The Man in the Iron Mask: About The Filmmakers

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Director and Screenwriter RANDALL WALLACE is the writer of the screenplay for Braveheart, which won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay of 1995, and was nominated for the Golden Globe and the Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. He published his first novel in 1980, entitled The Russian Rose. Since then, Wallace has published four other novels: So Late Into the Night, Blood of the Lamb and Where Angels Watch, the most recent being the source material for Braveheart. Braveheart, the first screenplay of his to be made into a feature film, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards® and won five, including Best Picture of the Year, Best Director and Achievement in Cinematography. Wallace was also a television writer/producer and co-creator of two series: Broken Badges and Sonny Spoon. Wallace graduated from Duke University with a major in Religion. He is a black belt in karate. Currently, Wallace is working on With Wings as Eagles and on the screenplay We Were Soldiers Once, and Young, an adaptation of the award-winning book written by General Hal Moore and Joseph Galloway.

Producer RUSSELL SMITH served as Executive Director of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from 1978 to 1983. Among the notable plays produced during that time were "True West," "Balm in Gilead," "The Glass Menagerie," "Death of a Salesman," "A Prayer for my Daughter" and "Savages." He has produced theatre and musical events as an arts consultant for the 1st National Bank of Chicago, as well as the hit off-Broadway production of "Orphans." In 1987, Gary Sinise and Smith collaborated on their first film, Miles From Home. The following year he produced Queens Logic. In 1989 Smith became the head of production for New Visions Pictures and oversaw the production of five films, notable among them were The Long Walk Home and Mortal Thoughts. His recent film productions include the award-winning short film The Witness and the acclaimed Of Mice and Men. In 1994, Smith formed a film company with longtime friend John Malkovich. They are currently developing a number of projects both studio-backed and independent.

Executive Producer ALAN LADD, JR. has produced four recent motion pictures under The Ladd Company banner in his agreement with Paramount Pictures. The first was the highly acclaimed and Academy Award® winning Braveheart, written by The Man in the Iron Mask writer/director Randall Wallace, as well as The Phantom, and the boxoffice smash hit The Brady Bunch Movie and the follow-up film, A Very Brady Sequel.

Ladd entered the industry in 1963 as a motion picture talent agent with Creative Management Associates. Turning to independent production in 1969, he moved his headquarters to London and produced nine films over a four year period. He returned to Los Angeles in 1973 to become head of creative affairs for Twentieth Century Fox.

After advancing to Vice President of Production in 1974 and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Production in 1975, Mr. Ladd became President of Twentieth Century Fox in 1976. Some of the most successful films in that company's history, including Star Wars, Silver Streak, The Omen, Julia, Alien, Nine to Five, Young Frankenstein, Turning Point, Breaking Away, Norma Rae and All That Jazz, were brought into existence by the creative team assembled by Mr. Ladd during his tenure there.

In 1979, he and associates Jay Kanter and Gareth Wigan departed Fox to form The Ladd Company, a partnership which resulted in such screen accomplishments as The Right Stuff, Chariots of Fire, Star 80, Night Shift, Blade Runner, Once Upon A Time In America, Outland and the series of Police Academy comedies.

He joined MGM/UA in 1985 and remained with the company through September 1988. During his tenure as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc., Ladd was responsible for such screen successes as Spaceballs, Willow, the Academy Award® winning Moonstruck and A Fish Called Wanda.

While serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pathe Entertainment, Mr. Ladd oversaw the production of The Russia House. He was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM in April 1991. During his time as Chairman, he was responsible for the development of films such as the Academy Award®-winning Thelma & Louise.

In 1993, he left MGM to re-establish The Ladd Company through a production deal with Paramount Pictures.

Co-Producer PAUL HITCHCOCK most recently executive produced Philip Noyce's The Saint for Paramount Pictures. Also for Paramount, Hitchcock was executive producer on Brian de Palma's international box office hit Mission Impossible. In 1995 he was supervising producer on Jerry Zucker's First Knight, starring Sean Connery and Richard Gere. For over 24 years Hitchcock served as the London-based Vice President of Production for Warner Bros. Over this period he oversaw the production of such films as Batman, Gorillas in the Mist, Superman an Superman II, as well as Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, Barry Lyndon and A Clockwork Orange.

RENÉ DUPONT (Co-Producer) previously produced the films It Runs in the Family, From the Hip, Silver Dream Racer and the perennial cult favorite A Christmas Story. He executive produced the films Loose Cannons and Collision Course and served as associate producer on Shaft in Africa and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Dupont cut his teeth working in various production capacities on such high-profile projects from the 1960s and '70s as Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, The Viking Queen, The Blue Max, Sword of Lancelot, Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, Mysterious Island, Swiss Family Robinson and Blind Date.

Director of Photography PETER SUSCHITZKY is well known for his collaborations with director David Cronenberg, from the recent Crash to M. Butterfly, Naked Lunch and Dead Ringers. He has also worked extensively with John Boorman on the films Leo the Last and Where the Heart Is. Suschitzky's additional credits include Irvin Kershner's The Empire Strikes Back and Ulu Grosbard's Falling in Love.

Suschitzky started his career in documentaries and commercials. His first credit as cinematographer was on Kevin Brownlow's It Happened Here. He also worked on the legendary cult hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Suschitzky's recent credits include Tim Burton's Mars Attacks, Bernard Rose's Immortal Beloved and The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition.

Production Designer ANTHONY PRATT's recent credits include Neil Jordan's Butcher Boy and Michael Collins, David Seltzer's Shining Through, Peter Yates's Year Of the Comet and John Boorman's Beyond Rangoon.

Pratt's association with Boorman goes back to 1968, when he acted as art director on Hell In The Pacific. Since then, he traveled to Ireland twice to design films for Boorman, on Zardoz and Excalibur. Pratt's production design for Boorman's Hope & Glory gained him an Academy Award® nomination, a BAFTA nomination and the London Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement.

A graduate of the Regent Street School of Art, Pratt's many credits as production designer include Santa Claus - The Movie, Naked Tango and Not Without My Daughter.

Costume Designer JAMES ACHESON recently won the Academy Award® for his work in Michael Hoffman's Restoration. This is his latest of three Oscars®. The first two were awarded to him for his work on Stephen Frears's Dangerous Liaisons and Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. Acheson's designs for The Last Emperor also won him a BAFTA Award and a Donatello. Among his other screen credits are Terry Jones's Wind in the Willows and Little Buddha, also directed by Bertolucci -- two films on which he also served as production designer. He again collaborated with Bertolucci for The Sheltering Sky, and has worked with director Terry Gilliam twice, on Brazil and Time Bandits.

For the stage, Acheson has designed costumes for "The Marriage of Figaro," directed by Dr. Jonathan Miller for the Vienna State Opera, which will be restaged this year at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and more recently for the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of "Hamlet," directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Ralph Fiennes. He has also worked on such highly acclaimed BBC productions as The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and The Prince and the Pauper.

WILLIAM HOY (Editor) co-edited David Fincher's hugely successful thriller Seven. He recently completed work on William Bindley's The Eighteenth Angel. Hoy's additional recent credits include Wolfgang Petersen's Outbreak, Philip Noyce's Sliver and Patriot Games. Additionally, he co-edited Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, directed by Nicholas Meyer.

In 1991, Hoy was one of the editors on the multi-Academy Award® winner Dances With Wolves, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, and was associate editor on Roger Donaldson's No Way Out and The Philadelphia Experiment, directed by Stewart Raffill.

His television credits include two seasons of Paramount's phenomenally successful series Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as NBC's telefilm Shattered Mind and The Atlanta Child Murders.

Additionally Hoy was 2nd unit director on Best of the Best III, has written a screenplay entitled Deadly Dance, and produced "The Grapevine," a stage play for the Los Angeles Theater Center.

The Man in the Iron Mask is NICK GLENNIE-SMITH's (Music) third score within the past year, following Home Alone 3 and Fire Down Below. He was the main composer on the 1996 blockbuster The Rock starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, and Two If By Sea starring Sandra Bullock. With a classical education beginning at the age of eight at New College, Oxford, Glennie-Smith furthered his education via music scholarships. Following his studies at the prestigious Trinity College of Music, he began performing in bands, quickly becoming a top session musician in London, where he worked with Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Phil Collins and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, among others. His involvement in films began with his friend, Oscar®-winning composer Hans Zimmer, with whom he worked in Los Angeles as co-composer, arranger and conductor on several hit films, includint The Lion King, Crimson Tide, Nine Months, Cool Runnings and The Preacher's Wife.

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