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Getting to Know Michael Winterbottom
2003. 51st Edition
Films
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24 Hour Party People
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
The ineffable Tony Wilson, TV host and altruistic instigator of Manchester's indie movement, guides us through the fifteen years of the city's existence as ?Madchester?, the world pop capital, from the first Sex Pistols concert until the fall of the Factory Records label, created by Wilson to launch groups as legendary as Joy Division or Happy Mondays.
The ineffable Tony Wilson, TV host and altruistic instigator of Manchester's indie movement, guides us through the fifteen years of the city's existence as ?Madchester?, the world pop capital, from the first Sex Pistols concert until the fall of the Factory Records label, created by Wilson to launch groups as legendary as Joy Division or Happy Mondays.
Butterfly Kiss
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
Wandering along the motorway in search of a woman named Judith, Eunice leaves a trail of corpses in her wake. One day she crosses paths with Miriam, who takes her home in the endeavour to help her. The next morning, Eunice runs away, killing a lorry driver. But Miriam finds her and becomes her travelling companion with the naive intention of guiding her back onto the straight a...
Wandering along the motorway in search of a woman named Judith, Eunice leaves a trail of corpses in her wake. One day she crosses paths with Miriam, who takes her home in the endeavour to help her. The next morning, Eunice runs away, killing a lorry driver. But Miriam finds her and becomes her travelling companion with the naive intention of guiding her back onto the straight and narrow.
Code 46
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
A love story set in Shanghai in the immediate future. William, able to read suspects' minds, is sent there for 24 hours to investigate a fraud at the Sphinx insurance company. Maria is an employee of Sphinx where she creates a form of insurance cover, passport and visa rolled into one. Without this document people are consigned to live in sub-cultures, unable to travel outside ...
A love story set in Shanghai in the immediate future. William, able to read suspects' minds, is sent there for 24 hours to investigate a fraud at the Sphinx insurance company. Maria is an employee of Sphinx where she creates a form of insurance cover, passport and visa rolled into one. Without this document people are consigned to live in sub-cultures, unable to travel outside their own zones. William's enquiries soon reveal that Maria has been selling fake documents. He knows it's his duty to hand Maria over to the authorities, but instead he falls deeply in love with her.
Cracker (TV) Pilot: The Mad Woman in the Attic
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
Pilot episode of a hit mystery series starring the least conventional forensic psychologist in the UK. Dr. Eddie Fitzgerald smokes, drinks, is an irredeemable womanizer and compulsive gambler, but the cops often turn to him for help with their investigations. This time, it's to solve the case of a serial killer with a penchant for single women travelling on trains.
Pilot episode of a hit mystery series starring the least conventional forensic psychologist in the UK. Dr. Eddie Fitzgerald smokes, drinks, is an irredeemable womanizer and compulsive gambler, but the cops often turn to him for help with their investigations. This time, it's to solve the case of a serial killer with a penchant for single women travelling on trains.
Family (TV)
Michael Winterbottom
Ireland-United Kingdom 
4-episode TV series about the Spencers: Charlo, chronic layabout and occasional conman; John Paul, the asthmatic son on a war footing; Nicola, the daughter, who's landed her first job in a bra factory, and Paula, the alcoholic mother who has to learn to live without her husband. Each episode is told from the point of view of a different member of the family
4-episode TV series about the Spencers: Charlo, chronic layabout and occasional conman; John Paul, the asthmatic son on a war footing; Nicola, the daughter, who's landed her first job in a bra factory, and Paula, the alcoholic mother who has to learn to live without her husband. Each episode is told from the point of view of a different member of the family
Forget About Me (TV)
Michael Winterbottom
 
A couple of Scots travel to Hungary from a military base in East Germany, experiencing adventures they'd never even imagined.
A couple of Scots travel to Hungary from a military base in East Germany, experiencing adventures they'd never even imagined.
Go Now
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
Nick Cameron is happy. He plays football with an amateur team, drinks beer at the pub with his friends and is in love with Karen, a waitress in a posh restaurant. Everything goes fine until he starts experiencing strange symptoms: seeing double, losing muscle control, wetting himself... Karen decides to find out more about the subject, discovering that these are the typical sym...
Nick Cameron is happy. He plays football with an amateur team, drinks beer at the pub with his friends and is in love with Karen, a waitress in a posh restaurant. Everything goes fine until he starts experiencing strange symptoms: seeing double, losing muscle control, wetting himself... Karen decides to find out more about the subject, discovering that these are the typical symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
I Want You
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
Fresh out of prison, Martin's aim on arriving back in town is to find his old girlfriend, Helen. The girl is however now going out with Bob, worker at a local radio station, and has a strange friendship with Honda, a mute child who spends his time recording every sound he hears. Honda lives with his sister Smokey, a nightclub singer and occasional mistress for several of the lo...
Fresh out of prison, Martin's aim on arriving back in town is to find his old girlfriend, Helen. The girl is however now going out with Bob, worker at a local radio station, and has a strange friendship with Honda, a mute child who spends his time recording every sound he hears. Honda lives with his sister Smokey, a nightclub singer and occasional mistress for several of the local men.
Ingmar Bergman: The Magic Lantern (TV)
Michael Winterbottom
 
Winterbottom dedicated two documentaries to Ingmar Bergman for his 70th birthday, The Director and The Magic Lantern. The latter, borrowing the title of the Swedish director's memoires, is deliberately evocative of the genre's expressive autobiographic resources, including a number of his amateur movies, photographs and unpublished material.
Winterbottom dedicated two documentaries to Ingmar Bergman for his 70th birthday, The Director and The Magic Lantern. The latter, borrowing the title of the Swedish director's memoires, is deliberately evocative of the genre's expressive autobiographic resources, including a number of his amateur movies, photographs and unpublished material.
Jude
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
Ever since he was a child, peasant Jude Fawley has dreamt of becoming famous. However his concentration on books is soon broken by the advances of Arabella with whom he enters unhappy wedlock. Following their separation, Jude meets his cousin Sue, a woman enormously advanced for the 19th century. Friendship blossoms between the two as they head into inconsummate love.
Ever since he was a child, peasant Jude Fawley has dreamt of becoming famous. However his concentration on books is soon broken by the advances of Arabella with whom he enters unhappy wedlock. Following their separation, Jude meets his cousin Sue, a woman enormously advanced for the 19th century. Friendship blossoms between the two as they head into inconsummate love.
Love Lies Bleeding (TV)
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
Doing time in an Irish jail for his IRA activities, Conn is given a 24-hour pass to visit his family. But he has other plans and spends his allotted time scouring the streets of Belfast, swearing vengeance on his girlfriend's killer.
Doing time in an Irish jail for his IRA activities, Conn is given a 24-hour pass to visit his family. But he has other plans and spends his allotted time scouring the streets of Belfast, swearing vengeance on his girlfriend's killer.
The Claim
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
California, 1867. Engineer Dalglish arrives to the town of which Dillon is the lord and master, Kingdom Come, with the intention of running the railroad right through his land. Other new arrivals are Dillon's ex-wife, Elena, and the daughter they had together, Hope, both of whom had been sold by Dillon in exchange for a gold mine. Now Elena is back to demand a share of the mone...
California, 1867. Engineer Dalglish arrives to the town of which Dillon is the lord and master, Kingdom Come, with the intention of running the railroad right through his land. Other new arrivals are Dillon's ex-wife, Elena, and the daughter they had together, Hope, both of whom had been sold by Dillon in exchange for a gold mine. Now Elena is back to demand a share of the money for the girl, who knows nothing about the whole thing.
Under the Sun (TV)
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
In another of his TV works, Winterbottom looks at the maiden voyage of a 19-year-old girl who decides to travel round the world but gets no further than the Spanish Costa del Sol, where she gets ?stuck?.
In another of his TV works, Winterbottom looks at the maiden voyage of a 19-year-old girl who decides to travel round the world but gets no further than the Spanish Costa del Sol, where she gets ?stuck?.
Welcome to Sarajevo
Michael Winterbottom
USA-United Kingdom 
A group of British and American journalists cover the Bosnia war from Sarajevo. One of them, Michael Henderson, comes across a city orphanage bombed day and night in which he meets and promises to help a Bosnian girl, Emira. He spends his time from then on attempting to convince Nina, an American social worker, to help him smuggle Emira illegally out of the country.
A group of British and American journalists cover the Bosnia war from Sarajevo. One of them, Michael Henderson, comes across a city orphanage bombed day and night in which he meets and promises to help a Bosnian girl, Emira. He spends his time from then on attempting to convince Nina, an American social worker, to help him smuggle Emira illegally out of the country.
With or Without You
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
Newly into their thirties after ten years together, Rosie and Vincent both want to have children. However, when the desired event doesn't materialize, both realize that continuing failure could well lead their marriage onto the rocks. Enter Benoît, a charming Frenchman who was Rosie's penpal as a teenager, but whom she had never actually met in the flesh. Rosie invites him to ...
Newly into their thirties after ten years together, Rosie and Vincent both want to have children. However, when the desired event doesn't materialize, both realize that continuing failure could well lead their marriage onto the rocks. Enter Benoît, a charming Frenchman who was Rosie's penpal as a teenager, but whom she had never actually met in the flesh. Rosie invites him to stay at their house despite Vincent's jealousy.
Wonderland
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom 
Three sisters, Nadia, Molly and Debbie, struggle to get by in a cold, dismal London. Nadia lands a job as a café waitress and places personal ads, looking for love. Molly is pregnant and married to Eddie, a bitter salesman. Debbie, a hairdresser, shares her son with her irresponsible ex-husband. They all intermingle, surviving their own everyday tragedies.
Three sisters, Nadia, Molly and Debbie, struggle to get by in a cold, dismal London. Nadia lands a job as a café waitress and places personal ads, looking for love. Molly is pregnant and married to Eddie, a bitter salesman. Debbie, a hairdresser, shares her son with her irresponsible ex-husband. They all intermingle, surviving their own everyday tragedies.
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