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      Iain Softley

      Iain Softley

      Highest Rated: 85% The Wings of the Dove (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 25% Trap for Cinderella (2013)

      Birthday: Nov 30, 1956

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      London-born Iain Softley managed to parlay his early love of music and painting into a career as a feature film director. Directing and designing theater productions as a student at Queen's College, Cambridge, made him realize his vision lent itself more to film, and he turned to the small screen, working first for a documentary unit of Granada TV. Softley then joined the BBC and created 30 "auteur documentaries" for television before becoming a successful director of music videos. While still at the BBC, he started looking for a rites-of-passage story to make into a feature film and came upon photographs of ex-Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe, who quit to become a visual artist in Germany before the band became famous. Those pictures became the inspiration for his debut "Backbeat" (1992). That film opened the door for his first US movie "Hackers" (1995), about teens wreaking havoc in cyberspace.

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      INKHEART, from left: director Iain Softley, producer Cornelia Funke, on set, 2008. ©New Line Cinema THE SKELETON KEY, director Iain Softley on set, 2005, © Universal / HACKERS, Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller, Iain Softley, 1996, director and actors discuss the scene between on the set INKHEART, director Iain Softley, on set, 2008. ©New Line Cinema THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, director Iain Softley, on set, 1997. ©Miramax INKHEART, from left: Paul Bettany, Brendan Fraser, director Iain Softley, on set, 2008. ©New Line Cinema

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 67% The Shepherd Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2023
      No Score Yet 27% Curve Director - 2015
      25% 24% Trap for Cinderella Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2013
      38% 45% Inkheart Director,
      Producer
      $17.3M 2008
      37% 58% The Skeleton Key Director $47.8M 2005
      42% 74% K-PAX Director $50.3M 2001
      85% 78% The Wings of the Dove Director $13.7M 1997
      33% 68% Hackers Director $6.9M 1995
      68% 66% Backbeat Director $1.7M 1994