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URBAN HYMN Director Michael Caton-Jones

DIRECTOR'S PROFILE

MICHAEL CATON-JONES (Director)

Scottish-born film director Michael Caton-Jones trained at the prestigious National Film and Television School. During the course of his film career, he has directed some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and respected talents, including Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Sidney Poitier, Liam Neeson, John Hurt, Jessica Lange, Ellen Barkin, Tim Roth and Michael J.Fox. He is also credited with discovering the young Leonardo DiCaprio when he cast him in This Boy’s Life in 1993.

Caton-Jones first made his mark as a director with the controversial and critically acclaimed, Scandal about the infamous political scandal dubbed The Profumo Affair, which brought down the British government in the 1960s. The film starred Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda and John Hurt and Fonda was Golden Globe-nominated for her performance.Caton-Jones was subsequently nominated for a European Film Award.

Memphis Belle, the WWII drama about a US bomber crew, followed for Warner Bros. Produced by David Puttnam, the film starred Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick Jr in his film debut.

Caton-Jones then took the helm on Doc Hollywood, a romantic comedy starring Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner and Woody Harrelson which became a box office smash for Warner Bros.

This Boy’s Life marked a further collaboration with Warner Bros. and Caton-Jones first with Robert De Niro. Based on the memoirs of writer and literature professor, Tobias Wolf, Caton-Jones cast the young Leonardo DiCaprio as a rebellious 1950s teenager in a drama about the relationship between a boy and his abusive father, played by De Niro. The film also starred Ellen Barkin, Chris Cooper and Tobey Maguire in his film debut.

Caton-Jones returned to his Scottish roots for the epic historical action adventure, Rob Roy starring Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange and Tim Roth. Roth received a BAFTA award and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his performance. The Jackal followed for Universal Pictures, seeing Caton-Jones direct Bruce Willis and Richard Gere in this crime action adventure about an IRA sniper who is freed from prison to pursue a brutal assassin.

City By the Sea marked a further collaboration with Robert De Niro as a New York homicide cop who finds himself investigating his own son (James Franco). This compelling crime thriller also starred Frances McDormand.

Caton-Jones was nominated for a British Independent Film Award in the Best Director category for his next film, the harrowing historical drama Shooting Dogs which was set during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. John Hurt and Hugh Dancy headed the cast.