30 April 1963 |
Truro, Cornwall, UK
|Alma mater||St Catherine's College, Oxford|
James Marsh (born 30 April 1963) is a British film and documentary director best known for his work on Man on Wire, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and The Theory of Everything the multi-award winning biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking released in 2014.
When Marsh was ten, his father became a born-again Christian who banned him from watching films. Marsh won a scholarship to the University of Oxford. As an undergraduate, he studied at St Catherine's College, Oxford and graduated with a degree in English,.
Marsh began his early career in directing with several documentaries made for the BBC. His first TV documentary was the 90-minute, Troubleman – The Last Years of Marvin Gaye, and was followed by The 26-minute 1990 documentary The Animator of Prague starring Jan Svankmajer and his works. Later came The Burger and the King: The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley, in 1995, and the Welsh musician John Cale, which was made in 1998. His relationship continued with the BBC as a producer in 1993 for 3 Arena series episodes.
In 2008 he made the documentary Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit's walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Man on Wire won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 81st annual Oscars, the BAFTA Award for Best British film, the Independent Spirit Award, and many others. The film, called "exhilarating", has had a hugely positive audience response and was among the Top Ten Films of 2008 on many critics' lists.
He also directed Project Nim in 2010, which is based on the book Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess. It is a documentary about the landmark study conducted by Herbert S. Terrace on the subject of animal language acquisition and the subject of the study is a chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky. Marsh watched different films to gain inspiration before making Project Nim. He watched E.T., Frederick Wiseman's Primate, and the Bresson film Au Hasad Balthazar. He gained the most information from Au Hasad Balthazar which is a fictional account of a donkey as it passes through various human owners. The structure of Project Nim reflects a lot from this film as we see the drama of the human world through the eyes of the chimpanzee.
In 2012, he directed Shadow Dancer, a joint Irish/UK production about the Irish republican movement, which was filmed in Dublin and London. The film features Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson, Domhnall Gleeson and Aidan Gillen.
Most recently he directed The Theory of Everything, a biopic on Stephen Hawking starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Marsh received a nomination for the BAFTA for Best Director and the film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
|List of awards and nominations|
|Year||Award / Film Festival||Category||Work||Result||Ref(s)|
|2001||BAFTA Award||Huw Wheldon Award||Wisconsin Death Trip||Nominated|
|2006||Gotham Awards||Breakthrough Director Award||The King||Nominated|
|2008||Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Documentary||Man on Wire||Won|||
|Directors Guild of America||Best Director - Documentary||Nominated|
|European Film Awards||Best Documentary||Nominated|
|Gotham Independent Film Awards 2008||Best Documentary||Nominated|
|2009||Academy Awards||Best Documentary||Man on Wire||Won|||
|BAFTA Award||Best British Film||Won|||
|Cinema Eye Honors||Best Film-Making||Won|||
|Audience Choice Prize||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Documentary||Won|||
|2011||Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Documentary||Project Nim||Nominated|
|Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011||Best Documentary||Won|||
|Directors Guild of America||Best Director - Documentary||Won|||
|2012||BAFTA Award||Best Documentary||Project Nim||Nominated|
|Cinema Eye Honors||Best Film-Making||Nominated|
|Audience Choice Prize||Nominated|
|Evening Standard British Film Awards||Best Documentary||Nominated|
|Dinard British Film Festival||Golden Hitchcock Award||Shadow Dancer||Won|||
|Edinburgh International Film Festival||Best Feature Film||Nominated|
|Film by the Sea International Film Festival||Film Award||Nominated|
|2013||Humanitas Prize||Best Documentary||Man on Wire||Nominated|
|2015||BAFTA Award||Best British Film||The Theory of Everything||Won|||
- "THE Q&A: JAMES MARSH, FILM DIRECTOR". 24 September 2013.
- "Interview: James Marsh". RadioTimes. 12 August 2011. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- "12TH BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL : JAMES MARSH". 24 September 2013.
- "Festival de Cannes: The King". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
- "'Shadow Dancer' Begins Filming in Ireland". IFTN. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- Child, Ben (13 June 2013). "Eddie Redmayne set to play Stephen Hawking in biopic". The Guardian.
- James Marsh talks about Red Riding and the Ripper
- "2008 EDA Awards". AWFJ.org. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- "Academy Awards". CNN.com. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- "2009 Bafta". Bafta.org. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- Willmore, Alison (2009-01-19). "2009 Cinema Eye". IFC.com. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- Brooks, Brian (2009-02-21). ""The Wrestler" Leads 2009 Spirit Award Winners". Indiewire.com. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- "BFC Award". Bostonfilmcritics.org. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- "DGA Awards". Dga.org. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- "2012 Festival du Film". Festivaldufilm. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
- "2015 BAFTA Awards". BAFTA.org. Retrieved 2015-02-12.