Michael Winterbottom (born 29 March 1961) is a prolific British filmmaker who has directed sixteen films in the past thirteen years. He began his career working in British television before moving into features. Three of his films — Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People — have been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Winterbottom was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. He went to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn, taking his O Levels in an accelerated four years, and then studied English at Balliol College, Oxford before going to film school at Bristol University, where his contemporaries included Marc Evans.
Winterbottom's television career included such diverse projects as the pilot of Jimmy McGovern's mystery series Cracker, an episode of the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, two documentaries about Ingmar Bergman, numerous television movies and an episode of the documentary series Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, focusing on Scandinavian silent cinema. He also directed the mini-series Family, written by Roddy Doyle, with each of four episodes focusing on one member of a working-class Dublin family. It was this series that first brought...
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