Joe Wright is a British film director born on 25 August 1972. Having worked in various entertainment roles through the 1990s (including music video director and casting director), and producing short films, he transitioned to directing features in 2005 with his acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. After this came Atonement, similarly acclaimed, The Soloist, which very few people saw, and Hanna (an action film, for a serious change of pace).His latest film, Darkest Hour, is a biopic of Winston Churchill starring Gary Oldman as Churchill and Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI.Was engaged to actress Rosamund Pike for a while, but broke it off.
The films of Joe Wright:
- Pride and Prejudice (2005)
- Atonement (2007)
- The Soloist (2009)
- Hanna (2011)
- Anna Karenina (2012)
- Pan (2015)
- Darkest Hour (2017)
Work contains examples of:
- Adaptation Distillation: His films have tended to be adaptations of books, and very well-received.
- The Oner: His films tend to contain at least one notable one, the most famous being the Dunkirk beach scene in Atonement.
- Oscar Bait: Wright seems to be in love with this trope. All of his films (except maybe Hanna) get scheduled near the end of the year or were scheduled then with the intention of getting nominations. Seems to have backed off lately.
- However, his latest feature, Darkest Hour (slated for November-December release), might be playing this trope straight once again.
- Production Posse: Wright's posse includes:
- Keira Knightley, the star of Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina - as well as a perfume commercial and a domestic violence PSA (in which Wright beats her up).
- Saoirse Ronan, discovered in Atonement, later starred in Hanna.
- Other recurring actors include Brenda Blethyn, Olivia Williams, and Tom Hollander.
- Associated Composer Dario Marianelli, who has made three films with Wright, and won the Oscar for Atonement.
- Jacqueline Durran was the costume designer for all of Wright's movies except Hanna.
- Seamus McGarvey was the cinematographer for Atonement, The Soloist, Anna Karenina, Pan and "Nosedive", a Black Mirror episode Wright directed.
- Scenery Porn: Wiiiiiiide wide shots of gorgeous scenery and beautiful period piece set pieces full of Costume Porn are hallmarks were all praised in Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, and even the less well-received Anna Karenina.