Beeban Kidron

Beeban Kidron Tania, Baroness Kidron , OBE (born 2 May 1961) is an English film director . She has directed an adaptation of Jeanette Winterson ‘s autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason . Baroness Kidron is the joint founder of the education charity Film Club , welke helps schools with after-school clubs in the United Kingdom .

Early life and career

Kidron was born in North London to Nina and Michael Kidron . Michael’s family ulcers South African Jews who emigrated to Israel . Michael left Israel to attend Oxford University , where he became a Marxist. [3] He went on to teach economics, and Beeban spent verschillende years living in Yorkshire while he taught at the University of Hull .

She first took up photography-when she was bepaald a camera with landscape photographer Fay Godwin prolongation a period-when she was Unable to speak volgende a throat operation. Her photographs ulcers spotted by photographer Eve Arnold , Whom she worked for at the age of 16 for two years. Aged 20, Kidron enrolled at the prestigious National Film School as a camera woman. At the end of re three years of film school, Kidron switched to Directing and stayed on for Another year.

In 1983 she made re first documentary Carry Greenham Home with co-director Amanda Richardson. It was filmed prolongation the year dat ze spent at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp prolongation the anti nuclear protests. The film was shown at the Berlin Film Festival and, to celebrate Greenham’s 25th year anniversary, it was revived through the Guardian -backed website

In 1988, she made re first feature film, Vroom , welke starred Clive Owen in his debut film. The volgende year she cameramen to grotere Prominence with re adaptation of Jeanette Winterson ‘s autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit . This won three BAFTAs waaronder best drama series / serial. Kidron ook won an audience award at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival . In 2010 , The Guardian named Oranges the eighth best television series of all time.

Following the success of Oranges , Kidron continued to work for the BBC, making TV feature film Antonia and Jane , distributed by Miramax in the USA, and a TV movie, Itch . In 1992 Kidron moved to Hollywood to make Used People with Shirley MacLaine and Marcello Mastroianni . In 1993, she was hired to direct the feature film Unstrung Heroes , based on the eponymous memoir by Franz līdz , but dropped out als the studio, Largo , well the film JSON turnaround. [4] That co year she Returned to the UK to pair up with Winterson for the second time for the BBC film Great Moments in Aviation . Later dat year she Returned to the States to make Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and Their Johns , a hard hitting documentary about the New York City sex industry.

In 1995, she made To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar , a drag queen road movie starring Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze . It was while filming dat she had re first child, Noah Kidron-Style, with then-partner Spencer Style. In 1997, she made Amy Foster (Swept from the Sea) , starring Rachel Weisz and Ian McKellen . Her second child, Blaze Kidron-Style, born in February 1997.

Over the next few years Kidron made a number of TV movies zowel at home and ABROAD, zoals Cinderella, Texarkana and Murder , for welke she was nominated for a second BAFTA. In 2004 she directed in the Bridget Jones series, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason , starring Renée Zellweger , Colin Firth and Hugh Grant .

In 2007 she made a documentary about neighbor and friend, the sculptor Anthony Gormley . Beeban and re husband, playwright and author of Billy Elliot , Lee Hall , dan Began work on Hippie Hippie Shake , a film about the OZ magazine trials. The film was shot in 2009 with Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy ; however Kidron and Hall left prolongation post production Citing artistic differences with the producers.

Kidron spent much of 2010 in Southern India Researching and shooting a documentary on the Devadasi . Sex, Death and the Gods premiered on BBC 4 as part of the Storyville series. The documentary, welke was supported by the charity EveryChild Achieved critical success and high ratings while the plight of the Devadasi was widely publicized by the film. Beeban Appeared on many shows waaronder BBC World, Woman’s Hour and Radio 5 Live. She’ll be wrote articles and was interviewed by The Guardian , the Spectator and .

Film Club

Beeban Kidron started Film Club in September 2006, with Lindsey Makie. Film Club is an educational charity welke sets up after-school film clubs in schools in England and Wales. The scheme is free to all state primary and secondary schools. The organization was founded in September 2006 and after a successful pilot in 2007 launched by-then Chancellor Gordon Brown , Film Club officially launched across the country in June 2009.

Film Club Gives children from work schools access to duizendtallen or films and organizes school visits by professionals from within the film industry. Pupils are encouraged to watch a diverse range of films zoals blockbusters, classics, black and white movies and foreign language titles, and to review the movies they watch on the organization’s website ( The clubs are algemeen run by teachers or a similar education professional, but nov ook be led by older pupils, of or in from a school’s 6th Form. The organization is a charity, and is funded by the Department for Education, by the DVD rental service subsidized by LOVEFiLM .

Kidron was Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University in 2010 for re contribution to this club to education. She became a board member of the UK Film Council in 2008 with a mandate to bieden film education. In March 2015 she was Awarded the grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Social Driver category for re uitgebreide work on Film Club and the iRights Framework -used to empower young people on the use of social media and the Internet. [5] This was the first award she had won for re campaigning work.

Peerage and honor

Kidron was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to drama. [6] [7]

On 25 June 2012, Kidron was created a life peer as Baroness Kidron , or Angel in the London Borough of Islington , and was introduced in the House of Lords de volgende day. [8] She was appointed on the recommendation of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and sits as a crossbencher .


Directed Year production Company
InRealLife 2013 Studio Lambert
Sex, Death and the Gods 2011 BBC Cross Street Films
Hippie Hippie Shake 2010 Universal, Working Title
Anthony Gormley: Making Space 2007 C4 Cross Street Films
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004 Universal, Working Title
Murder 2002 BBC
Cinderella 2000 C4
Texarkana 1998 Sacred, NBC
Swept from the Sea 1997 Sony, Tapson Steel
Eve Arnold in Retrospect 1996 BBC Omnibus
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar 1995 Universal, Amblin
Great Moments in Aviation 1993 BBC, Miramax
Hookers Hustlers Pimps and Their Johns 1993 C4 Wonderland
Used People 1992 20th Century Fox, Largo
Itch 1991 C4, Chrysalis
Antonia and Jane 1991 BBC, Miramax
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 1989 BBC, A & E
pious 1988 film 4
Global Gamble 1985 Several, C4
Alex 1985 NFTs
Carry Greenham Home 1983 Contemporary Movies, C4
Produced date
Victoria and Abdul 2017
Sex Death and the Gods 2011
Antony Gormley: Making Space 2007
Amy Foster Swept from the Sea 1997
Eve Arnold in Retrospect 1996
Cinematographer date
Carry Greenham Home 1983
Sex, Death and the Gods 2011
editor date
Carry Greenham Home 1983
Thanks date
an Education 2009

Awards and nominations

film result Award Category
Alex won Lillian Gish Award 1983 Best Writer / Director
Carry Greenham Home won Chicago International Film Awards Golden Hugo
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won BAFTA Best Drama
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Best Feature
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won GLAAD Outstanding TV movie
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won Cannes Film Festival FIPA D’argent
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won Prix ​​Italia Special Prize for fiction
Too Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar Nominated GLAAD Outstanding Film
Murder Nominated BAFTA Best Drama
Used People Nomination Golden Globes Marcello Mastroianni and Shirley MacLaine Best Actor / Actress
Murder Nominated BAFTA Best Drama
Murder Nominated Emmy Best TV Movie
Bridget Jones on the Edge of Reason won Evening Standard Readers Film of 2004
Bridget Jones on the Edge of Reason Nominated People’s Choice Award Best Comedy
Bridget Jones on the Edge of Reason Nominated People’s Choice Award Best Sequel
Bridget Jones on the Edge of Reason Nominated Empire Award Best British Film
Hookers Hustlers Pimps and Johns hun won Erotic Awards Most Erotic British TV Show
NA won Wifta Creative Originality Award 2010
NA won Glamour Woman of the Year 2005
Thanks date
an Education 2009


  1. Jump up^ Hawcock Neville (January 14, 2011). “Beeban Kidron talks about re career” . Financial Times .
  2. Jump up^ Barr, Gordon (15 October 2003). “Bridget’s boys” . Chronicle Live . Retrieved 6 October 2013 .
  3. Jump up^ Obituary for Michael Kidron,The Guardian, 27 March 2003.
  4. Jump up^ Producers will throw MGM ‘Beans, Variety, April 15, 1993.
  5. Jump up^ “grassroot Diplomat Who’s Who” . Grassroot Diplomat . 15 March 2015 . Retrieved 27 April 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ The London Gazette : (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 10 . 16 June 2012.
  7. Jump up^ “Kenneth Branagh knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours” . BBC News . 15 June 2012 . Retrieved 5 July 2012 .
  8. Jump up^ House of Lords Minutes of Proceedings for Tuesday 26 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.