Andrew Birkin
British actor, screenwriter and director
Andrew Birkin
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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The 12-Year Romance That Enchanted A Generation
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There are few love affairs as steamy (and stylish) as that between French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin -- yes, like the Birkin bag. The two met on a movie set in 1968 and embarked on a 12-year romance that enchanted a generation with their tres chic burning love. The pair split in 1980, but not before collaborating on film projects, creating the album "Melody Nelson" and having a daughter, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. To get a sense of the passion between the two, just listen to their explicit duet "Je t’aime... moi non plus," which essentially features the sounds of love making in the background. With the pair's iconic style, beauty and talent, it's hard to remember they were a also regular couple who hung out on the couch from time to time. That's where "Jane & Serge: A Family Album" comes in. The book features rare photos of Jane and Serge taken by Jane's brother, photographer Andrew Birkin. Capturing the legendary cultural figures l ...
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Ten Facts About Charlotte Gainsbourg - FemaleFirst.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Her breakthrough role in The Cement Garden was directed by Andrew Birkin, who happens to be her uncle. 10. In 2007, Gainsbourg had an operation to remove a life threatening cerebral brain haemorrhage after reporting repeated headaches to her doctor
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Cricket: Pugh and Lucas stun high-flying Leek - Stoke & Staffordshire
Google News - over 5 years
Andrew Birkin responded with 45, before Tom Baskeyfield's 4-34 left Burslem on 163-7, from 34.3 overs, when the rain put paid to a thrilling finish. Audley showed stubborn resistance to share the spoils with Norton. David Reynolds hit seven boundaries
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Bà bầu “khoe hàng” gây sốc tại Cannes - 24 giờ
Google News - almost 6 years
... nhưng lớn lên tại Paris, Pháp. Mẹ cô là nữ diễn viên kiêm ca sĩ người Anh Jane Birkin, còn cha là diễn viên kiêm ca sĩ Serge Gainsbourg, người Pháp. Bà ngoại của cô là nữ diễn viên Judy Campbell, còn cậu của cô là nhà viết kịch bản Andrew Birkin,
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Entertainment-packed night in store for Gwynedd Africa charity - Caernarfon Herald
Google News - almost 6 years
Llyn based charity Anno's Africa was set up by film director Andrew Birkin and script writer Bee Gilbert in memory of their son Anno, a promising musician who was killed in a car accident in 2001. The charity works in the Kibera and Mathare slums in
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Controversial Biopic About Austrian Kidnapping Victim Greenlighted (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - almost 6 years
Screenwriter Andrew Birkin (The Name of the Rose), who co-wrote the original drafts of the Vernon God Little script with Bernd Eichinger, will now continue on his own. Eichinger was working on another project at the time of his death: the sprawling
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Ian McEwan : «Le nucléaire, oui merci!» - Le Figaro
Google News - almost 6 years
Quatre décennies plus tard, malgré le volcan Brett Easton Ellis et le séisme Houellebecq, l'immorale tribu enfantine du Jardin de ciment (adapté au cinéma en 1993 par Andrew Birkin avec sa nièce Charlotte Gainsbourg) reste une référence toxique
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FILM REVIEW; The Sweet Smell of Life That Drives Him to Kill
NYTimes - about 10 years
Adapted from Patrick Süskind's clammy, high-toned international best seller, ''Perfume: The Story of a Murderer'' is of interest mainly as an example of what might be called the sensory imperialism of cinema. Quite a few movies, not content to stimulate the eyes and ears, try to conquer the other senses as well. Touch and taste are the favorites
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Capturing a Whiff Of a Repellant Hero
NYTimes - over 10 years
''PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER,'' Patrick Süskind's seductive novel about the power of scent, was first published in Germany and went on to sell 15 million copies around the world. For its many fans the evocative tale lingered like the bottom note of a fragrance. But it took 21 years to find its way onto screens. A film adaptation is opening
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Critic's Notebook; Reading Films, Watching Books
NYTimes - about 12 years
David Evanier's new biography, ''Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin,'' comes with a praising blurb on the dust jacket from Kevin Spacey himself, who not only plays Darin in the film ''Beyond the Sea,'' but also sings, dances and was the movie's director, co-writer and co-producer. But while Mr. Spacey calls the book ''compelling'' and ''a
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THE LAST WORD; The Lost Boy
NYTimes - about 13 years
AN interesting fact about ''Peter Pan,'' the play by James M. Barrie, now approaching its centenary, is that Captain Hook was an afterthought. According to Andrew Birkin, author of ''J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys,'' ''it was only due to the prosaic necessity of a 'front-cloth scene' to give the stagehands time to change the scenery . . . that Hook
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FILM REVIEW; Joan, Medieval Warrior Princess
NYTimes - over 17 years
The Hundred Years War feels twice that long in ''The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,'' Luc Besson's shrill, overheated portrait of the teenage warrior, cross-dresser and martyr. Saving France from English clutches this time is Milla Jovovich, bringing hearty cries of ''C'mon! C'mon!'' to a story usually associated with spirituality and
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FILM;That Unhappy Governess, Yet Again
NYTimes - almost 21 years
THE ACTRESS Charlotte Gainsbourg looked wistfully at a lock of Charlotte Bronte's hair, woven into a mourning bracelet, at the Pierpoint Morgan Library's "Art of the Brontes" exhibition. Ms. Gainsbourg was visiting New York to promote "Jane Eyre," opening on Friday and based, of course, on Bronte's 1847 novel about an impoverished governess who
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Correction
NYTimes - about 23 years
An article on Feb. 6 about Andrew Birkin, a British film maker, misidentified the company that released the movie "Sweetie." It was Avenue Pictures, not October Films.
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Review/Film; Hiding Mother in the Cellar In a Trunk of Fresh Cement
NYTimes - about 23 years
It's hard to imagine that a film about burying your mum in the basement and sleeping with your sister could turn out to be as flat as "The Cement Garden." Andrew Birkin's version of Ian McEwan's dark coming-of-age novel treats its subject with such earnest matter-of-factness that the most unsettling elements turn dull. Even a handful of exquisitely
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FILM; A Director Focuses on Children and Incest
NYTimes - about 23 years
The British film maker Andrew Birkin insists that his new movie, "The Cement Garden," is not necessarily about incest. Yes, he says, the film, which opens on Friday, shows a brother and a sister making love. But, says the 48-year-old director, who also wrote the screenplay, "The Cement Garden" is actually more about "freedom," "making connections"
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Review/Film; She's 40. He's 15. Hmmm.
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: By the time they're 40 years old, most people have learned not to blurt out their romantic fantasies to casual strangers; they know enough to reserve offbeat desires for someone bound by loyalty not to laugh out loud. But Jane Birkin and Agnes Varda, respectively the actress and director responsible for ''Kung Fu Master,'' blithely trot out
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HOME ENTERTAINMENT/NEW VIDEO RELEASES
NYTimes - almost 28 years
LEAD: Everybody's All American 1988. Warner Home Video. 2 hours, 7 minutes. $89.95. Laser disk, $29.95. Closed captioned. R. Over a period of 25 years a Louisiana football hero named Gavin Grey (Dennis Quaid) gradually goes from the top of the heap to over the hill while his wife, Babs (Jessica Lange), blossoms from Magnolia Queen into a strong
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Review/Film; A Boy's Errant Mother
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: ''Burning Secret'' is a small, minutely observed emotional drama about the rude coming-of-age of a sheltered 12-year-old boy. ''Burning Secret'' is a small, minutely observed emotional drama about the rude coming-of-age of a sheltered 12-year-old boy. The time is 1919. Edmund is the asthmatic son of the American ambassador to Austria and his
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FILM: MEDIEVAL MYSTERY IN 'NAME OF THE ROSE'
NYTimes - over 30 years
IT'S possible that nobody could have been more surprised than Umberto Eco, the Italian journalist, critic and professor of semiotics, when, in 1983, his first novel, ''The Name of the Rose,'' became a best seller in this country as it had earlier been in Europe. Mr. Eco clearly had not set out to please the unfathomable tastes of book buyers.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Andrew Birkin
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 67
    In 2013, Taschen published a selection of his photographs and an autobiographical essay in Jane & Serge: A Family Album.
    More Details Hide Details Birkin has four sons and a daughter. David Birkin (born 1977), artist and photographer, is his eldest son, followed by Anno Birkin (1980–2001), poet and musician and Ned Birkin (born 1985), whom Birkin directed in The Cement Garden. He is married to artist Karen Birkin, with whom he has a daughter, Emily Jane (born December 2008) and a son, Thomas Bernie (born April 2011). Two of his nieces are actresses: Charlotte Gainsbourg, who also appeared in The Cement Garden, and Lou Doillon. He lives on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales.
  • 2009
    Age 63
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 52
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 47
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 34
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The critic Sean Day-Lewis wrote in the Daily Telegraph, 'I doubt if biography has ever been better televised than in this sensitive and beautifully crafted masterpiece, and I am quite sure such excellence is beyond any other television service in the world.' The BBC's Director-General Sir Ian Trethowan called it 'a landmark in television drama'. Birkin has also written a biographical account of Barrie's relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family, J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys (1979; 2nd edition 2003), described by The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature as 'the most candid and perceptive biography to have been written of Barrie'. Birkin also hosts Barrie's official website on behalf of the Great Ormond Street Hospital, to whom he donated his Barrie/Llewelyn Davies/Peter Pan archive in 2004.
  • 1968
    Age 22
    In 1968, Kubrick again engaged Birkin as his assistant director and location scout on his unmade epic of Napoleon.
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  • 1967
    Age 21
    After working as First Assistant Director to the Beatles on Magical Mystery Tour in 1967, Birkin began writing scripts for producer David Puttnam, including The Pied Piper (1971) for director Jacques Demy, Slade In Flame (1974) for the rock band Slade (which won the Vision Award at the 2007 MOJO Awards), and an unmade adaptation of Albert Speer's Inside the Third Reich for Puttnam and Paramount, which involved a year's collaboration and taped interviews with Speer in 1972.
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    In 1967 Birkin supervised the shooting of 'The Dawn of Man' front projection plates in the Namib Desert.
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  • 1966
    Age 20
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He began work as a runner on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1965, but soon became Kubrick's location scout.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on December 9, 1945.
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