Spice World: About The Filmmakers

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BOB SPIERS (director) has worked with three generations of comedians and directed some of Britain's finest comedies. He began his comedy career in the 1970s as a television director of the immensely popular "It Ain't Half Hot Mum," "Are You Being Served" and "The Goonies." He then directed the award-winning comedy "Fawlty Towers." These widely acclaimed credits were later followed with comic hits like "The Comic Strip Presents," "French and Saunders," "Ruby Wax," "Alexi Sayle" and "Fry And Laurie." His most recent international television success has been directing the '90s cult series "Absolutely Fabulous." Bob recently directed his first feature film, the Disney remake of That Darned Cat, starring Christina Ricci.

URI FRUCHTMANN (producer) has a documentary and music background as a director, producer and writer. He made several award-winning films, including A House for Pele, Atlantic: Hip to the Tip, about the great soul label, and the reggae music documentary Stir It Up. In 1996, he set up Fragile Films with fellow producer Barnaby Thompson. In 1997, Fragile became part of the Guild Pathe Franchise. SPICE WORLD is the first feature production to come from the Fragile Films slate; future productions include An Ideal Husband, Mad Dogs and Frenchmen, and Shapinsky's Karma.

BARNABY THOMPSON (producer) has recently established Fragile Films with Uri Fruchtmann. After working for six years in the U.S. as vice president, creative affairs at Broadway Pictures, Lorne Michael's production company, Thompson has returned to England. During his stint at Broadway, he co-produced The Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy, which was nominated for four Canadian Genies; Tommy Boy, starring Chris Farley and David Spade; Lassie, directed by Dan Petrie; Coneheads, starring Dan Aykroyd; and Wayne's World and its sequel, with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. All of these films were made for Paramount Pictures.

Before moving to America in 1990, Barnaby ran the U.K.-based independent production company World's End Productions, where he produced and directed many award-winning documentary films, including Jimi Hendrix, which won the Silver Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival, and The Forgotten Holocaust, which received the Silver Medal at the New York Film Festival. He also produced Dear Rosie, a short film nominated for both British and American Academy Award,s.

SIMON FULLER (executive producer) is former manager of the Spice Girls. His career as a manager started in 1985 when he launched music act Paul Hardcastle with the hit single "19." He then took the song title and formed 19 Management representing successful acts such as Annie Lennox, Cathy Dennis and Brian Kennedy. From March 1995 to November 1997 the Spice Girls were a 19 Management act.

PETER MCALEESE (co-producer) joined Ulster TV as a floor manager and first assistant director after finishing college in his native Northern Ireland. He left in 1987 to pursue a freelance career, going to work as first assistant director on television productions and feature films such as Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda and Riff Raff and John Sayles' The Secret of Roan Inish. Peter went on to line produce the feature films The Young Poisoner's Handbook and John Duigan's The Leading Man. In 1996, he produced Twin Town and additionally acted as executive in charge of production for international distributors J & M Entertainment on The Serpent's Kiss and An American Werewolf in Paris.

KIM FULLER ( writer) has written for some of television's finest comedy shows over the past 15 years. His credits include "Not The Nine O' Clock News," "Three of a Kind," "Spitting Image" and "Red Dwarf." He also co-wrote and produced the cult hit series "The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos." He has worked extensively in the U.S. as writer/producer for "The Tracey Ullman Show," for which he received three Emmy nominations. Fuller's first feature film credit was Palace Pictures' Lenny Live & Unleashed.

JAMES CURTIS (co-writer) was put to work at eight years old putting up posters for "Rowan Atkinson In Review" and ended up as a script editor and producer in television comedy 20 years later. He was comedy producer on the multi-award-winning "Good Sex Guide," where he worked with Timothy Spall, Helena Bonham-Carter and Martin Clunes. Three years ago he turned to feature film writing and now divides his time between L.A. and London.

GRENVILLE HORNER (production designer) was educated at the Royal College of Art where he earned a Master of Arts in Three-Dimensional/Environmental Design. Since graduating he has worked extensively for the BBC both on comedy and drama productions. His credits include "South of the Border," "French and Saunders," Alive and Kicking and various BBC Screen productions.

KATE CARIN (costume designer) is experienced in both contemporary and period costume for film and television. She started work as a costume supervisor on various feature films including Let Him Have It and The Big Man. Kate's other film credits include assistant costume designer on Shadowlands and Splitting Hairs, and costume designer on Shallow Grave, Gillies Mackinnon's Small Faces and Regeneration. She also worked as crowd wardrobe mistress on Evita and as costume designer on many diverse television productions.

CLIVE TICKNER (director of photography) has worked on a number of award-winning feature films and television productions. His productions for the big screen include Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night, John Henderson's Loch Ness, Ken Loach's award-winning Hidden Agenda and Richard Eyre's productions Loose Connections and The Ploughman's Lunch. He received BAFTA awards for Best Cinematography for his work on TV's "The Borrowers," "Traffik" and the acclaimed drama series "Inspector Morse."

ANDREA MACARTHUR (editor) has been editing since 1987. Her editing work includes many award-winning commercials and promotional spots, including the Levi's jeans campaign. In 1990, she started Whitehouse Post Productions with Rick Lawley and John Smith. The company has expanded and is now regarded as one of the foremost editing companies in London. Her editing work from 1992 to 1997 covers several television and feature film productions, including the BBC2 opera "Killing Time," "The Good Sex Guide" series, and feature films Savage Hearts and Murder In Mind.

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