ABOUT THE CAST
RUSSELL CROWE (Maximus) recently earned an Academy AwardÒ nomination for Best Actor for his work in Michael Mann’s true-life drama "The Insider." Crowe’s compelling portrayal of tobacco company whistle blower Dr. Jeffrey Wigand has also brought him Best Actor Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award.
Crowe previously garnered widespread acclaim for his performance as vice cop Bud White in Curtis Hanson’s crime drama "L.A. Confidential." He more recently starred in the hockey comedy "Mystery, Alaska," directed by Jay Roach.
Born in New Zealand, Crowe was raised in Australia where he has also been honored for his work on the screen. He was recognized for three consecutive years by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), beginning in 1991 when he was nominated for Best Actor for "The Crossing." The following year, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award for "Proof," and, in 1992, he received Best Actor Awards from the AFI, as well as the Australian Film Critics, for his performance in the controversial "Romper Stomper." In addition, the 1993 Seattle International Film Festival named Crowe Best Actor for his work in both "Romper Stomper" and "Hammers Over the Anvil."
Crowe made his American film debut in the 1995 Western "The Quick and the Dead," with Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone, and then starred as the cyber-villain Sid 6.7 in "Virtuosity," opposite Denzel Washington. His other film credits include "Heaven’s Burning," "Breaking Up," "Rough Magic," "The Sum of Us," "For the Moment," "Love in Limbo," "The Silver Brumby," based on the classic Australian children’s novel, "The Efficiency Expert" and "Prisoners of the Sun."
JOAQUIN PHOENIX (Commodus) has earned praise for his work in a number of diverse films. He most recently starred with Nicolas Cage in Joel Schumacher’s disturbing thriller "8MM." He also starred with Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche in the drama "Return to Paradise," and in "Clay Pigeons," also with Vaughn. Phoenix gained critical and audience acclaim for his portrayal of a teenager driven to murder in Gus Van Sant’s dark comedy "To Die For," starring Nicole Kidman. In addition, he starred in Oliver Stone’s thriller "U Turn," with Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Jennifer Lopez, and "Inventing the Abbotts," opposite Liv Tyler.
Virtually growing up on the screen, Phoenix began his career as a child actor in telefilms, television guest roles, and commercials. He made his feature film debut at the age of 10 in "Space Camp," and then starred in "Russkies." He followed with the role of Dianne Wiest’s angst-ridden teenage son in Ron Howard’s hit comedy "Parenthood."
Following "Gladiator," Phoenix will be seen in "The Yards," in which he joins an all-star ensemble cast, including Faye Dunaway, Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg; and the period drama "Quills," with Kate Winslet and Geoffrey Rush, for director Philip Kaufman.
CONNIE NIELSEN (Lucilla) is currently starring with Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins in the science fiction thriller "Mission to Mars," directed by Brian De Palma.
Nielsen was vaulted to leading lady status with her role as the pioneer woman Sandra who nurses Kurt Russell’s character, a veteran soldier, back to health in the futuristic actioner "Soldier." Her breakthrough performance came in 1997 as the Devil’s daughter in "The Devil’s Advocate," starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. She will next be seen in "Dark Summer," in which she stars with French actor Jean-Hughes Anglade.
She also made memorable appearances in the offbeat comedy "Rushmore," with Bill Murray, and "Permanent Midnight," opposite Ben Stiller. Her other film credits include "Voyage," with Rutger Hauer and Eric Roberts, and the foreign film "Le Paradis Absolument," with Christopher Malavoy.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nielsen began her career at the age of 15, working alongside her mother in local revues and variety shows. At 18, she headed to Paris to pursue her acting career, which led to further work and study in Rome, Milan, South Africa and New York. In addition to her acting, Nielsen is also a trained singer and dancer, and is fluent in English, German, Danish, Swedish, French and Italian.
OLIVER REED (Proximo) appeared in over 100 movies in a career that spanned more than 40 years. He is best remembered for his starring roles in such classics as Ken Russell’s "Women in Love," with Alan Bates, and the musical "Oliver!," as Bill Sykes. He also starred as Athos in the 1973 hit "The Three Musketeers," and its sequel "The Four Musketeers," with Michael York, Richard Chamberlain and Raquel Welch. He reunited with York and Chamberlain in 1989’s "The Return of the Musketeers."
Reed began his film career in his native England with a string of small parts in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He landed his first lead role in the 1961 British thriller "The Curse of the Werewolf," and was soon one of Britain’s most sought-after and prolific actors. In addition to the aforementioned films, the next two decades saw him starring in such features as "The Crimson Blade," "These Are the Damned," "The Jokers," "I’ll Never Forget What’s ’is Name," "The Shuttered Room," "The Devils," "The Hunting Party," the rock opera "Tommy," "Burnt Offerings," "The Prince and the Pauper" (aka "Crossed Swords"), and the remake of "The Big Sleep."
Reed began the 1980s with the epic "Lion of the Desert," in which he starred with Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger and Sir John Gielgud. His later film credits include "The Sting II," Nicolas Roeg’s "Castaway," "The House of Usher," "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," "Severed Ties," "Funny Bones," "Parting Shots" and "Marco Polo." He was also seen on television in such longform projects as "Return to Lonesome Dove," "Jeremiah," "Prisoner of Honor," "Treasure Island," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "Christopher Columbus."
Sadly, Oliver Reed passed away in Malta on May 2, 1999, near the end of filming his role in "Gladiator." He was 61 years old.
DEREK JACOBI (Gracchus) has been honored for his work on stage, screen and television. He earned a BAFTA nomination for his performance in Kenneth Branagh’s "Dead Again," and won an Edinburgh International Film Festival Award for his portrayal of Francis Bacon in "Love is the Devil." In addition, he won an Emmy Award, as well as a nomination for a Golden Globe Award, for his role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "The Tenth Man." He also garnered a Tony Award for his work on Broadway in Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing." In 1994, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II knighted Jacobi for his contributions to the performing arts.
Regarded as one of the great Shakespearean actors of our time, Jacobi was a protégé of Lord Laurence Olivier, who launched his stage career at England’s National Theatre. Jacobi later co-starred with Olivier in a screen version of "Othello," and also starred onscreen in the Olivier-directed adaptation of Chekov’s "Three Sisters." Additionally, he starred in Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptations of "Henry V" and "Hamlet," and appeared as himself in Al Pacino’s docudrama "Looking for Richard."
He made his American film debut in the political thriller "The Day of the Jackal," and then starred in "The Odessa File," both based on Frederick Forsyth bestsellers. His other film credits include "The Medusa Touch," "The Human Factor," "Enigma," "The Secret of NIMH," "Little Dorrit," "The Fool" and "Molokai: The Story of Father Damien." He also stars in several upcoming films, including "Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior," "Jason and the Argonauts," "The Body," and "Up at the Villa."
On television, Jacobi played the title role in the acclaimed miniseries "I, Claudius," and Hitler in "Inside the Third Reich." He has also starred in such projects as "Breaking the Code," "Witness Against Hitler," "The Secret Garden," "Cadfael," "Circle of Deceit," "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," among others.
DJIMON HOUNSOU (Juba) received a Golden Globe nomination and won an NAACP Image Award for his stirring portrayal of Cinque in Steven Spielberg’s "Amistad," which dramatized the true story of a revolt on a slave ship in 1839. He went on to co-star in the thriller "Deep Rising." More recently, Hounsou had a recurring role on the top-rated television series "ER." He just completed filming the dramatic feature "The Long Run," for producer Anant Singh.
A native of Benin, West Africa, Hounsou moved to Paris when he was 13 to improve his education. At the age of 22, he was discovered by noted fashion designer Thierry Mughler who enlisted him for several design campaigns, as well as his book Thierry Mughler’s Photographs. Hounsou was also one of Herb Ritts’ subjects in the photography book Men and Women.
He was subsequently spotted by director David Fincher who cast him in three music videos: Steve Winwood’s "Roll With It," Madonna’s "Express Yourself" and Paula Abdul’s "Straight Up." He also appeared in Janet Jackson’s video "Love Will Never Do Without You."
In 1990, Hounsou came to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He landed a small role in the thriller "Unlawful Entry" and was also seen in Roland Emmerich’s science fiction hit "StarGate."
RICHARD HARRIS (Marcus Aurelius) is one of the film industry’s most venerated actors. In 1991, he earned both Academy Awardâ and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in "The Field." Years earlier, he received his first Oscarâ nomination for "This Sporting Life," for which he also gained a BAFTA nomination and won the Best Actor Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of King Arthur in the musical "Camelot."
Born in Limerick, Ireland, Harris started his career on the stage, before making his feature film debut in "Alive and Kicking." He was introduced to American moviegoers in 1959 in "The Wreck of the Mary Deare," alongside Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston and Michael Redgrave. His other early films include "The Guns of Navarone," "Mutiny on the Bounty," "Major Dundee," "Hawaii," "The Bible" and "Caprice."
Following his onscreen work in "Camelot," Harris returned to the stage to play Arthur with international touring companies of the musical. During that time, he also recorded the classic hit song "MacArthur Park."
In 1970, Harris starred in the successful Western "A Man Called Horse," which spawned two sequels: "Return of a Man Called Horse," which he also produced; and "Triumphs of a Man Called Horse." He also wrote, directed and starred in "The Hero," about an aging soccer player. He went on to star in such films as "Cromwell," "Juggernaut," "Robin and Marian," "The Cassandra Crossing" and "The Wild Geese."
His more recent film work includes "Patriot Games," with Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood’s OscarÒ -winning Best Picture "Unforgiven," "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," "Cry, the Beloved Country," "Smilla’s Sense of Snow," "This is the Sea" and "To Walk With Lions." On the small screen, he starred with Mandy Patinkin in the telefilm "The Hunchback," and played the title roles in "The Great Kandinsky" and "Abraham."
In 1991, Harris returned to the London stage in Pirandello’s "Henry IV," for which he won Best Actor Awards from the Evening Standard, Plays and Players and the London Critics.
DAVID SCHOFIELD (Falco) originated the unforgettable role of "The Elephant Man" on stage, beginning with a small touring company, before taking the play to London’s Hampstead Theatre and then to the National Theatre. His work with the National Theatre also includes "Anthony and Cleopatra" and Arthur Miller’s "The American Clock." In addition, he co-starred as Roy Cohn in the European premiere engagement of Tony Cushman’s "Angels in America."
Television audiences most recently saw Schofield in the miniseries "Cleopatra" and "Mary, Mother of Jesus." His other credits include such longform projects as "Amongst Women," "Our Mutual Friend," "Real Women," "Our Friends in the North," "Band of Gold," "Jekyll & Hyde," "Somewhere to Run" and "Shackleton."
On the big screen, Schofield has been seen in such films as "The Last of the Mohicans," "An American Werewolf in London," "The Dogs of War" and the 1997 French production of "Anna Karenina."
JOHN SHRAPNEL (Gaius) was recently seen in the romantic comedy hit "Notting Hill," starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. He next co-stars in "The Body," and includes among his additional film credits "101 Dalmatians," "Two Deaths," "England, My England," "How to Get Ahead in Advertising," "Testimony," "Hennessy" and "Nicholas and Alexandra."
Shrapnel has appeared in a long list of television productions, including "The 10th Kingdom," "Mary, Mother of Jesus," "Invasion: Earth," "True Tilda," "Fatherland," "No Man’s Land," "Selling Hitler," "Young Catherine," "For the Greater Good," "Blackeyes," "Vanity Fair," "The Burston Rebellion," "Wagner," "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" and "Elizabeth R." In addition, he starred in the BBC presentations of "King Lear," "Troilus & Cressida" and "Timon of Athens," and was Creon in the televised Theban plays "Antigone," "Oedipus at Colonus" and "Oedipus the King," reprising the role he played on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
An accomplished stage actor, Shrapnel performed with Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre before joining the RSC. His extensive work with the RSC also includes the premieres of Arthur Miller’s "The Archbishop’s Ceiling" and Vaclav Havel’s "Temptation," and Kenneth Branagh’s staging of "Hamlet."
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
RIDLEY SCOTT (Director) won a Golden Globe this year for his work as a producer on the HBO movie "RKO 281," which dramatized the making of Orson Welles’ "Citizen Kane." He was previously honored with Academy Awardâ and BAFTA nominations for Best Director for the seminal hit "Thelma & Louise," teaming Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, both of whom received OscarÒ nominations. Scott had earlier helmed the blockbuster science fiction thriller "Alien," which catapulted Sigourney Weaver to stardom. He is next set to direct "Hannibal," the sequel to the OscarÒ -winning Best Picture "Silence of the Lambs," starring Anthony Hopkins in the title role.
A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Scott began his directing career at the BBC doing commercials. In 1977, he made his feature film directorial debut with the period drama "The Duelists," for which he won the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Following the record-breaking success of his follow-up film, "Alien," Scott directed the futuristic hit "Blade Runner," starring Harrison Ford. In 1993, Scott re-edited a director’s cut of "Blade Runner," which was released to great critical acclaim.
Scott more recently directed "G.I. Jane," starring Demi Moore as the first woman Navy SEAL. His additional credits include "White Squall," starring Jeff Bridges; "1492: Conquest of Paradise," with Gerard Depardieu; the gritty crime drama "Black Rain," starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia; the romantic thriller "Someone to Watch Over Me"; and the fantasy "Legend," starring Tom Cruise.
In addition to his work as a director, Scott produced "G.I. Jane," "1492: Conquest of Paradise" and "Thelma & Louise," and executive produced "White Squall" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." His other producing credits include "The Browning Version," "Clay Pigeons" and the upcoming "Where the Money Is," starring Paul Newman. He also executive produced "Monkey Trouble" and the anthology series "The Hunger."
In 1984, Scott made a brief return to commercial directing for what was to be one of the most groundbreaking ads ever created. Inspired by George Orwell’s 1984, the commercial announcing the arrival of Apple’s MacIntosh Computers won several major awards and is still considered an advertising benchmark.
DOUGLAS WICK (Producer) and his Red Wagon Productions have produced four major motion pictures over the last year, including "Gladiator." He produced the Christmas blockbuster "Stuart Little," based on the classic children’s book by E.B. White. His other December release, "Girl, Interrupted," developed from Susanna Kaysen’s acclaimed bestseller, stars Winona Ryder, Vanessa Redgrave, Whoopi Goldberg and Angelina Jolie, who earned an OscarÒ nomination and a Golden Globe Award for her role.
Wick’s final film for this year is Paul Verhoeven’s science fiction thriller "Hollow Man," due out this summer, starring Academy Awardâ nominee Elisabeth Shue and Kevin Bacon. Next up for Red Wagon is the much-anticipated film version of Arthur Golden’s bestseller Memoirs of a Geisha, to be directed by Steven Spielberg.
Wick garnered an Academy AwardÒ nomination and won a Golden Globe Award for his first film as a producer, Mike Nichols’ comedy smash "Working Girl," starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. He reteamed with Nichols to produce "Wolf," starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer. Wick’s other credits include "Hush," starring Jessica Lange and Gwyneth Paltrow, and "The Craft," with Neve Campbell.
BRANKO LUSTIG (Producer) won an Academy AwardÒ , a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his work as a producer on "Schindler’s List," directed by Steven Spielberg. He more recently produced DreamWorks’ first film release, "The Peacemaker," starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. Currently, Lustig is again working with Ridley Scott as a producer on "Hannibal," the sequel to the Oscarâ -winning "Silence of the Lambs."
Born in Osijek, Croatia, Lustig survived two years in Nazi concentration camps. Following the war, he began his career as an assistant director at Jadran Films, Croatia’s largest film and television studio. He subsequently worked as a production manager on such European location productions as "Sophie’s Choice" and "Fiddler on the Roof."
He went on to serve as assistant director on "The Tin Drum," and as assistant director, associate producer and European production manager for the miniseries "The Winds Of War" and its sequel "War and Remembrance." He was also a producer and assistant director on the Emmy-winning telefilm "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" and the sci-fi thriller "Deadlock," and was a producer on the miniseries "The Great Escape: The Final Chapter" and "The Intruders."
DAVID FRANZONI (Producer/Story/Screenplay) previously wrote Steven Spielberg’s "Amistad," which told the true story of an 1839 revolt by free Africans on a slave ship and their subsequent trial. He was previously awarded the 1992 George Foster Peabody Award, the Cable ACE Award and the 1993 Pen West Literary Award for his adaptation of "Citizen Cohn" for HBO, starring James Woods.
Franzoni is currently scripting "Vidocq Society" for Universal and Jersey Films, and "The Trial of Socrates," which he is writing to direct.
JOHN LOGAN (Screenplay) co-wrote the screenplay (from his own story) for Oliver Stone’s acclaimed football drama "Any Given Sunday," starring Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz. He also wrote the HBO movie "RKO 281," produced by "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott, which won this year’s Golden Globe Award for Best Television Miniseries or Movie, as well as the recent thriller "Bats." Currently, Logan is working on a script about the life of Howard Hughes for director Michael Mann, and the screenplay for "The Time Machine," based on the book by H.G. Wells, which is a co-production of DreamWorks and Warner Bros.
An accomplished playwright, Logan wrote "Never the Sinner," which received the New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play and was published by Overlook Press last year. The play premiered in Chicago in 1985 and opened in London’s West End in 1990. It has also been seen in Australia and South Africa, as well as on the London Fringe. Logan’s other plays include "Hauptmann," "Riverview," "The View From Golgotha" and "Speaking in Tongues."
WILLIAM NICHOLSON (Screenplay) was nominated for an Academy AwardÒ for his screenplay for "Shadowlands," starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, based on his original stage play. He counts among his other film writing credits "Nell," starring Jodie Foster; "First Knight," with Sean Connery, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond; "Sarafina!," starring Whoopi Goldberg; and "Grey Owl," starring Pierce Brosnan. He also wrote and directed the international release "Firelight," starring Sophie Marceau.
For the small screen, Nicholson has written such longform projects as "Crime of the Century," starring Isabella Rossellini and Stephen Rea; "A Private Matter," with Sissy Spacek and Aidan Quinn; and "The Race for the Double Helix," with Jeff Goldblum.
In addition, he authored the children’s fantasy adventure novel The Wind Singer, to be published by Hyperion/Disney in the fall.
WALTER F. PARKES (Executive Producer) co-heads DreamWorks Pictures, the motion picture arm of DreamWorks SKG, along with Laurie MacDonald. During his tenure, he has overseen such projects as the Academy Awardâ and Golden Globe-winning "Saving Private Ryan," and "American Beauty," which won three Golden Globe Awards, and was also nominated for eight Oscarsâ , including Best Picture.
A three-time Academy AwardÒ nominee, Parkes earned his first nomination as the director/producer of the 1978 documentary "California Reich," which exposed neo-Nazi activities in California. His garnered his second OscarÒ nomination for writing (with Lawrence Lasker) the original screenplay for "WarGames," and his third nod for his work as a producer on the Best Picture nominee "Awakenings."
Parkes more recently executive produced the action adventure hit "The Mask of Zorro," the blockbuster "Deep Impact," Steven Spielberg’s "Amistad," "Small Soldiers" and "Twister." He also produced the science fiction comedy smash "Men in Black" and DreamWorks’ first film release "The Peacemaker." His additional credits as an executive producer or producer include "How to Make An American Quilt," "The Trigger Effect," "Sneakers," which he also co-wrote, "Volunteers," "Project X" and "True Believer."
Laurie MacDonald (Executive Producer) is the co-head (with Walter Parkes) of DreamWorks Pictures, the studio’s motion picture division. They recently oversaw DreamWorks’ multiple OscarÒ nominee "American Beauty," which won three Golden Globes, including Best Picture. Their other successes include Steven Spielberg’s OscarÒ -winning drama "Saving Private Ryan," which was the highest-grossing release of 1998, and the hit "Deep Impact" (both co-productions with Paramount Studios).
She also served as a producer on Barry Sonnenfeld’s blockbuster science fiction comedy "Men in Black," which was the top-grossing film of 1997. More recently, MacDonald was an executive producer on the hit action adventure "The Mask of Zorro," starring Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. Her other executive producing credits include DreamWorks’ inaugural feature film release "The Peacemaker," "Amistad," directed by Steven Spielberg, "How to Make an American Quilt," "The Trigger Effect" and "Twister."
MacDonald began her producing career as a documentary and news producer at KRON, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. She later joined Columbia Pictures, where she served as a Vice President of Production. After four years, she started a production company with her husband, Walter Parkes. Immediately prior to joining DreamWorks, MacDonald oversaw development and production at Amblin Entertainment.
JOHN MATHIESON (Director of Photography) most recently lensed the British film "Plunkett & Macleane," directed by Ridley Scott’s son Jake. He had earlier worked with Jake on the television series "The Hunger," produced by Ridley and Tony Scott. Presently, he is again collaborating with Ridley Scott as the cinematographer on "Hannibal."
Hailing from Scotland, Mathieson has also served as the cinematographer on a number of international releases, including "Love is the Devil," starring Derek Jacobi in the story of artist Francis Bacon, "Vigo: A Passion for Life," "Twin Town," "Bye-Bye," "Pigalle" and the documentary "Mirror, Mirror."
ARTHUR MAX (Production Designer) counts "Gladiator" as his second project with Ridley Scott, having earlier designed "G.I. Jane." Max was also the production designer on David Fincher’s darkly disturbing thriller "Seven."
Prior to becoming a production designer, Max worked as an art director on Nicolas Roeg’s "Insignificance" and Hugh Hudson’s "Revolution." He also served as an assistant art director on such films as "Cal," "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" and "October Circle."
A native New Yorker, Max earned a degree in Theatre Design from New York University. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Polytechnic of Central London, and also holds a Masters in Architectural Design from the Royal College of Art. He got his start doing concert lighting and stage design for the rock group Pink Floyd, and later worked on a conversion of London’s St. John’s Church into a concert hall.
PIETRO SCALIA (Editor) was honored for his editing work on Oliver Stone’s "JFK" with an Academy AwardÒ , a BAFTA Award, and the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Award. He more recently earned a second OscarÒ nomination and another Eddie Award nomination for "Good Will Hunting." Scalia also edited "G.I. Jane" for director Ridley Scott, and includes among his additional film credits "Playing by Heart," "Stealing Beauty," "The Quick and the Dead" and "Little Buddha."
Scalia was born in Italy and grew up in Switzerland, before coming to the United States to attend the prestigious UCLA Film School. After earning an MFA, he began his career as an assistant editor on the Oliver Stone features "Wall Street" and "Talk Radio." He went on to serve as an associate editor on Stone’s "Born on the Fourth of July," which won the Best Editing OscarÒ , and as an additional editor on "The Doors."
JANTY YATES (Costume Designer) most recently designed costumes for two British films: "With or Without You," and Jake Scott’s period action comedy "Plunkett & Macleane." Her earlier credits include "The Man Who Knew Too Little," "Welcome to Sarajevo," "Jude," "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, But Came Down a Mountain" and "Bad Behaviour."
Yates started her career in the fashion industry, before segueing into films as an assistant on "Quest for Fire." She later served as a wardrobe assistant on such films as "Dance With a Stranger," "The Commitments" and "Oxford Blues."
HANS ZIMMER (Composer) earned dual OscarÒ nominations last year for his score for the animated musical "The Prince of Egypt" and Terrence Malick’s World War II drama "The Thin Red Line." In 1994, he won both the Academy AwardÒ and Golden Globe for his score for the blockbuster "The Lion King," which also spawned one of the most successful soundtrack albums ever. The composer has also been honored with OscarÒ nominations for "As Good as it Gets," "Rain Man" and "The Preacher’s Wife."
Currently, his music for "The Lion King" is again drawing applause in the award-winning Broadway production of the musical. The show earned the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as the Grammy Award for the Best Original Cast Album. Zimmer most recently reunited with "The Lion King" songwriters Elton John and Tim Rice for DreamWorks’ animated musical "The Road to El Dorado."
Zimmer has composed the music for over 70 feature films. His credits include "The Peacemaker," "The Rock," "Broken Arrow," "Nine Months," "Crimson Tide" (for which he won a Grammy), "Beyond Rangoon," "Cool Runnings," "A League of Their Own," "Black Rain," "Thelma & Louise," "Backdraft," "Green Card," "True Romance," "Days of Thunder," "Driving Miss Daisy" and "My Beautiful Launderette," to name only a few. He is currently scoring John Woo’s "Mission: Impossible 2," starring Tom Cruise.
In addition to his composing work, Zimmer heads DreamWorks’ film music division. His appointment marks the first time that a composer has headed the music department of a major studio since the days of Dimitri Tiomkin at MGM and Alfred Newman at 20th Century Fox.
LISA GERRARD (Composer) previously co-wrote (with Pieter Bourke) the score for Michael Mann’s OscarÒ -nominated drama "The Insider," starring Russell Crowe, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Gerrard’s music was also heard on the soundtrack of Michael Mann’s "Heat" and the score for the French film "Nadro."
In addition to her film work, Gerrard is also a recording artist. She is a co-founder of the group Dead Can Dance, with whom she performed on nine acclaimed albums and a number of world tours. She released a solo album, The Mirror Pool, in 1996, and began her alliance with Pieter Bourke the following year, resulting in the album Duality.
JOHN NELSON (Visual Effects Supervisor) includes among his more recent credits the hit romantic drama "City of Angels," starring Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage, and the thriller "Anaconda."
His credits as a visual effects supervisor also include "The Cable Guy," "Judge Dredd," "Johnny Mnemonic," "Wolf," "The Pelican Brief," "In the Line of Fire," "My Life," "So I Married an Axe Murderer" and "Stay Tuned." He also worked on the OscarÒ -winning visual effects in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."
NEIL CORBOULD (Special Effects Supervisor) has won BAFTA Awards for his work on Steven Spielberg’s "Saving Private Ryan" and Luc Besson’s "The Fifth Element." His more recent credits include the films "Entrapment" and the upcoming "The Vertical Limit."
Corbould began his special effects career on the 1979 hit "Superman," working with his uncle Colin Chilvers. He went on to gain experience on such films as "The Elephant Man," "An American Werewolf in London," "Superman III," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Amadeus" and the Bond films "A View to a Kill," "The Living Daylights," and "Licence to Kill," on which he got his first floor supervisor credit. He later served as a senior technician or floor supervisor on the films "Air America," "City of Joy," "Cliffhanger," "Cutthroat Island" and "Muppet Treasure Island."
PHIL NEILSON (Stunt Coordinator), a former Force Recon U.S. Marine Sergeant, served as the stunt coordinator on Ridley Scott’s "G.I. Jane." He is presently working with director Joel Schumacher on "Tigerland," and will then be reuniting with Ridley Scott on "Hannibal."
He was previously the stunt coordinator on such films as "The Corrupter," "Natural Born Killers," "Twelve Monkeys," "Fallen," "Jacob’s Ladder," "The Juror," "Heaven and Earth" and "King of New York." In addition, Neilson worked as a stuntman on a number of films, including "Armageddon," "Con Air" and "GoodFellas."