The Full Monty: About The Filmmakers

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Peter Cattaneo - Director

Director Peter Cattaneo recalls clocking "The Full Monty" and what a chuffin' script he thought it was. "I remember I read it very early in the morning -- about 6:30 a.m. -- and loved it. The main thing that appealed to me was the humor, which I think comes from the transition that these macho steel workers go through -- from never talking about themselves, never talking about their bodies -- to finding themselves in this situation where they are taking their clothes off!" Cattaneo was also drawn to the more serious undertones of the subject matter--being on the dole and not being able to pay maintenance. "It is a very contemporary story about the effects of long term unemployment. It was a topical subject a few years ago, and has been somewhat forgotten, but it is still there."

Peter Cattaneo graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1989. While there he cut his teeth on a music video, which won a Sony Promo Award, a commercial for Miller Lite and an award winning short made in association with Thames TV before moving on to directing whole series including "Diary Of A Teenage Health Freak," "The Full Wax" and "The Bill." He was also attached to Paul Weiland's Film Company for whom he made a number of commercials.

In 1959 he directed "Loved Up" a BBC Screen Two film starring Ian Hart and Lena Headey. "The Full Monty" is his feature film debut.

Uberto Pasolini, Producer

Producer Uberto Pasolini sees "The Full Monty" as a story that can be looked at from many levels, but, he explains, it was the concept of "men trying to cope with a feeling that society doesn't have a role for them anymore," that particularly interested him. "It is also a story that keeps the absurdities of life very much on the surface, and is about finding new energy, camaraderie and friendship. In a sense, it is a story about regeneration."

Pasolini began his film career in 1983 working as assistant director on "The Killing Fields."

After a stint in the international marketing and distribution departments of Twentieth Century Fox he joined David Puttnam's company Enigma, where he spent the next three years working on a number of feature films including "The Mission" and "The Frog Prince."

In 1986 he moved to Los Angles to join Columbia Pictures as Vice President of Production, where he worked with, among others, David Mamet on "Things Change" and Emir Kusturica on "Time Of The Gypsies."

In 1988 he returned to Enigma in London to oversee production. This included working as Associate Producer on Istvan Szabo's "Meeting Venus," and producing "Lawrence -- A Dangerous Man" which won the Emmy Award the Best Drama in 1992.

In 1991 he left Enigma to set up Redwave Films (UK) Limited and to start a two year period as a consultant for Columbia Pictures in London where he also had a first look development deal.

In 1994-95 he produced "Palookaville," financed by American Playhouse and The Samuel Goldwyn Company. The film marked the film debuts of the director, Alan Taylor, and the writer, David Epstein, and was extremely well-received by both critics and audiences at the 1995 Venice Film Festival, where it won the International Kodak Prize for first and second features. "Palookaville" was also screened at numerous American film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival in 1995.

Simon Beaufoy, Writer

"The Full Monty" is Simon Beaufoy's first feature film credit. Another feature, "The Tower Men" (a triangular love story about pylon painters in Yorkshire), is in development with Kudos Productions, with Marc Evans slated to direct. Meanwhile, Simon is writing a third, "The Darkest Light," for his company, Footprint Films, with backing from British Screen. He is currently co-directing "Yellow," a short film co-written with Bille Eltringham.

His first script "Cello" about the kidnapping of a musical instrument by a love-lorn football fan, won the Euston Films Best Script Award at the 1991 Fuji Film Competition. His short film "The Frontier" inspired by a summer's yogurt stacking in a Yorkshire supermarket, was commissioned by Channel 4 as part of the series "He Play, She Play."

Beaufoy is a graduate of Bournemouth Film School where he produced "Release Me," a half-hour drama featuring a cast of actors with learning difficulties. The film premiered on BBC2 and went on to win five awards at international film festivals. He subsequently completed a documentary "Shattered Dream" about poet, mountaineer and protest climber Edwin Drummond for Forty Minutes. Simon has also written a play "Saddam's Arms," about a young boy's attempts to climb the Victory Monument in Baghdad, while never managing to leave Keighley, Yorkshire. Beaufoy was one of the winners of the Woolwich Young Radio Playwrights' Competition with "Saddam's Arms" and the play will be produced by LBC.

John De Borman B.S.C Director of Photography

John de Borman has worked extensively in films, commercials and music videos. Feature film credits include "Passion Of Darkly Noon," the award-winning "Small Faces," "Trojan Eddie" starring Richard Harris and Stephen Rea and most recently, "Photographing Fairies," starring Emily Woof, Toby Stephens and Ben Kingley.

Having shot award winning commercials all over the world, de Borman has also shot music videos for major artists including Prince, Madonna, Little Richard, KD Lang, the Eurithmics and the Womacks.

Jill Taylor, Costume Designer

Jill Taylor's past feature film credits include "Priest," starring Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle and Cathy Tyson and "Safe," starring Kate Hardie and Aiden Gillen, both directed by Antonia Bird.

Her television drama credits include for BBC Screen One productions: "Mill on the Floss," "Meat" featuring "Trainspotting" star Johnny Lee Miller, and "Killing Me Softly." Taylor also designed the costumes for Peter Cattaneo's "Loved Up" starring Lena Headey and Ian Hart and "In The Cold Light Of Day," -- another Screen Two production for which she won the RTS award for Best Costume Design.

Taylor is currently designing the costumes for another feature film starring Robert Carlyle -- "The Face," directed by Antonia Bird.

Max Gottlieb, Production Designer

Max Gottlieb's feature film credits include "ID," "Shopping" and "The Turn of the Screw." He also has a considerable body of TV credits, including the BBC series "No Bananas," the Screen 2 production "Bad Boyz," "Entrepreneurs" and the TV film "Rules of Engagement." He previously worked with director Peter Cattaneo on the Channel Four drama "Say Hello To The Real Doctor Snide" and the Worlds End production "Dear Rosie."

Anne Dudley, Composer

Anne Dudley is a musician, composer, arranger and producer. While working as a session musician and arranger, Anne began to work with Trevor Horn arranging contemporary classics such as Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Two Tribes," ABC's "The Look of Love" and Malcolm McClaren's "Buffalo Girls." Their professional association led to the foundation of the high-tech Art of Noise, who will be remembered for collaborations with Duane Eddy, Max Headroom and Tom Jones's hit version of "Kiss." She renewed her association with Jones when he agreed to record a new version of the Randy Newman classic "You Can Leave Your Hat On" for the final sequence of "The Full Monty."

Dudley continues to arrange for artists such as Pulp, Tina Turner and Cathy Dennis. She also has an impressive list of film credits, having composed the original music for "The Crying Game," "Buster," "When Saturday Comes," "The Sadness of Sex," "The Grotesque" and "Hollow Reed."

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