Antonia Bird started her career as a theatre director before moving into directing for television. Her breakthrough film Safe brought a British Academy Award and a clutch of festival prizes. Priest won her international recognition, receiving international theatrical distribution. This was followed by Mad Love for Touchstone Pictures; London gangster film Face for BBC Films; and Ravenous for 20th Century Fox. In 2001 her powerful drama Care won 16 international awards including a BAFTA and the Prix Italia.
Following Ravenous she set up 4Way Pictures with actor Robert Carlyle, critic Mark Cousins and novelist Irvine Welsh. In 2002/3 Antonia directed and produced with Ruth Caleb, 4Way’s first production Rehab, for the BBC. She has just completed The Hamburg Cell, written by Ronan Bennett, for Channel4/Mentorn and is currently producing her long term project Faith set during the miners’ strike. Her next directorial outings will be Abraham’s Daughter for US indie Greenstreet Films/Raw Nerve and The Meat Trade, a 4Way Pictures production written by Irvine Welsh.
|2004 Jury Member|