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Joseph "Joe" Wright (born 25 August 1972 in London, England) is a British film director.

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. He gained further acclaim with Atonement.

He was engaged to actress Rosamund Pike for a while, but broke it off. He's currently dating Haley Bennett, with whom he has a daughter.


Work contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: His films have tended to be adaptations of books, and very well-received.
  • Creator's Oddball:
    • Pan is this compared to the rest of his films, being a big-budget PG fantasy film as opposed to a smaller-scale Period Piece.
    • Hanna is this as well, being his only present-day action thriller so far.
  • 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. Some of his films got scheduled near the end of the year or were scheduled then with the intention of getting nominations.
    • Subverted with Hanna, which is the exact opposite of the majority of his filmography.
  • 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.
    • Gary Oldman, who won the Oscar for Best Actor for Darkest Hour, later appeared in The Woman in the Window.
    • Other recurring actors include Brenda Blethyn, Olivia Williams, Tom Hollander, Jena Malone, Matthew Macfadyen, and Michelle Dockery.
    • He has an Associated Composer, Dario Marianelli, who has made five films with Wright, and won the Oscar for Atonement.
    • Jacqueline Durran designed costumes for all but two of Wright's movies (Hanna and The Woman in the Window).
    • Seamus McGarvey was the cinematographer for Atonement, The Soloist, Anna Karenina, Pan, "Nosedive", a Black Mirror episode Wright directed. Bruno Delbonnel took over for Darkest Hour and The Woman in the Window but McGarvey seems to have rejoined the posse with Cyrano.
    • Paul Tothill has edited five of Wright's films, while his two most recent films were edited by Valerio Bonelli.
  • 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.