The Academy Award-winning director of The English patient, Truly Madly Deeply and Cold Mountain offers an unprecedented insight into his creative methods. Anthony Minghella has travelled a remarkable road to his position as one of the world's foremost film-makers. Raised in a large Italian family of the Isle of Wight, he studied drama and found his voice as a playwright for stage, radio and television. His first feature film, Truly Madly Deeply, was adored by audiences and critics alike, and each subsequent Minghella production - Mr Wonderful, The English patient, The Talented Mr Ripley, Cold Mountain - has been eagerly awaited and seen him grow in ambition and stature.
Anthony Minghella grew up above his Italian parents' cafe on the Isle of Wight. He studied and then taught at The University of Hull where he began to write. His prize-winning plays appeared in the theatre, on radio and television. His debut feature film, which he wrote and directed, Truly Madly Deeply, was a huge hit with audiences everywhere, and each of his subsequent pictures has seen him grow in ambition, stature and acclaim. The English Patientwon the Academy Award for Best Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Film and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Drama). With his later films - including The Talented Mr Ripleyand his monumental adaptation of Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain - he became one of the country's best loved directors.