Beeban first drew critical acclaim with her 1990 BAFTA award-winning television drama for the BBC, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit which was released as a feature film in the U.S. Also in 1990, she directed another critically admired comedy about two life-long rivals, Antonia And Jane, starring Saskia Reeves and Imelda Staunton.
Her first major Hollywood picture, Used People (Miramax1992), starred Shirley MacLaine and Marcello Mastroianni and garnered both Golden Globe nominations. This was followed by the controversial Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and Their Johns. In 1993 she directed Great Moments In Aviation, starring Vanessa Redgrave, John Hurt, and Jonathan Pryce, followed by To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar.
Other feature film credits include Swept From The Sea and Vroom, and many television credits including Murder, Cinderella, Itch, Carry Greenham Home, Love At First Sight and Eve Arnold, A Portrait. She most recently directed Bridget Jones’ Diary: The Edge Of Reason staring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Beeban was a waitress, dancing girl, courier, gallery and shop worker. She has been taking photographs since the age of 11 and was ‘discovered’ aged 13 by Magnum photographer Eve Arnold.
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