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Sally Potter
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Sally Potter
 
English film director and screenwriter Sally Potter made her first 8mm film at age fourteen and left school at sixteen to become a filmmaker. She joined the London Film-Makers' Co-op and started making experimental short films, including Jerk (1969) and Play (1970). She later trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance, making both film and dance pieces, including Combines (1972), before founding Limited Dance Company with Jacky Lansley. Potter went on to become an award-winning performance artist and theatre director.

In addition, she was a member of several music bands (including FIG and The Film Music Orchestra) as a lyricist and singer. She collaborated (as a singer-songwriter) with composer Lindsay Cooper on the song cycle Oh Moscow, which performed throughout Europe, Russia and North America in the late 1980's. Potter co-composed with David Motion the soundtrack to Orlando, and produced the score for The Tango Lesson. Her most recent music work is as producer and co-composer with Fred Frith of the original tracks for Yes and Rage.

Potter returned to filmmaking with her short film Thriller (1979), which was an international festival circuit hit. This was followed by her first feature film, The Gold Diggers (1983), starring Julie Christie; a short film, The London Story (1986); a documentary series for Channel 4, Tears, Laughter, Fears And Rage (1986); and I Am An Ox, I Am A Horse, I Am A Man, I Am A Woman (1988), a film about women in Soviet cinema.

The internationally acclaimed Orlando (1992) brought Potter's work to a wide audience. Starring Tilda Swinton, the film was based on Virginia Woolf's classic novel and boldly adapted for the screen by Potter. In addition to two Academy Award nominations, Orlando won more than 25 international awards, including the Felix awarded by the European Film Academy for the best Young European Film of 1993, and first prizes at St Petersburg, Thessaloniki and other festivals.

Sally's next film was The Tango Lesson (1996), in which she performed with renowned tango dancer Pablo Veron. First presented at the Venice Film Festival, the film was awarded the Ombú de Oro for Best Film at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, Argentina, the SADAIC Great Award from the Sociedad Argentina de Autores y Compositores de Música, as well as receiving Best Film nominations from BAFTA and the US National Board of Review.

Potter's film The Man Who Cried, starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2000 and was followed by Yes (2004), with Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian and Sam Neill. In 2007 Potter directed Bizet's Carmen for English National Opera at the London Coliseum, starring Alice Coote and designed by Es Devlin.

Potter's film Rage (2009) with Judi Dench, Steve Buscemi, Lily Cole and Jude Law was the first feature to premiere on cell-phones. Rage was in competition at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and nominated for a Best Drama Webby in 2010. Ginger & Rosa (2012), about two teenage girls living in 1960s London, is the seventh feature film she has written and directed.

Sally Potter's films have won over forty international awards and received two Academy award nominations. She has had full career retrospectives of her film and video work at the BFI Southbank, London and Filmoteca, Madrid (2009), and MOMA, New York (2010). She was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2012.

For her innovative form and risk-taking subject matter in choreography, music, performance art and experimental film, Sally Potter is receiving TheWIFTS Foundation 2012 Best Screenwriter Award.



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