Sunday, 27 October 2013

RIP Antonia Bird

Very sad and surprising news today, the British film and television director Antonia Bird has passed away aged just 54. Bird, a devotee of Ken Loach and a socially aware film maker in her own right, carved a brilliant and striking career out for herself starting at the Royal Court, and into television as one of the original directors of BBC's Casualty and EastEnders. She moved into film, directing Jimmy McGovern's polemic Priest which would begin her long association with star and 4Way Films business partner Robert Carlyle (which she set up with him, Irvine Welsh and Mark Cousins). They would go on to work together in the gangster film with a political conscience Face (which I've previously blogged about) and the blackly comic horror Ravenous. She directed the Hollywood film Mad Love and several stand out, award winning one off TV dramas such as Safe, Care, Rehab and The Hamburg Cell. Most recently she directed the brilliant BBC series The Village which starred John Simm and Maxine Peake and was one of the finest dramas on TV this year.

She passed away peacefully in her sleep following a battle with a rare anaplastic thyroid cancer.


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