Daniel Battsek
Paul Tait
United Kingdom
2020

Film4

Daniel
Battsek

Director

One strength of Film4, Channel 4’s movie production division, is it’s able to harness British talent to U.S. showbiz muscle, with the personable Battsek drawing on his stateside experience at Cohen Media, National Geographic Films and Miramax Films. Coming in 2021 are the musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” directed by newcomer Jonathan Butterell, with Disney distributing worldwide, and Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller “Last Night in Soho,” backed by Focus. Film4 is also able to spot British writing-directing talent, as it did with Rose Glass, whose psy­chological horror “Saint Maud” was picked up in the U.S. by A24 but delayed there by the pandemic, which has also impacted Film4 due to Channel 4’s budget cuts.

Career

  • THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
  • THE FAVOURITE
  • COLD WAR

Education

  • Oxford Brookes University (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Sue Bruce-Smith, Film4 Deputy Director, Dies at 62

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Film4 deputy director and industry titan Sue Bruce-Smith has died following a battle with cancer. She was 62.Bruce-Smith had been receiving treatment for cancer at home in Dublin, Ireland, with the support of her family. She died Saturday morning, Film4 confirmed to Variety.Bruce-Smith, a well-respected figure in the British film industry, spent 20 years of her career at Film4, having first joined the organization in 1997 following stints at the BFI, where she was head of international sales, and BBC...

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