Academy® and BAFTA Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from decorated American film producer/writer/director Roger Corman.
With his vibrant imagination and dedication to richly layered storytelling, Quentin Tarantino has established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation.
“Inglorious Basterds,” Tarantino’s World War II epic, assembled a renowned international cast, including Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender, Melanie Laurent, Til Schweiger, Mike Myers, and Christoph Waltz, who won an Academy Award® for his portrayal of Colonel Hans Landa. First shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, “Inglorious Basterds” was a critical and box office sensation, garnering numerous awards, including six BAFTA nominations, ten Critics’ Choice nominations (and wins for Best Ensemble, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor), and four Golden Globe nominations. It was also nominated for eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Achievement in Directing.
Prior to “Inglorious Basterds,” Tarantino thrilled audiences with “Death Proof,” starring Kurt Russell and Zoë Bell. Paired domestically with Robert Rodriguez’s “Planet Terror” on a double bill called “Grindhouse,” “Death Proof” was shown in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
In Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Vol. 1″ and “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” Uma Thurman, as “The Bride,” enacted a “roaring rampage of revenge” on her former lover and boss, played by David Carradine. Shot in China, Japan, the United States, and Mexico, the film co-starred Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox and Michael Madsen as Carradine’s team of assassins.
Tarantino wrote and directed “Jackie Brown,” a crime caper loosely based on Elmore Leonard’s novel “Rum Punch,” starring Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton. Grier garnered both Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance in the title role. Forster was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor, and Jackson won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival for his performance as Ordell Robbie.
Tarantino co-wrote, directed and starred in “Pulp Fiction,” which won numerous critics’ awards, a Golden Globe and Academy Award® for Best Screenplay, and the Palme D’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. (Tarantino made a return visit to Cannes ten years later to take on the prestigious role of jury president.) The time-bending crime drama stars John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda
Plummer and Christopher Walken.
Tarantino wrote, directed and starred in “Reservoir Dogs,” which made an auspicious debut at the Sundance Film Festival and marked the beginning of Tarantino’s career as a filmmaker. “Reservoir Dogs” co-stars Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel.
Following the success of “Reservoir Dogs,” the screenplays that Tarantino wrote during his tenure as a video store clerk became hot properties: Tony Scott directed Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in “True Romance,” and Robert Rodriguez directed George Clooney and Salma Hayek in “From Dusk Till Dawn.” In addition to their collaborations “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “Grindhouse,” Tarantino also joined Rodriguez as a special guest director on his hit “Sin City.”
Tarantino joined Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell by directing, writing and executive producing a segment of the omnibus feature “Four Rooms.”
For television, Tarantino directed the season five finale of “CSI.” The episode, titled “Grave Danger” garnered Tarantino an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Tarantino made his television directorial debut in 1995 with an episode of the long-running drama “ER.”
Tarantino’s diverse work as a producer exemplifies both his commitment to first-time filmmakers and his support for his experienced peers and colleagues. Tarantino served as an executive producer on Eli Roth’s “Hostel” and “Hostel: Part II,” Roger Avary’s “Killing Zoe” and Katrina Bronson’s “Daltry Calhoun,” and Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn.” The longtime fan of Asian cinema presented Yuen Wo Ping’s “Iron Monkey” to American audiences in 2001 and Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” in 2004.