Joe Wright is a British director born on 25th of August, 1972. The director is known for his literature adaptations into marvelous cinematic pieces. He is most popular for his ventures like the classic “Pride and Prejudice”, by Jane Austen, “
Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy, or “Atonement” by Ian McEwan. The director was nominated for an array of prestigious awards including the BAFTA and the Academy Awards, and has even managed to bag some of them.
He is currently married to
Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the famous musician, Ravi Shankar. Earlier, he was engaged to
Rosamund Pike, an actress in 2007. However, he called off the wedding at the last minute in 2008, despite having sent out the invitations. The wedding got canceled due to some mutual disagreements. Later, he married Anoushka, who is also the half-sister of American singer and actress, Norah Jones. He has two children from the marriage, Zubin Shankar Wright and Mohan Shankar Wright, born in February 2011 and February 2015, respectively.
Joe was born in London to parents John and Lyndie Wright. Since his early childhood, Joe had an uncanny interest in the performing arts, as well as the fine arts. Being a dyslexic, Wright had to leave school without scoring any GCSEs. His parents founded a little puppet theatre in Islington, London, in 1961, named the “Little Angel Theatre”. This theatre is where Joe started his directorial journey. As a child, he used to record movies on his little Super 8 Camera, along with practicing acting at a drama club in the evenings. However, in 1991, when the director was at a young age of 19, his father passed away.
Wright completed his degree in Fine Arts and Film from the London based college of Central St. Martins. Before his graduation, as a child, he used to perform magic shows in Covent Garden as the Great Kazam, and also took classes at the Anna Scher Theatre School, which helped him earn money as a child actor. In the final year of his graduation, Joe received a scholarship from BBC, to direct a short film. The film was a huge triumph and went on to win many awards. Owing to a friend from his theatre school who recommended his short films to a BBC producer, Wright was soon offered the role to direct “Nature Boy”, which released in 2000. Following the four-part drama series, he went on to direct various other serials including Timothy Spall’s “Bodily Harm” and Rufus Sewell's “Charles II: The Power and the Passion”. The latter was widely acclaimed and received a host of nominations, along with winning the BAFTA for The Best Drama Serial category.
During the 90’s decade, Joe Wright did an array of versatile jobs. He worked at a music video production company, “Oil Factory”. He also tried his hand at casting direction. Furthermore, he also directed a few music videos. For the duration of this time, he functioned as a roadie for a visual creations company, “Vegetable Vision”. However, alongside all this, he was also working on his second short film, “
In 2005, Joe finally stepped into the directorial chair for feature films and released his first motion picture, the adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Pride and Prejudice”. The movie was a huge success and made Wright an overnight star. It received abundant honors, nominations, and awards, including six BAFTA nominations and four Oscar nominations. Joe Wright won the BAFTA award in the category of the Most Promising Newcomer. This movie put Wright on the map and led to numerous other successes. Following this film, Wright directed “
The Soloist”, “Atonement”, and “Anna Karenina”, among others. All of these movies received numerous awards and nominations, along with wide appreciation.
However, his recent film, “
Pan”, was a critical failure at the box office. The picture was based on the origin stories of Peter Pan, but failed to impress the audience as well as the critics.
Joe is known to have his personal brand of directorial style, which is inspired by classical art. He admits that he gains inspiration from traditional paintings and composes his shots to mimic them. He is known for his movies that portray a strong and forceful woman character, such as that of Elizabeth Bennet or Anna Karenina. He draws his inspiration of feminine strength from his sister who has been a constant support and idol to him. Joe is a celebrated and world-recognized English director, and is most famous for his directorial stints of literature adaptations.