Saturday, 26 October 2013


One of the UK's foremost female film and TV directors, Antonia Bird, died Thursday at age 54. A successful career in British TV through the 80s and early 90s saw her move into film, and her debut, 1994's Priest, was a major success at festivals around the world, with awards including the Teddy for Best Feature Film at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award. Following a rough experience taking over from Milcho Manchevski on 1999's Ravenous, she moved back into TV directing, where she drew yet more acclaim, particularly for her drama series The Village from 2012. The AMPAS member died following a struggle with anaplastic thyroid cancer. She leaves behind her first film in over fourteen years, Cross My Mind, which is due to be released next year.