This spotlight follows the British director James Marsh, whose most recent film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, which portrays the life of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, went on to impress both audiences and film critics alike.
After graduating with an English degree from the University of Oxford, Marsh started his career by directing documentaries for BBC, his first being TROUBLEMAN-THE LAST YEARS OF MARVIN GAYE. He created two other documentaries for BBC and later worked as a producer for three episodes of the Arena series.
In 2005 Marsh took his first film THE KING, a film about a troubled man in search of the father he never met, to the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Un Certain Record section. It impressed many of the film critics, Empire called it “a compelling, intelligent and provocative sins-of-the-father story with a terrific ensemble cast”.
Marsh then went on to make his most famous documentary in 2008 called MAN ON WIRE, about Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers based off the book by Philippe Petit. The film was showed in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival where it won both the World Cinema Audience Award and the Jury Prize. It later went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 81st annual Oscars, the BAFTA Award for best British film, and many others.
Marsh continued to direct documentaries, such as PROJECT NIM (2010) and SHADOW DANCER (2012). His most recent film was THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. The film went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. We look forward to seeing more of James Marsh’s work in the future!