Roger Mitchell, director of films such as “Notting Hill”, “Venus” and “My Cousin Rachel,” died Wednesday, his promoter told the UK Press Association. He was 65 years old.
A statement from his preacher read to the agency on Thursday: “It is with great sadness that Roger Michelle’s family, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announced her death on September 22 at the age of 65.”
Born in South Africa, Michelle had a successful career in theater, including the Royal Court Theater in the United Kingdom, the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she was the Resident Director, and the National Theater, among others. For TV, he created the miniseries “Downtown Lagos” (1992), followed by Hanif Qureshi’s widely acclaimed adaptation of “The Buddha of Suburbia” (1993).
Michelle made her directorial debut with “My Night with Reg” (1997), where a group of gay English men spent a memorable night after a friend died of AIDS.
The romantic comedy “Notting Hill” (1999), written by Richard Curtis and starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, had a worldwide impact and made Michelle a demand filmmaker across the Hollywood pond. Like the thriller “Changing Lens” (2002), starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, “The Mother” (2003), which saw Michelle reunite with Qureshi.
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