Andrew Birkin

Actor + Screenwriter and Director
Born Dec 9, 1945

Andrew Birkin is an English screenwriter, director, and occasional actor. He was born the only son of Lieutenant-Commander David Birkin and his wife, the actress Judy Campbell. One of his sisters is the actress Jane Birkin.

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1945 Birth Born on December 9, 1945.


1963 17 Years Old Birkin left Harrow School at the age of 17 to work as a mail boy at 20th Century Fox's London office, graduating to Elstree Studios as a production runner in 1963. … Read More


1966 20 Years Old By the summer of 1966, Kubrick had promoted Birkin to Assistant Director on Special Effects; Birkin later proposed the shooting and colour transposition of aerial footage for the 'Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite' sequence, some of which he filmed from a helicopter over Scotland.
1967 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967 Birkin supervised the shooting of 'The Dawn of Man' front projection plates in the Namib Desert.
1968 22 Years Old In 1968, Kubrick again engaged Birkin as his assistant director and location scout on his unmade epic of Napoleon.
1975 29 Years Old Having worked on an adaptation of Peter Pan for NBC in 1975, Birkin conceived and wrote The Lost Boys (1978), a 3-part mini-series for the BBC about Peter Pan's creator J.M. Barrie, which won him writing awards from the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the Royal Television Society. … Read More


1980 34 Years Old In 1980, Birkin won a BAFTA award and an Academy Award nomination for his short film Sredni Vashtar, based on the short story by Saki, which he wrote, produced and directed for 20th Century Fox.
1984 38 Years Old In 1984 he wrote the shooting script for The Name of the Rose (in which he also had a small acting role), and in 1988 he wrote and directed Burning Secret, based on the novel by Stefan Zweig, which won two awards at the 1989 Venice Film Festival, as well as the Young Jury prize for Best Film at the Brussels Film Festival.


1993 47 Years Old In 1993, Birkin wrote and directed The Cement Garden, based on the novel by Ian McEwan, for which he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as Best Film at several film festivals, including Dinard, Fort Lauderdale, and Birmingham.


1998 52 Years Old In 1998 he collaborated with Luc Besson on the script of The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, and in 2004 co-wrote the screenplay for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.


2009 63 Years Old In 2009 Birkin wrote a screenplay for Heathcliff Films based on Mark Kurzem's The Mascot, followed by an adaptation of Julia Stuart's The Matchmaker of Périgord for Ratpack Films, as well as Vernon God Little for X Filme, to be directed by Werner Herzog.
2013 67 Years Old In 2013, Taschen published a selection of his photographs and an autobiographical essay in Jane & Serge: A Family Album. … Read More
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