Peter Greenaway Biography (1942-)

Born April 5, 1942, in Newport, Wales; father, a builder's merchant, mother,a teacher; married Carol (a potter; divorced, 1999); children: Hannah, Jessica. Addresses: Office: The Vue, 387b King St., London W6 9NH England.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, screenwriter, film editor, painter
Birth Details
April 5, 1942
Newport, Wales, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • Death of Sentiment, 1962
  • Train, 1966
  • Tree, 1966
  • Revolution, 1967
  • 5 Postcards from Capital Cities, 1967
  • Intervals, British Film Institute, 1969
  • Erosion, 1971
  • H Is for House, British Film Institute, 1973
  • Windows, British Film Institute, 1975
  • Water, 1975
  • Water Wrackets, British Film Institute, 1975
  • Goole by Numbers, 1976
  • Dear Phone, British Film Institute, 1977
  • 1-100, 1978
  • A Walk through H (also known as The Re-Incarnation of an Ornithologist and A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist), British Film Institute, 1978
  • Vertical Features Remake, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978
  • Eddie Kid, 1978
  • Cut Above the Rest, 1978
  • Women Artists, 1979
  • Leeds Castle, 1979
  • Zandra Rhodes (documentary), Central Office of Information, 1979
  • Lacock Village, 1980
  • The Falls, British Film Institute, 1980, released in the United States, 1983
  • Country Diary, 1980
  • Terence Conran (also known as Insight: Terence Conran), 1981
  • The Draughtsman's Contract, British Film Institute, 1982, releasedin the United States by United Artists Classics, 1983
  • The Coastline (also known as The Sea in Their Blood), 1983
  • Making a Splash, National Film Archive, 1984
  • "Modern American Composers 1: Cage and Monk" and "Modern American Composers 2: Glass and Ashley," Four American Composers (documentary), TransAtlantic Films/Channel Four, 1984
  • Inside Rooms: 26 Bathrooms (also known as Inside Rooms: 26 Bathrooms, London and Oxfordshire, 1985 and 26 Bathrooms), Channel 4,1985
  • A TV Dante Canto 5, 1985
  • A Zed and Two Noughts (also known as Zoo: A Zed and Two Noughts), British Film Institute, 1985, released in the United States by Skouras, 1985
  • The Belly of an Architect (also known as Il Ventre dell'architetto), Hemdale, 1987
  • Drowning by Numbers, Prestige Films/Miramax, 1988
  • Fear of Drowning, Channel 4, 1988
  • (With Tom Phillips) A TV Dante Cantos 1-8, Rainer Moritz, 1989
  • Hubert Bals Handshake, Allarts Enterprises, 1989
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (also known as LeCuisinier, le voleur, sa femme, et son amant and Spica), Miramax,1989
  • Prospero's Books (also known as L'Ultima tempesta), Miramax, 1991
  • Rosa (opera), Argos, 1992
  • The Baby of Macon (also known as Das Wunder von Macon), Cine Electra, 1993
  • The Stairs, Geneva (documentary; also known as Stairs 1 Geneva), 1994
  • The Pillow Book, CFP Distribution, 1995
  • (With thirty-nine other contemporary directors) Lumiere et compagnie (documentary; also known as Lumiere and Company and Lumiere y compania), Fox Lorber, 1995
  • The Bridge (opera), Cine 360, 1997
  • Death of a Composer (also known as The Death of a Composer: Rosa, a Horse Drama), NVC Arts, 1999
  • Eight and a Half Woman (also known as 8 ½ Women), Lions Gate Films, 1999
  • The Death of a Composer: Rosa, a Horse Drama (also known as Death of a Composer), 1999
  • The Man in the Bath, 2001
  • Cinema16: British Short Films (films shorts), 2003
  • The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Part 1: The Moab Story (also known as Las Maletas de Tulse Luper: La historia de Moab and Le Valigie di Tulse Luper--La Storia di Moab), A-Film Distribution, 2003
  • The Tulse Luuper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish, 2003
  • The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea, A-Film Distribution, 2004
  • "European Showerbath," Visions of Europe (also known as Europaisch Visionen), 2004
  • A Life in Suitcases, 2005
  • Nightwatch, 2006
  • Film Cinematographer
  • H Is for House, British Film Institute, 1973
  • Water Wrackets, British Film Institute, 1975
  • Windows, British Film Institute, 1975
  • Dear Phone, British Film Institute, 1977
  • (Uncredited) Vertical Features Remake, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978
  • Film Editor
  • Love Love Love, 1968
  • H Is for House, British Film Institute, 1973
  • Windows, British Film Institute, 1975
  • Water Wrackets, British Film Institute, 1975
  • Dear Phone, British Film Institute, 1977
  • A Walk through H (also known as The Re-Incarnation of an Ornithologist and A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist), British Film Institute, 1978
  • (Uncredited) Vertical Features Remake, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978
  • The Falls, British Film Institute, 1980, released in the United States, 1983
  • The Pillow Book, CFP Distribution, 1995
  • Film Producer
  • Vertical Features Remake, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978
  • A Zed and Two Noughts (also known as Zoo: A Zed and Two Noughts), British Film Institute, 1985, released in the United States by Skouras, 1985
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Production designer and maps, A Walk through H (also known as The Re-Incarnation of an Ornithologist and A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist), British Film Institute, 1978
  • (Uncredited) Drawings: Mr. Neville and hand double: Anthony Higgins, The Draughtsman's Contract, British Film Institute, 1982, released in theUnited States by United Artists Classics, 1983
  • (Uncredited) Sculptor: Prospero's books, Prospero's Books (also known as L'Ultima tempesta), Miramax, 1991
  • Stage director, The Death of a Composer: Rosa, a Horse Drama (alsoknown as Death of a Composer), 1999
  • Film Appearances
  • Voice, H Is for House, British Film Institute, 1973
  • Narrator, Windows, British Film Institute, 1975
  • Narrator, Dear Phone, British Film Institute, 1977
  • The Falls, British Film Institute, 1980, released in the United States, 1983
  • Narrator, Fear of Drowning, Channel 4, 1988
  • Narrator, Hubert Bals Handshake, Allarts Enterprises, 1989
  • Narrator, The Stairs, Geneva (also known as Stairs 1 Geneva), 1994
  • Narrator, La Cosmologia di Piazza del Popolo, 1996
  • Himself, Peter Greenaway in Indianapolis (documentary; also knownas An Evening with Peter Greenaway), 1997
  • Narrator, Death of a Composer (also known as The Death of a Composer: Rosa, a Horse Drama), NVC Arts, 1999
  • Eight and a Half Woman (also known as 8 ½ Woman), Lions Gate Films, 1999
  • Voice of commentary, "Dear Phone," Cinema16: British Short Films,2003
  • Television Director
  • Movies
  • Death in the Seine (also known as Les Morts de la Seine), 1988
  • Darwin, Film Office, 1992
  • Specials
  • Act of God (documentary), Thames, 1981
  • A TV Dante: The Inferno Cantos I-VIII (also known as A TV Dante), 1989
  • M Is for Man, Music, Mozart (also known as Not Mozart), Rainer Moritz, 1991
  • A Walk through Prospero's Library, 1991
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Himself, "Segment 1: The Films That Shocked Britain," X-rated, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Himself, Cinema mil, 2005
  • Stage Director
  • Rosa: A Horse Drama, De Nederlandse Opera, 1995
  • Christopher Columbus, Staatoper, Berlin, Germany, 1998
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Death of Sentiment, 1962
  • Train, 1966
  • Tree, 1966
  • Revolution, 1967
  • 5 Postcards from Capital Cities, 1967
  • Love Love Love, 1968
  • Intervals, British Film Institute, 1969
  • Erosion, 1971
  • H Is for House, British Film Institute, 1973
  • Windows, British Film Institute, 1975
  • Water, 1975
  • Water Wrackets, British Film Institute, 1975
  • Goole by Numbers, 1976
  • Dear Phone, British Film Institute, 1977
  • 1-100, 1978
  • A Walk through H (also known as The Re-Incarnation of an Ornithologist and A Walk through H: The Re-Incarnation of an Ornithologist), British Film Institute, 1978
  • Vertical Features Remake, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978
  • The Falls, British Film Institute, 1980, released in the United States, 1983
  • The Draughtsman's Contract, British Film Institute, 1982, releasedin the United States by United Artists Classics, 1983
  • "Modern American Composers 1: Cage and Monk" and "Modern American Composers 2: Glass and Ashley," Four American Composers (documentary), TransAtlantic Films/Channel Four, 1984
  • A Zed and Two Noughts (also known as Zoo: A Zed and Two Noughts), British Film Institute, 1985, released in the United States by Skouras, 1985, published by Faber and Faber (London), 1986
  • The Belly of an Architect (also known as Il Ventre dell'architetto), Hemdale, 1987
  • Drowning by Numbers, Prestige Films/Miramax, 1988, published by Faber, 1988
  • Fear of Drowning, Channel 4, 1988
  • Hubert Bals Handshake, Allarts Enterprises, 1989
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (also known as LeCuisinier, le voleur, sa femme, et son amant and Spica), Miramax,1989
  • Prospero's Books (also known as L'Ultima tempesta; based onThe Tempest by William Shakespeare), Miramax, 1991, published by FourWalls Eight Windows (New York City), 1991
  • The Baby of Macon (also known as Das Wunder von Macon), Cine Electra, 1993
  • The Pillow Book, CFP Distribution, 1995
  • Peter Greenaway in Indianapolis (also known as An Evening withPeter Greenaway), 1997
  • Eight and a Half Woman (also known as 8 ½ Women), Lions Gate Films, 1999
  • (And libretto) Death of a Composer (also known as The Death ofa Composer: Rosa, a Horse Drama), NVC Arts, 1999
  • The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Part 1: The Moab Story (also known as Las Maletas de Tulse Luper: La historia de Moab and Le Valigie di Tulse Luper--La Storia di Moab), A-Film Distribution, 2003
  • The Tulse Luuper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish, 2003
  • The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea, A-Film Distribution, 2004
  • "European Showerbath," Visions of Europe (also known as Europaisch Visionen), 2004
  • A Life in Suitcases, 2005
  • Nightwatch, 2006
  • Television Movies
  • Death in the Seine (also known as Les Morts de la Seine), 1988
  • Darwin, Film Office, 1992
  • Television Specials
  • Zandra Rhodes, Central Office of Information, 1979
  • M Is for Man, Music, Mozart (also known as Not Mozart), Rainer Moritz, 1991
  • Opera Librettos
  • Rosa: A Horse Drama, De Nederlandse Opera, 1995
  • Writing to Vermeer, De Nederlandse Opera, 1999
  • Books
  • Papers/Papiers, Editions Dis Voir (Paris), 1990
  • The Physical Self: A Selection by Peter Greenaway from the Selectionsof the Boymans-Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, The Museum (Rotterdam, Netherlands), 1991
  • Rosa, Editions Dis Voir, 1993
  • Flying out of This World (art selections), University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1994
  • (With Leon Steinmetz) The World of Peter Greenaway, Journey Editions, 1995
  • Also wrote Gold (a novel).

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Barchfeld, Christiane, Filming by Numbers, Peter Greenaway, Narr (Tuebingen, Germany), 1993
    • Caux, Daniel and others, Peter Greenaway, 1987
    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 127, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1989
    • Gras, Vernon W., Peter Greenaway Interviews, University Press of Mississippi, 2000
    • International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, 4th ed., St. James Press, 2000
    • Lawrence, Amy, The Films of Peter Greenaway, Cambridge UniversityPress, 1997
    • Melia, Paul, and Alan Woods, Peter Greenaway, Manchester University Press, 1999
    • Pascoe, Peter Greenaway: Museums and Moving Images, Reaktion Books, 1997
    • Steinmetz, Leon, The World of Peter Greenaway, Journey Editions (Boston, MA), 1995
    • Willoquet-Maricondi, Paula, and Mary Alemany-Galway, Peter Greenaway'sPostmodern/Post-structuralist Cinema, Rowman & Littlefield, 2001
    • Woods, Alan, Being Naked--Playing Dead: The Art of Peter Greenaway, St. Martin's (New York City), 1996
    Periodicals
    • American Cinematographer, September, 1983
    • American Film, November-December, 1991
    • Chicago Tribune, July 13, 1997, p. 6
    • Film Comment, January-February, 1982; May-June, 1990, p. 54
    • Harper's Bazaar, November, 1991
    • Interview, March, 1990, p. 120
    • New York Times, April 1, 1990, p. H27; April 26, 1991, p. C7
    • Sight and Sound, summer, 1987

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