true life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon and the book HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer by Robert Bazell. Vivienne Radkoff wrote the film script, and is also one of the film's executive producers. Renée Zellweger is another executive producer, together with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan.

Tammy Blanchard, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Angie Harmon, John Benjamin Hickey, Regina King, Swoosie Kurtz, Paula Cale Lisbe, Amy Madigan, Bernadette Peters, and Trudie Styler are featured in the supporting cast.

The film premiered on October 18, 2008, for Lifetime's "Stop Breast Cancer for Life" public service and advocacy campaign, during the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.A red carpet premiere evening screening took place in New York on September 24, 2008, with a reception following with Harry Connick, Jr. and Bernadette Peters performing. Subsequent screenings took place in Washington, D.C. (September 25), Los Angeles (October 7), and London (October 9).

Maven Pictures

Maven Pictures is an American motion picture company co-founded by Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray in 2011. It is based in New York City.

Moon (film)

Moon is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Nathan Parker from a story by Jones. The film follows Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Moon. It was the feature debut of director Duncan Jones. Kevin Spacey voices Sam's robot companion, GERTY. Moon premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was released in selected cinemas in New York and Los Angeles on 12 June 2009. The release was expanded to additional theatres in the United States on 10 July and to the United Kingdom on 17 July.

Moon was modestly budgeted and grossed just under $10 million worldwide but was well-received by critics. Rockwell's performance found praise as did the film's scientific realism and plausibility. It won numerous film critic and film festival awards and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Moving the Mountain (1994 film)

Moving the Mountain is a 1994 feature documentary directed by Michael Apted and produced by Trudie Styler, with cinematography by Maryse Alberti and music by Liu Sola.

The film takes its title from the memoir by Li Lu, one of the student leaders of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Though Li Lu is a central figure in the finished film, the project set out to provide a comprehensive understanding of the events leading up to and following the Tiananmen Square protests. The film features interviews with five of the student leaders (Wang Dan, Chai Ling, Wu'er Kaixi, Wang Chaohua and Li Lu), several supporters of the movement and Wei Jingsheng, a prominent dissident who led the Democracy Wall movement of 1978. Interviews with Wang Dan, number 1 on the government's most-wanted list, and Wei Jingsheng were conducted in secret in Beijing, with the remaining interviews conducted in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles. the film includes extensive archival footage from the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Incident of 1976, the Death of Mao Zedong in 1976, the Democracy Wall movement of 1978, and the protests of 1989. This footage was supplemented by dramatic recreations of key childhood events in the life of Li Lu filmed in Taiwan and of the escape routes of several student leaders filmed in Hong Kong.

Novitiate (film)

Novitiate is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Maggie Betts. Starring Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Morgan Saylor, Dianna Agron, Julianne Nicholson, Liana Liberato, Denis O'Hare, and Maddie Hasson, the film follows a young woman (Qualley) who starts to question her faith as she trains to become a nun.

Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints is a 2015 American drama film written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. It is based on the novel of the same name by Eleanor Henderson. The film stars Asa Butterfield as Jude Keffy-Horn, the protagonist of the story.The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015.The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on August 14, 2015 by Screen Media Films.

The Grotesque (film)

The Grotesque (also known as Grave Indiscretion and Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets) is a 1995 British film by John-Paul Davidson, adapted from the 1989 novel of the same name by Patrick McGrath. It stars Alan Bates, Lena Headey, Theresa Russell and Sting.

Academy Award-winning Costume Designer Colleen Atwood worked on the film, and McGrath's wife, actress Maria Aitken, performed in a supporting role.

The Hard Case

The Hard Case is a 1995 British short film directed and written by Guy Ritchie and featured Darren Spencer as The player and Benedick Bates as a player and Wale Ojo as the gambler. A twenty-minute film, it precedes Ritchie's better known Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Trudie Styler saw The Hard Case and invested money into Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (her husband Sting would play a role in this feature film).

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018 film)

The Kindergarten Teacher is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sara Colangelo. It is based on the 2014 Israeli film of the same name. It stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov, Rosa Salazar, Michael Chernus and Gael García Bernal.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018. It was released on October 12, 2018, by Netflix in the United States and Canada.

The Sweatbox

The Sweatbox is a 2002 documentary designed to show behind the scenes footage of Kingdom of the Sun (the original working title of The Emperor's New Groove). It illustrated the slow and painful transformation from Kingdom of the Sun to The Emperor's New Groove, including the director, musician Sting (whose wife created the documentary), artists, and voice cast being dismayed by the new direction. A major theme is creative-executive conflicts.

Villa Il Palagio

Villa Il Palagio is a villa and farm estate in Figline Valdarno, to the south of Rignano sull'Arno, in the province of Florence in the Italian region Tuscany. The estate has belonged to the famous musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler since the late 1990s.

Wildling (film)

Wildling is a 2018 American horror-fantasy film directed by Fritz Böhm and starring Bel Powley, Brad Dourif, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, James LeGros, and Liv Tyler. The screenplay was co-written by Böhm and Florian Eder. The plot follows Anna, a blossoming teenager who uncovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood. The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 10, 2018 and has received favorable reviews. It was released in the United States in select theaters and on video on demand on April 13, 2018, by IFC Films under their IFC Midnight brand.

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