Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Director
Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Director
WHO IS MICHAEL?
Great question with a great answer! As a director, Michael wears a variety of directing hats and his work uniquely spans from TV to Broadway to film – and now, with Tinsel’s Town, to digital media as well.
HOLLYWOOD IS IN HIS DNA:
Although his mother was Academy Award nominee Geraldine Fitzgerald , Michael got his start and forged a name for himself directing the groundbreaking musical TV series “Ready, Steady, Go!”. Named by the British Film Institute as one of the best British television programs of all time, it also wound up being a showcase for Michael’s groundbreaking experimentation with new camera angles and techniques.
THE “FATHER OF THE MUSIC VIDEO”:
Michael has played such a pivotal and crucial role in the music video genre that he’s become known as “The Father of the Music Video” for directing the first videos for The Beatles (including REVOLUTION), The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and The Who.
He also directed the Beatles documentary LET IT BE (currently being remade by Peter Jackson), Whitney Houston’s first music video “You Give Good Love”, and was the award-winning director of GRACELAND with Paul Simon. With this intense interest in music, it’s not surprising that Michael has also signed on to direct “Tinsel’s Town”’s very musical sequel, THE LULLABY LEAGUE.
A UNIQUE DIRECTOR:
Michael’s work is not confined to music or to video. He’s one of just a handful of directors who’ve successfully managed to move skillfully amongst various media, often nominated and awarded for his groundbreaking efforts in television, stage and feature films.
At a time when HIV and AIDS were stigmatized everywhere, including on the New York stage, Michael stepped forward to direct the original groundbreaking production of Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART at Joe Papp's Public Theatre. The play was later remade by Ryan Murphy.
On Broadway Michael earned a Tony nomination as Best Director for WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY the same year his mother, Geraldine Fitzgerald (one of only a few women directors in theater) was nominated for the same award for her play, Mass Appeal. Michael’s Broadway production of AGNES OF GOD with Geraldine Page won a Tony Award for Amanda Plummer and won critical praise for Michael as well as incredible reviews.
The New York Film Festival premiered his film THE ROLLING STONES ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS as a (sold out) Special Event. The film, long thought lost, has recently been rediscovered and will soon be getting a theatrical release, according to an LA Times article.
Michael’s other credits include SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE screenwriter Tom Stoppard's only original television play, PROFESSIONAL FOUL and Graham Greene's DR FISHER OF GENEVA. He also directed RUNNING MATES with Diane Keaton and ED Harris for HBO, and wrote/directed THE OBJECT OF BEAUTY, starring John Malkovich and Andie Mc Dowell, which won Best Director and Best Film at the Cairo International Film Festival. His film FRANKIE STARLIGHT with Anne Parillaud, Gabriel Byrne and Matt Dillon was voted by Jeffrey Lyons and Siskel and Ebert as one of their Top 10 pictures of the year while his film GUY with Vincent D'Onofrio was named one of the year’s Ten Best by LA WEEKLY.
Most notably (and perhaps most famously), Michael directed BRIDESHEAD REVISITED (3 of his 5 BAFTA nominations or wins), a worldwide phenomenon that is widely considered the cultural precursor to DOWNTON ABBEY.
AS IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH!
Michael is also an accomplished visual artist. His oil paintings and drawings have had solo shows in New York, London, Austin and Los Angeles. His artwork, can be viewed on his website here.
Michael is also the author of a best-selling memoire: “Luck and Circumstance”, described by its New York Times Review as “a practically Shakespearean drama … Epic love, mistaken identities, letters revealing secrets — they’re all here.“. He is also a contributing editor at “Vanity Fair”.
IN THE NEWS:
Michael has been lately making news in The LA Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and other outlets for his pioneering work in the original LET IT BE film, which is currently being remade by filmmaker Peter Jackson. Michael’s version has recently been restored and is set to finally get its digital release. BMG has recently acquired the rights to “Ready, Steady, Go!” which you can read about here. They plan to “explore the legacy of what was arguably the most influential UK music TV show of all time.”
A legacy which the “Tinsel’s Town” director was an integral part.