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Tim Pope always wanted to make films. In his teens, he attended film studies at Ravensbourne College, Bromley, then he got a job working the cameras at a company training politicians of the late '70s for TV appearances and going to No. 10 Downing Street many times. With the same equipment - which he 'borrowed' without telling his bosses - he began to film bands on stage, including The Psychedelic Furs and The Specials. Pope started making pop videos, and by the mid 1980s and onwards was working on both sides of the Atlantic. Bands from past to present include Neil Young, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Talk Talk, The Bangles, Queen, Paul McCartney, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Strawberry Switchblade, Paul Weller, Amanda Palmer, Wham!, The The, Soft Cell, Fatboy Slim, The Darkness, The Kaiser Chiefs, Tim Burgess and most famously The Cure for whom alone he made 37 clips. He worked in TV, made documentaries, live concert films, short films and worked in Hollywood to direct "The Crow: City of Angels," which went to the US No. 1 box-office slot. He made many commercials for brands like Kodak, Coca Cola, Agent Provocateur and the BBC. Tim's recent work includes "Anniversary," a film of The Cure's spectacular 40-year career-spanning performance at Hyde Park in 2018, which went worldwide on release to over 1, 500 cinemas, and similarly a live film of The The's "Comeback Special" at The Royal Albert Hall to be released in autumn 2021. In 2019, he directed a well received ITV documentary about the actress Sheridan Smith called "Coming Home." Future projects include  documentaries about bands The Cure, The The and Tim Burgess. Also, he is in the early stages of casting his own self-written movie, "Drone," which he hopes to shoot in 2022. He continues to make pop promos and commercials and also lectures in film at film schools and universities. He recently completed his memoir, "I Wanted to Be a Tree - the Mainly true Memoir of a Maverick '80s Pop Video Director."

TP with the camera he 'stole' to film bands like The Specials and The Psychedelic Furs.
"We did our own film here which I directed. It cost about £20."
From the London Evening Standard, 1974.
Tim Pope (pink jumper) filming The Psychedelic Furs, Friars, High Wycombe, 1980.
Directing Freddy Mercury in Frankfurt, 1984.
On the set of "Hot Hot Hot" for The Cure, 1987.
With Rod Hull & Emu, 1999.
With Paul Weller, Abbey Road Studios, 2015.
Filming with Tim Burgess in Firle, UK, September 2020.