TIM POPE DIRECTOR

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Never was there a doubt from Tim Pope that he would be a filmmaker. Acquiring his first 8mm cine camera aged nine he filmed his sister riding on a horse in a paddock in north London where he grew up. Eventually finding his way to Ravensbourne College, Bromley, he studied film, but was initially unable to follow his dream of going into the industry. His first job was at a company called HyVision, which was one of the first to train people how to go on TV - in this instance, politicians. Stealing the same cameras he would video with at Number 10 Downing Street, he would film bands like The Specials and The Psychedelic Furs at gigs. It was by now the early 1980s and bands had begun to make videos. Pope formed many long-term relationships with artists to create ground-breaking and innovative clips. His exhaustive client list included David Bowie, Queen, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The The, Talk Talk and most famously The Cure for whom he made over 37 clips. He also began to direct live concert films, including The Cure in Orange, which had a 35mm theatrical release, Iggy Pop's Kiss My Blood and commercials for many clients. His first short film, starring Bill Pullman, Linda Blair and Amanda Plummer, Phone, garnered many awards from around the world. Martin Scorsese said that he loved the film, in particular the performances, and asked to place it in his personal movie library. Phone led him directly to Hollywood, where he worked on the movie The Crow 2, but which was drastically re-cut by producers the Weinstein Brothers to resemble the original movie and which Pope later disowned. Coming back to the UK, Pope again directed videos for the likes of The Kaiser Chiefs, Amanda Palmer and Fatboy Slim, as well as more commercials and long-form projects. He directed, in 2018, the ITV documentary Sheridan Smith: Coming Home about the actress. In 2020, Pope has plans, as well as other documentaries, to direct his first feature in 20 years, a self-written story called Drone. He has also in summer of 2019, via Trafalgar Releasing and Eagle Rock Entertainment, released a live concert film of The Cure to celebrate 40 years called Anniversary and which opened to rave reviews in 50 countries and 1, 500 screens. He also lectures in film at Chichester University.