Danny Boyle

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Danny Boyle (born 20.10.1956)

Danny Boyle is an Oscar-winning British film director. He launched his career with the film Trainspotting, an adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel and in 2009, won the Best Director Academy Award for his work on Slumdog Millionaire.

Danny Boyle: Childhood

Danny Boyle was born in Radcliffe, Lancashire and his family was Irish Catholic. At the age of 14, Boyle asked to transfer from his regular school to a seminary but it has been reported that his priest warned him against joining the priesthood.

When he had completed his education at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton, Danny Boyle attended Bangor University, where he dated the actress Frances Barber.

Danny Boyle: Theatrical Career

Danny Boyle started working in the theatre with the Joint Stock Theatre Company. He later worked as Artistic Director for the Royal Court Theatre from 1982-5, progressing to the role of Deputy Director from 1985-7. Among his notable productions throughout his time at Royal Court were versions of Saved by Edward Bond and The Genius by Howard Brenton. Danny Boyle has also directed a number of productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Danny Boyle: Television Career

Danny Boyle started working in television in 1980 in Northern Ireland. He landed a job producing TV films such as Alan Clarke's Elephant. He later became a director on shows such as Not Even God Is Wise Enough, Inspector Morse and Mr. Wroe's Virgins.

In 2001, Danny Boyle took a break from film-making to direct two TV movies, Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise and Strumpet.

Danny Boyle: Film Career

Danny Boyle's feature film debut came in 1994 with Shallow Grave. The film starred Ewan McGregor, Keith Allen and Christopher Ecclestone and became a cult success. This was followed by the hugely successful Trainspotting, released in 1996. The film starred Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner and Kelly McDonald and, helped by a soundtrack featuring Iggy Pop, Blur and Primal Scream, became a global hit.

Spurred on by the success of the film, Boyle sought a studio deal in Hollywood. He turned down an offer to direct the fourth film in the Alien series and instead opted to make the film A Life Less Ordinary - starring Cameron Diaz - with British funding.

Returning to novel adaptations, Boyle filmed a version of The Beach by Alex Garland, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film was a moderate success, though the production team were heavily criticised for allegedly altering the natural landscape of the filming location, Ko Phi Phi Leh in Thailand.

Garland and Boyle went on to work together again, this time on the horror film 28 Days Later. The film starred Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris and spawned a sequel, 28 Weeks Later, though Boyle did not direct the follow-up.

In 2004, Danny Boyle directed Millions.

In 2007, Sunshine was released and marked another of Boyle's adaptations of an Alex Garland novel. The film was directed by Danny Boyle and starred Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne and Cliff Curtis.

2008 saw Boyle direct Slumdog Millionaire, which earned him his first Oscar. The film is set in Mumbai and focuses on a central character, played by Dev Patel who competes in the Indian version of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?

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26th April 2014 -

 News

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10th February 2014 -

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What Can We Find Out About Fergie's Fledglings In 'Class Of '92?'

2nd December 2013 -

 News

Six of Manchester United's most famous player of the modern era - David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Phil and Gary Neville - star in their very own biopic, detailing the rise...

Danny Boyle Planning Another Heist - This Time, It's Diamonds

7th October 2013 -

 News

Having enjoyed his experience with Trance, Danny Boyle is set to take on the heist genre once again as he agrees to helm a movie adaption of the documentary, Smash & Grab. Pathe and Fox...

Danny Boyle Signs On To Direct 'Pink Panthers' Movie

7th October 2013 -

 News

Danny Boyle has agreed to adapt the documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers into a feature-length film. The Trainspotting director chose the dramatisation of the in-depth documentary as his next project...

Danny Boyle's Teams Up With Channel 4 Again, For The Historical Series Babylon

23rd August 2013 -

 News

Danny Boyle is doing TV again! There’s a cause for celebration. The renowned director behind Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and, of course, the 2012 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, has just entered a contract with Channel...

Danny Boyle Lined-Up To Direct New Police Drama For Channel 4

23rd August 2013 -

 News

Danny Boyle is currently working on a new British crime drama set in colonial India that will look at the origins of modern policing in the country, which spread throughout the Empire and eventually back...

Channel 4 Has Ordered A Promising New Series Directed By Danny Boyle And Written By The Duo Behind 'Peep Show'

22nd August 2013 -

 News

Channel 4 has ordered a new series, directed by none other than Danny Boyle and detailing “the birth of modern India." Company execs have expressed their satisfaction with securing the highly sought after director behind...

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Trance

28th March 2013 -

 Movie Review

Danny Boyle is obviously having a ball with this thriller, deploying every cinematic trick he can think of to throw the audience off the track. But sometimes too much of a good thing is annoying....

The Queen Was Well Up For Olympics Appearance

25th March 2013 -

 News

One of the highlights of the Olympics opening ceremony – curated and created by creative director Danny Boyle – was the Queens cameo. She volunteered herself to be part of the ceremony, rather than them...

Danny Boyle: Olympic Spirit is OVER – Thanks Recession

23rd March 2013 -

 News

Danny Boyle – the creative mind behind the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics – has declared any residual spirit from the game to be null. And the reason for this loss of merriment?...

'The UK's Olympic Spirit Is Dead' Says London Opening Ceremony Director Danny Boyle

22nd March 2013 -

 News

Director and Olympic Games opening ceremony organizer Danny Boyle has admitted that the feel-good energy that came from the London games was never likely to sustain itself in the UK.Boyle put together one of the...

Bubble Burst For Bond Loving Boyle Fans As Director Turns Down 007

20th March 2013 -

 News

The search is on for the next James Bond director, with Sam Mendes ruling himself out of a second 007 movie. But another prominent British director – this time Danny Boyle – has also stopped...

Rick Smith Composes Film Score For 'Trance' Danny Boyle's New Film

12th March 2013 -

 Press

Rick Smith and Emeli Emeli Sande co-write 'Here It Comes' for Trance. "After finishing the Opening Ceremony, I hardly knew what day of the week it was. I took a month off work, off music,...

Trainspotting Sequel: Will Ewan McGregor Return? (And Other Questions)

11th March 2013 -

 News

Ewan McGregor's Renton famously announced that he hadn't "felt that good since Archie Gemmill scored against Holland in 1978!" in Danny Boyle's classic Trainspotting in 1996. Now, two decades later, we could find ourselves checking...

'Porno' News: Danny Boyle Back On Track For Trainspotting Sequel

11th March 2013 -

 News

Danny Boyle is back on track with a sequel to his hugely popular 1996 movie Trainspotting, which will be loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s novel Porno (itself a follow-up for the characters in Trainspotting).What’s more,...

A Week In Movies featuring The Oscars Favourites, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn Crashing Google and Danny Boyle's Gory Trailer For Trance

22nd February 2013 -

 News

It's Oscar weekend, so the stars are converging on Los Angeles for the big night on Sunday. Returning from the premiere of her new film Lovelace at the Berlin Film Festival, Amanda Seyfried was caught...

Trance

18th February 2013 -

 Video

Simon is a successful auctioneer of fine art who gets tracked down by a ruthless gang of organised criminals after an extremely valuable painting seen at one auction gets lost. He is subject to brutal...

Danny Boyle And Olympic Games Ceremony Team Win At Evening Standard Theatre Awards

26th November 2012 -

 News

British newspaper The Evening Standard hosted their theater awards over the weekend, with an as-expected big win for Danny Boyle and the team behind the Olympic Games opening ceremony which took place in London earlier...

Is Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' The New 'Slumdog Millionaire'?

22nd November 2012 -

 News

Ang Lee makes his latest assault on awards' season this week, when Life Of Pi hits theaters in the U.S. The magical 3-D tale is tipped for nominations at both the Golden Globes and the...

"It's a disgrace": Danny Boyle on Maria Miller's Attitude to Arts and Culture

15th November 2012 -

 News

At an event organized by 23 of the UK's arts and culture leaders, Danny Boyle has spoken about his outrage and disgust at the attitude that Arts, Culture and Sports Secretary Maria Miller has to...

Arise Sir Kenneth: Kenneth Branagh Knighted By The Queen At Buckingham Palace

9th November 2012 -

 News

Actor/writer/director and all round renaissance-man Kenneth Branagh received his knighthood today at Buckingham Palace by Queen Elizabeth II, having been told of his accolade following the announcement of Queen's birthday honours in June this year.Sir...

Criticism From All Corners: Tower Hamlets Council To Sell £20 Million Henry Moore Sculpture

8th November 2012 -

 News

Tower Hamlets Council (London) has been widely criticised for its decision to sell off a £20 million Henry Moore sculpture.The sculpture in question, named Draped Seated Woman, was originally sold by the artist, to the...

127 Hours

20th December 2010 -

 Video

127 Hours is the remarkable story of Aron Ralston, a guy that chases adventure! He lives life on the edge, sometimes quite literally. For Aron, Mountains and canyons are a home away from home for...

Slumdog Millionaire

2nd December 2008 -

 Video

Watch the trailer for Slumdog Millionaire.Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a huge show across the world and in India the jackpot is a huge 20 million rupees, when Jamal Malik finds he's won...

Sunshine, Trailer Stream

30th January 2007 -

 Video

Sunshine Trailer The Sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into...

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