A native of Scotland, Tilda Swinton started making films with the English director Derek Jarman in 1985, with Caravaggio. They made seven more films together including The Last of England, The Garden, War Requiem, Edward II (for which she was named Best Actress at the 1991 Venice International Film Festival), and Wittgenstein, before Jarman’s death in 1994. She gained wider international recognition in 1992 with her portrayal of Orlando, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf under the direction of Sally Potter.
She has established rewarding ongoing filmmaking relationships with Lynn Hershman-Leeson with whom she made Conceiving Ada, Teknolust and Strange Culture, with John Maybury with whom she made Man 2 Man and Love Is The Devil, with Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, The Limits of Control) and Luca Guadagnino with whom she made The Protagonists, The Love Factory and most recently the widely acclaimed I Am Love which she co-produced over the span a decade.
In 1995, she conceived and performed her acclaimed live-art piece The Maybe in which she presents herself lying asleep in a glass case for eight hours a day over seven days, which was presented at The Serpentine Gallery in collaboration with an installation she devised with Cornelia Parker. More than 22,000 people saw The Maybe there, making it the most popular exhibition of its time. The following year, in collaboration with the French artists Pierre et Gilles — and for comparable numbers of visitors – she recreated the piece at the Museo Baracco in Rome.
Swinton has also performed in Spike Jonze’s Adaptation; David Mackenzie’s Young Adam; Mike Mills’ Thumbsucker and Francis Lawrence’s Constantine; Béla Tarr’s The Man from London, Andrew Adamson’s two blockbusters The Chronicles of Narnia tales; Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton — for her performance in which she received the BAFTA and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress of 2008; and Erick Zonca’s Julia, which received its World Premiere at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival for which she was nominated for a César Award and which — on its release in the UK won for Swinton the Evening Standard’s Best Actress Award.
Academy Award® and multi-Golden Globe nominee John C. Reilly has made an impact in both the comedic and dramatic worlds of cinema. He has received Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his standout performance as Amos Hart in the Academy Award®-winning film, Chicago. Additionally, for that role, he was named Best Supporting Actor by the Las Vegas Film Critics, and was nominated by the Chicago Film Critics in the same category.
That same year, Reilly starred in two other Academy Award®-nominated films: Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, and Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, making it the first time that a single actor had been part of three of the five films in this prestigious category.
Reilly’s other Golden Globe nominations were for Columbia Picture’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Original Song – Motion Picture for Walk Hard, which he co-wrote. The song was also nominated for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
Most recently on the big screen, Reilly reunited with Will Ferrell and producer Judd Apatow in the comedy Step Brothers, which went to earn over $100 million domestically.
Reilly’s first film role came in Brian De Palma’s 1989 motion picture, Casualties of War. That was followed by appearances in a wide array of films including Days of Thunder, Shadows and Fog, We’re No Angeles, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Hoffa, Georgia, Dolores Claiborne and The River Wild. However, as a regular in director Paul Thomas Anderson’s films, Reilly began attracting attention for his roles in Hard Eight, Boogie Nights and Magnolia.
Other film credits for Reilly include as Jennifer Aniston’s husband in The Good Girl, which garnered him a Spirit Award nomination; Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, A Prairie Home Companion, Dark Water, The Aviator, Criminal, The Perfect Storm, For Love of the Game, Never Been Kissed, Anger Management, State of Grace and The Thin Red Line.
Reilly returned to his theater roots in 2000 when he starred in Sam Shepard’s Tony Award-nominated Broadway production, True West, starring opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, garnering an Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor. In April 2005 he starred in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ classic A Streetcar Named Desire. His other stage credits include the Steppenwolf Theater productions of Othello, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Grapes of Wrath where he starred alongside Gary Sinese. In addition, Reilly produced and played the title role in Ionesco’s Exit the King at the Actors Gang Theater in Los Angeles.
Reilly’s recent credits include voicing the character of 5 for 9 produced by Tim Burton, Cedar Rapids and the critically acclaimed Cyrus. Later this year, he will be seen on-screen opposite Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski’s God of Carnage based on Yasmina Reza’s play.
Born in Chicago and raised as the fifth of six children in an Irish-Lithuanian family, Reilly studied at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University.
Since his 2008 screen debut in the harrowing prep-school drama Afterschool, Ezra Miller has built a reputation for fearlessness, comic chops and holding his own opposite stars including Andy Garcia, Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt.
Afterschool, the highly-acclaimed independent feature, screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. The film garnered critical acclaim including nominations at both the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Miller’s film credits include opposite Andy Garcia in Raymond De Felitta’s City Island, Every Day, opposite Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Carla Gugino, Brian Dennehy and Eddie Izzard, and the lead role in Bryan Goluboff’s directorial debut Beware The Gonzo. Most recently, he completed Sam Levinson’s The Reasonable Bunch, in the lead role, with Ellen Barkin, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, and Martin Landau.
Miller’s television credits include multiple episodes of Californication on Showtime and a recurring role in the first and second seasons of the hit USA series Royal Pains.
A passionate musician, Miller recently toured on the East Coast with his band Sons of an Illustrious Father.
Lynne Ramsay won the 1996 Cannes Prix de Jury for her graduation film, the short Small Deaths. Her second short film Kill the Day won the Clemont Ferrand Prix du Jury; her third, Gasman, won her another Cannes Prix du Jury in addition to a Scottish BAFTA for Best Short Film.
Ratcatcher (1999), Ramsay’s debut feature, won critical acclaim and numerous awards. It was screened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival, winning her the Guardian New Directors prize. She also won the Carl Foreman Award for Newcomer in British Film at the 2000 BAFTA Awards, the Sutherland Trophy at the London Film Festival and the Silver Hugo for Best Director at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Ramsay’s second film, Morvern Callar (2002) won Samantha Morton the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress, and Kathleen McDermott the Scottish BAFTA Award for Best Actress. It also won the 2002 C.I.C.A.E. Award and the Award of The Youth at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.