Sam Mendes
British director
Sam Mendes
Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Director; the crime film Road to Perdition (2002); the James Bond movie Skyfall (2012), and his dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1996) and Gypsy (2003).
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Philippine film 'The Woman Who Left' wins Venice Golden Lion
Yahoo News - 5 months
Philippine film "The Woman Who Left", a revenge tale shot in black and white by director Lav Diaz, won the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. "I want to dedicate this film to the Filipino people and their struggle, and humanity's struggle," Diaz said as he received the award. Holding his Lion aloft, the man behind Melancholia (2008) and Century of Birthing (2011) thanked the jury, lead this year by British director Sam Mendes, who said the 20 films in competition had proved to be of "a wonderful, astonishing variety".
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
LATimes - 8 months
Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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Sam Mendes: It's time for a new James Bond director
Fox News - 9 months
Sam Mendes is finished with James Bond.The acclaimed British director of "Skyfall" and "Spectre" said Saturday he will not direct the next installment in the popular spy series that started with Sean Connery's startling 1962 performance in "Dr.
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
LATimes - 9 months
Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
LATimes - 9 months
Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
LATimes - 9 months
Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
LATimes - 9 months
Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Mendes
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 50
    In April 2016 he was named as the President of the Jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 48
    Mendes also directed the 2014 Olivier Award-nominated stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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  • 2013
    Age 47
    On 11 July 2013, it was announced that Mendes would direct the 24th James Bond film.
    More Details Hide Details Named Spectre, it was released in October 2015. This made him the first filmmaker since John Glen to direct two Bond films in a row.
    However, on 29 May 2013, it was reported that Mendes was back in negotiations with producers Wilson and Broccoli to direct the next Bond film, going back on his previous comments.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson and Broccoli were willing to postpone production of the film to ensure Mendes' participation.
    However, Mendes said in an interview with Empire Magazine in March 2013 that "It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara's very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie."
    More Details Hide Details He cited, amongst other reasons, his commitments to the stage version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear.
  • 2011
    Age 45
    They were divorced in 2011. Winslet said in 2011 that "the first stage of my divorce with Sam came through" on the same day she was filming a divorce scene for her HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce.
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  • 2010
    Age 44
    Mendes and Hall dated from 2010 to 2015.
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    On 5 January 2010, news broke that Mendes was employed to direct the 23rd Eon Productions installment of the James Bond franchise.
    More Details Hide Details The film, Skyfall, was subsequently released on 26 October 2012, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Bond films. Mendes had been employed as a consultant on the film when it was in pre-production, and had remained attached to the project during the financial troubles of MGM. The film was a major critical and commercial success, becoming the 14th film to gross over $1 billion worldwide. Following the success of Skyfall, Mendes was asked if he was returning to direct the next Bond film. He responded, "I felt I put everything I possibly could into this film and it was the Bond film I wanted to make. And if I felt I could do the same again, then absolutely I would consider doing another one. But it is a big task and I wouldn't do it unless I knew I could."
    In 2010 he co-produced a critically acclaimed documentary film Out of the Ashes that deals with cricket in Afghanistan.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012 Neal Street Productions produced the first series of the BBC One drama series, Call the Midwife, following it with a second season which began transmission in early 2013.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    Now let's talk about the second scene.'" Mendes' comedy-drama Away We Go opened the 2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The film follows a couple (John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph) searching North America for the perfect community in which to settle down and start a family. The film was well received by critics but performed poorly at the box office.
    In a January 2009 interview, Mendes commented, about directing his wife for the first time, "I would open my eyes in the morning and there Kate would be, going, 'Great!
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  • 2008
    Age 42
    In 2008 Mendes directed Revolutionary Road, starring his then-wife, Kate Winslet, along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    In 2005, Mendes directed the war film Jarhead, in association with his production company Neal Street Productions.
    More Details Hide Details The film received mixed reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 61%, and a gross revenue of US$96.9 million worldwide. The film focused on the boredom and other psychological challenges of wartime.
  • 2003
    Age 37
    Mendes married British actress Kate Winslet in May 2003 on what they characterised as a whim while on holiday in Anguilla.
    More Details Hide Details He had previously dated Rachel Weisz and Calista Flockhart. Mendes and Winslet met in 2001 when Mendes approached her about appearing in a play at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, where he was then artistic director. Their son Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes was born on 22 December 2003 in New York City. Mendes also had a stepdaughter, Mia, from Winslet's first marriage to filmmaker Jim Threapleton. The couple's representative announced on 15 March 2010 that "they separated earlier this year".
    In 2003 Mendes established Neal Street Productions, a film, television and theatre production company he would use to finance much of his later work.
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  • 2002
    Age 36
    Mendes's second film, in 2002, was Road to Perdition, which grossed US$181 million.
    More Details Hide Details The aggregate review score on Rotten Tomatoes is currently 81%; critics praised Paul Newman for his performance. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor, and won one for Best Cinematography.
  • 1999
    Age 33
    In 1999 Mendes made his film directorial debut with American Beauty, starring Kevin Spacey.
    More Details Hide Details The film grossed $356.3 million worldwide. The film won the Golden Globe Award, the BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Picture. Mendes won the Golden Globe Award, Directors Guild of America Award, and the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the sixth director to earn the Academy Award for his feature film debut.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 28
    1994 saw Mendes stage a new production of Lionel Bart's Oliver!, produced by Cameron Mackintosh.
    More Details Hide Details Mendes, a longtime fan of the work, worked in close collaboration with Bart and other production team members, William David Brohn, Martin Koch and Anthony Ward, to create a fresh staging of the well-known classic. Bart added new musical material and Mendes updated the book slightly, while the orchestrations were radically rewritten to suit the show's cinematic feel. The cast included Jonathan Pryce (after much persuasion) as Fagin, Sally Dexter as Nancy, and Miles Anderson as Bill Sikes. Mendes, Pryce and Dexter received Olivier Award nominations for their work on Oliver! He has also directed productions of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, Stephen Sondheim's Company (which had the first ever African American Bobby), Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus and his farewell duo of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night, which transferred to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    In 1993 Mendes staged an acclaimed revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret starring Jane Horrocks as Sally Bowles, Alan Cumming as Emcee, Adam Godley as Cliff Bradshaw and Sara Kestelman as Frau Schneider.
    More Details Hide Details The production was approached with a fresh concept, differing greatly from both the original 1966 production directed by Harold Prince and the famed film version, directed by Bob Fosse. This production opened at the Donmar and received four Olivier Award nominations including Best Musical Revival, before transferring promptly to Broadway where it played for several years at the Kit Kat Club (i.e. the Stephen Sondheim Theater). The Broadway cast included Cumming once again as Emcee, with Natasha Richardson as Sally, Mary Louise Wilson as Frau Schneider and John Benjamin Hickey as Cliff. Cumming and Richardson won Tony Awards for their performances.
  • 1992
    Age 26
    He spent his first two years overseeing the redesign of the theatre, and his opening production was Stephen Sondheim's Assassins in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Several successful productions followed.
  • 1990
    Age 24
    In 1990 Mendes was appointed artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, a studio space in London's Covent Garden which he helped transform into one of the city's more notable theatre venues.
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  • 1988
    Age 22
    He worked at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1988 as assistant director on a number of productions, including Major Barbara, and directing in "The Tent", the second venue.
    More Details Hide Details He later directed at the Royal National Theatre, helming Edward Bond's The Sea, Jim Cartwright's The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, and Othello with Simon Russell Beale as Iago.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 17
    He was also a "brilliant" schoolboy cricketer, according to Wisden and played for Magdalen College School in 1983 and 1984.
    More Details Hide Details He also played cricket for Cambridge University. Aged 24 Mendes directed a production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in the West End that starred Judi Dench. Soon he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his productions, many of them featuring Simon Russell Beale, included Troilus and Cressida, Richard III and The Tempest.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on August 1, 1965.
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