Paul Greengrass Biography
Paul Greengrass is an English film director who previously worked as a journalist. He is also a screenwriter and produces films. Greengrass is known for his specialization in real-life events dramatizations as well as his signature use of hand-held cameras.
He has several awards for his directing prowess. They include a BAFTA Award for Best Director in the film United 93 (2006) and an Academy Award for Best Director nomination, Green Zone (2010) and Captain Phillips (2013).
Some of his films have also received awards like the Bloody Sunday which won the Golden Bear at the 52nd Berlin International Film Festival and Omagh, which he co-wrote and produced in 2004 and won a British Academy Television Award.
He is a co-founder of Directors UK, which was founded in 2007. It is a professional organization of British filmmakers whose first President was Greengrass till 2014. In 2008, he was named among the most influential people in British culture by The Telegraph.
Paul Greengrass Age
The Jason Bourne film director is 63 years old as of 2018. He was born on 13 August 1955 in Cheam, Sutton, United Kingdom.
Paul Greengrass Family
Paul was born into the family of a teacher (mother) and her husband, a river pilot and merchant seaman (father). He has a sibling, Mark Greengrass, a noted English historian.
Director Paul Greengrass
Greengrass began working as a director back in the 80s with his first station being for the ITV current affairs programme World in Action. During that time, he investigated timber-framed house construction that has since been cited as the prevention of its widespread adoption in Britain.
For films, he directed non-fiction ones that were made for television like The One That Got Away and The Fix. The Theory of Flight (his 1998 film) dealt with the issue of the sexuality of people who have disabilities.
In 1999, he directed the film titled The Murder of Stephen Lawrence which told the story of a black youth (Stephen Lawrence) whose murder was not properly investigated by the Metropolitan Police, leading to accusations about institutional racism in the police.
He also directed a movie showing the 1972 Bloody Sunday shootings of Irish anti-internment activists by British soldiers in Bloody Sunday (2002). In 2014, he co-wrote Omagh, a television film that is based on the bombing of 1998. It won the British Academy Television Award for Best Single Drama and was the first professional film that Paul had not directed.
The Bourne Supremacy, a film that Paul directed in 2004 and starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne secured Greengrass’s reputation as it was an enormous financial and critical success.
Greengrass directed another film in 2006, this time it was based on the 11 September 2001 hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93. The film was titled United 93. It led him to win the BAFTA award for Best Director at the 60th British Academy Film Awards and earned him an Oscar nomination at the 79th Academy Awards. He also earned the Writers Guild of America Award and BAFTA nominations for Best Original Screenplay for writing the film.
In 2007, he directed another Bourne film from the Bourne franchise: The Bourne Ultimatum. It’s success was greater than the preceding two films, earning him another BAFTA nomination for Best Director at the 61st British Academy Film Awards.
He has directed other films like:
- Captain Phillips (11 October 2013) – about the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009
- Jason Bourne (29 July 2016) – the fifth Jason Bourne film starring Matt Damon again.
- 22 July (October 10, 2018) – a docudrama film following the 2011 Norway attacks
Paul Greengrass Net Worth
The English producer and director has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Jason Bourne Paul Greengrass
Jason William Bourne is an American action thriller film directed and written by Paul Greengrass alongside Christopher Rouse. It is part of the Bourne film series (fifth installment) and is a direct sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). It stars Matt Damon as former CIA assassin and psychogenic amnesiac Jason Bourne. Other leading actors and actresses are Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Ato Essandoh and Scott Shepherd.
The Paul Greengrass Cinema | Paul Greengrass Cinema
This is a cinema in Gravesend. It is the only cinema in the area and is located inside the Civic Centre. In every month, there are new releases from the cinema. It has Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, Live Theatre Screenings and has showings of 3D films.
Paul Greengrass Movies List
Paul Greengrass Films
|1996||The One That Got Away||Yes||Yes|
|1998||The Theory of Flight||Yes|
|1999||The Murder of Stephen Lawrence||Yes||Yes|
|The Bourne Supremacy||Yes|
|2007||The Bourne Ultimatum||Yes|
Paul Greengrass Interview
Paul Greengrass: Why I Needed to Make ’22 July’
The director and lead actor discuss the moral responsibility of making a movie about a real-life atrocity — and why it was urgent to tell the story of the 2011 Norway attacks right now.
Adopted from: rollingstone.com
Published: October 16, 2018
Paul Greengrass was stuck. It was early 2016, and he’d been exploring a possible project about the migration of refugees coming through Lampedusa, the Italian island that had become a landing point for many seeking asylum in Europe — as well as the site of numerous incidents involving sinking boats and mass deaths.
Something, however, did not feel right. “I just had the sense that this was a small part of a bigger picture,” the director says, reflecting back on his moment of frustration while sitting in a Manhattan hotel room. “And I wanted to address that. I found myself thinking, ‘I’m in the wrong place. I’m in the wrong part of Europe. This feels like it’s playing into something much larger.’”
So the British filmmaker pushed aside the idea of dramatizing the crisis happening off the Sicilian coast. Instead, he found himself thinking about a specific event that had occurred in 2011 in Norway.
“I suddenly thought: There’s the connection,” Greengrass adds. “The idea of globalization, those who feel alienated by it, and how this massacre was sort of an inciting moment. And then there was democracy, struggling after it had been tested. There was Breivik, and there was this young boy at the trial, Viljar Hanssen, who’d testified about surviving the attack. I could personalize the conflicting ideologies. I could personalize this fight for society’s soul.”
The result, titled 22 July — and which hit select theaters and premiered on Netflix recreates a genuinely horrific day. Viewers will watch as young men and women on the island frolic, flirt and speak hopefully about the future. They will watch Breivik, played by Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie, calmly pull out assault rifles and methodically murder innocent citizens. They will watch parents weep in hospital hallways, and Breivik’s lawyer (Jon Øigarden) reluctantly counsel his client. And you will see a man who committed a senseless act of violence smile and justify his actions by saying he’s doing this in the name of a Neo-Nazi, anti-feminist, white-supremacist “movement,” using hate speech that sounds eerily familiar today.
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