Sam Mendes
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United Kingdom
2020

Neal Street Productions

Sam
Mendes

Mendes took the experience with massive-scale action filmmaking he gleaned from a pair of Bond films (2012’s “Skyfall” and 2015’s “Spectre”) and used it to craft the artful and emotional war film “1917,” which follows two WWI soldiers on a mission to deliver an urgent message to the British frontlines. Shot to appear as if it was captured in one continuous take (in reality, it was several takes), it grossed $381 million worldwide and won 3 out of its 10 Oscar nominations. Mendes first made a name for himself in the London theater in the ’90s before transitioning to film with 1999’s “American Beauty,” which won him an Oscar for best director, and this year he established the Theatre Arts Fund to aid British stage professionals put out of work by the pandemic.

Career

  • REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
  • SKYFALL
  • 1917

Education

  • University of Cambridge (UK)

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Mendes took the experience with massive-scale action filmmaking he gleaned from a pair of Bond films (2012’s “Skyfall” and 2015’s “Spectre”) and used it to craft the artful and emotional war film “1917,” which follows two WWI soldiers on a mission to deliver an urgent message to the British frontlines. Shot to appear as if it was captured in one continuous take (in reality, it was several takes), it grossed $381 million worldwide and won 3 out of its 10...

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