TIM POPE DIRECTOR

TP BIOGRAPHY:

Tim Pope always wanted to make films and dreamed of cameras from the womb if not before. After attending Ravensbourne College in TV studies in his teens, he eventually got a job at a company training politicians for TV appearances where he worked as a camera operator, which entailed him going to No 10 Downing Street many times. With the same cameras and unbeknown to his bosses, he would secretly film bands on stage. These included The Specials and The Psychedelic Furs. When pop videos became the rage - and as MTV spread across America and the rest of the world in the mid 1980s - Pope ended up making clips for artists on both sides of the pond. These ranged from Neil Young, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The The, Soft Cell and most famously The Cure. He claims with The Cure alone to have made over 37 clips and still works with them to this day. In 2019, he filmed The Cure’s 40th anniversary concert at Hyde Park, London, strangely enough entitled “Anniversary.” This film was shown on over 1, 500 cinemas in 50 countries and was subsequently released on DVD/Blu-ray. Apart from his music work, Pope has made advertisements, documentaries and short films. Of his short film “Phone,” made in 1991, Martin Scorcese contacted Pope to say how much he had enjoyed the film and in particular the acting. In 1996, Pope directed a Hollywood movie, “The Crow: City of Angels.” The experience ended up not being the greatest in his career, where the Weinstein brothers recut the film entirely from what Pope shot. One of the brothers even asked him when the DVD was to be released if he would like to see the director’s cut. Nowadays, Pope lectures frequently in film. He lives with his family near to Brighton on the south coast of the UK, where his interests include horticulture and crocheting. He would like to have included in this biography a picture of himself smoking a pipe, but sadly at the time of printing such an image was not available.