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Bevan, Tim (1958-)

Producer, Executive

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Tim Bevan (born in Queenstown, New Zealand, in 1958) has been a very influential figure in British cinema from the mid '80s, when he co-founded Working Title Productions with Sarah Radclyffe and produced such to-the-point contemporary dramas as My Beautiful Laundrette (d. Stephen Frears, 1986) and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (d. Frears, 1987).

His work has been genuinely international in scope: the Oscar-winning Fargo (d. Joel Coen, 1996), on which he was executive producer, is technically a British film but culturally American; Four Weddings and a Funeral (d. Mike Newell, 1994) and Notting Hill (UK/US, d. Roger Michell, 1999) involve American finance but are in matters of national identity clearly British; some, like Loch Ness (d. John Henderson, 1996), are wholly British, others, like Bob Roberts (US, d. Tim Robbins, 1992), wholly American.

As either producer or executive producer, his name has been on some of the key films of the 20th century's last decade, and he shared a BAFTA and London Critics' Circle Award for Elizabeth (d. Shekhar Kapur, 1998) with (1998) with co-chairman, Eric Fellner, and they were named producers of the year at the Cinema Expo International, 2001. He married Joely Richardson in 1992, they were separated in 1997.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Thumbnail image of For Queen and Country (1988)For Queen and Country (1988)

A young Falklands veteran faces a hostile world back home

Thumbnail image of My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Surprise box-office hit about a gay Pakistani/National Front romance

Thumbnail image of Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

Controversial drama about racial and generational division in London

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