The filmmaker also directed films such as ‘Persuasion’, ‘Venus’ or ‘Morning Glory’
With his first film Persuasion (1995), based on the novel by Jane Austen, filmmaker Roger Michell achieved a BAFTA, but he will always be remembered for directing one of the most famous romantic comedies of the 90s, Notting Hill, starring Julia. Roberts and Hugh Grant.
The director, who presented his latest film El Duque out of competition at the Venice Film Festival last year, died yesterday at the age of 65, as reported by the British agency PA in a brief statement. “It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow announce his death at the age of 65 on September 22, At this time, a cause of death has not been released.
Born in South Africa, Michell also directed other successful films such as Changing Lanes (2002), Venus (2006) or Morning Glory (2010), with the Canadian Rachel McAdams and the American Harrison Ford.
His latest film, El Duque , starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, which was very well received in Venice, has not yet been released in Spain, although it is scheduled to be seen in theaters in the coming months.
Michell also stood out as a theater and television series director, as well as as a writer.
By the time Michell agreed to shoot Notting Hill , he had already achieved some fame with his first films. However, he was not the first director chosen for the film. In the first instance, he was scheduled to direct the comedy Anthony Minghella. The film, released on August 5, 1999 in Spain, managed to raise more than 360 million dollars and was a candidate for three Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards.
Precisely, Julia Roberts was one of the first people to express public condolences for the death of the filmmaker. In his social networks he has published a photo of Michell with the following message: “I loved every minute we spent together.”