Whether rolling through Edinburgh, outer space or Mumbai, the Brit helmer has mounted an eclectic cinematic crusade. His dark, neo-noir “Shallow Grave” launched the filmmaker’s career, while “Trainspotting,” his imaginative and exhilarating portrait of heroin addiction, expanded his portfolio.
Armed with Hollywood backing, however, “The Beach,” an incursion into island chaos with Leonardo DiCaprio, was a battle lost. With the film industry forces against him, Boyle then devised a winning counterattack: “28 Days Later,” a smart, low-budget post-apocalyptic zombie pic (worldwide gross: $83 million).
From there, Boyle has achieved modest triumphs out of everything from a sophisticated children’s fable (“Millions”) to sci-fi (“Sunshine”) to this year’s surprise crowdpleaser “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Trophies: Toronto People’s Choice Award; San Sebastian Silver Seashell