“127 Hours'” Danny Boyle and Christian Colson at the Hollywood Awards Gala
HollywoodNews.com: DANNY BOYLE’s (Director/Screenwriter/Producer) career started in the theatre with Howard Barker’s “Victory,” Howard Brenton’s “The Genius” and Edward Bond’s “Saved,” which won the Time Out Award. Boyle also directed five productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company before moving into television where his work included producing Alan Clark’s controversial “Elephant” and directing “Strumpet,” “Vacuuming Completely Naked In Paradise” and the series “Mr. Wroe’s Virgins,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination.
In 1994 his first feature, “Shallow Grave,” earned him the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film at the BAFTA Awards, among a host of other accolades. Boyle’s second film, “Trainspotting,” is one of the highest grossing British independent films of all time. The critically acclaimed film won four Empire Awards including Best Director and Best Film and was nominated for a BAFTA Alexander Korda Award and an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay.
In 2002 the smash hit horror film “28 Days Later” earned Boyle a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Boyle’s other feature films include “Millions” starring James Nesbitt, Alex Etel and Lewis McGibbon; “The Beach,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio; “A Life Less Ordinary,” starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz and “Sunshine,” starring Cillian Murphy. “Slumdog Millionaire,” his eighth internationally theatrically released film, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win more than 100 international industry awards including 4 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAs and 8 Academy Awards including best picture. Boyle’s latest feature “127 HOURS” stars James Franco in the extraordinary true story of outdoorsman Aron Ralston’s entrapment in Blue John Canyon, Utah and will be released theatrically by Fox Searchlight on November 5th 2010. The film marks Boyle’s second collaboration with producer Christian Colson and the duo are together developing a slate of new films.
CHRISTIAN COLSON (Producer) is an Academy Award® winning film producer, and Chairman of the London-based production company Cloud Eight Films. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1968, Christian graduated with a First Class Honours degree in English from Oxford University. In 1994 he began his film industry career at the talent agency London Management before becoming Head of Development UK for Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax Films in 1998.
Between 2002 and 2009, Christian was Managing Director of Celador Films where he produced seven features including Neil Marshall’s 2005 worldwide horror hit THE DESCENT, which won a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, and the Empire Award for Best Horror Film. In 2008 Christian produced Danny Boyle’s multiple award-winning “Sumdog Millionaire,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2008. 127 HOURS marks his second collaboration with Danny Boyle and will be released theatrically by Fox Searchlight on November 5th 2010.
Christian is currently in pre-production on the Civil Rights drama “Selma,” to be directed by Lee Daniels, and is developing a slate of films with Danny Boyle.
Image courtesy of the Hollywood Awards Gala.