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Interesting things about Anthony Minghella

Anthony Minghella

  • Made his world debut in 1954, on Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
  • Shares the same last name with Minghella ice cream (Which, btw, is served on only the finest cruise ships.)
  • Played hooky from school (not that we're promoting hooky, but we just found this rather amusing!)
  • Had a friend who was a projectionist at the local cinema (Surprise)!
  • Two of his favorite films are The Magnificent Seven and The Ipcress File (of course, there's more.)
  • Attempted acting in high school and at university ('nough said)


Anthony Minghella
  • Never attended the theatre until college
  • Attended University of Hull, where he met his wife choreographer Carolyn Choa (who, btw, choreographed the dance scenes in The English Patient). He also lectured in drama at Hull to until 1981
  • 1981 Minghella took up the pen/typewriter/wordprocessor and begain writing plays for the BBC-TV
  • Penned all nine of The Storyteller stories
  • Was once quoted as saying: "There are people who have great skills at navigating the waters of Hollywood, but I'm not one of them, and I learned quickly that it was very unlikely that I was going to flourish in a mainstream market" (This, he quoted to the Washington Post after Mr. Wonderful, proved not so wonderful at the box office. Ah-ha)
  • It took Minghella three years to finish the script for The English Patient
  • Was once mistaken for Billy Bob Thornton (this, according to People Magazine. And there's a picture to prove it!)
  • Lives in London with Carolyn (you remember her) and son


 Anthony Minghella has won the

  • 1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • Writer's Guild Award, Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • 1997 Academy Award Best Picture, Best Director, The English Patient (and so on, and...)
  • British Academy of Film & Television Arts Awards: Best Film, Director, The English Patient
  • 1997 Golden Globe Awards: Best Film The English Patient
  • Director's Guild of America Award: Best Director., The English Patient
  • Emmy Award, The Storyteller
  • BAFTA, The Storyteller
  • Gold Medal at the New York International Film and Television Festival, The Storyteller
  • International Emmy Award, Living With Dinosaurs
  • The London Critics: Best New Play Award
  • 1988 Prix Italia, Hang Up
  • Giles Cooper Award, Cigarettes and Chocolates

From the mouth of Anthony Minghella (...well almost)!