South African filmmaker Roger Michell, who signed the cult romantic comedy “Love at first sight in Notting Hill”, died on Wednesday at the age of 65.
He was the father of the cult romantic comedy Thunderbolt in Notting Hill. South African director Roger Michell died on Wednesday at the age of 65. The reasons for his death have not been communicated.
Roger Michell began his career as a television director. He makes the series Downtown Lagos in 1991 and The Buddha of Suburbia in 1993. He continued in 1994 with the staging of the TV movie Ready when you are, Mr. Patel and adapted in 1995 Persuasion by Jane Austen, winner of a BAFTA Award.
In 1996, Roger Michell directed his first feature film for the cinema by bringing to the screen his show My night with Reg which had collected many awards when it was premiered in the West End. He then directed the drama Titanic town with Julie Walters in the lead role. She embodies a cleaning lady from Belfast who takes up the cause for peace in Ireland.
1999 is the year of the consecration: Roger Michell directs Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in Love at first sight in Notting Hill, a romantic comedy that is hugely successful worldwide. In 2001, he changed registers and made a thriller titled Uncontrolled Drifts, in which a trivial collision between two cars sets off hostilities between Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson.
After these two Hollywood productions, Roger Michell returns to a more intimate register with The Mother, a sentimental drama addressing the theme of the sexuality of the sixties, presented at the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
The following year, Roger Michell directed Délire d’Amour and reunited with Rhys Ifans, Hugh Grant’s deranged roommate in Love at first sight in Notting Hill. Then he gives a lead role to Peter O’Toole with Venus, continuing to deepen the complexity of sexual relations in the elderly.
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The following two years, Roger Michell fixed his intrigues over two days. Royal Weekend, with Bill Murray and Samuel West, seals a historic meeting in the United States between Franklin D. Roosevelt and King George VI. And A Weekend in Paris makes a couple of sixties fly away in the City of Light, 30 years after their honeymoon.
Roger Michell, who then signs the historical drama My Cousin Rachel, with Rachel Weisz, and Blackbird, with Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, had recently directed The Duke, the story ofa 60-year-old taxi driver (Jim Broadbent) who steals a prestigious portrait of the Duke of Wellington painted by Goya. He then sends ransom notes, threatening not to return the painting unless the government … makes access to television free for the elderly. The film will be released in theaters on February 23.
The trailer for “The Duke”, in theaters on February 23:
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Death of Roger Michell, director of Love at first sight in Notting Hill