The MPAA welcomed critically acclaimed director Michael Apted to our Washington office Thursday night for the inaugural “Evening With”- a new event series that will bring leaders from the entertainment community to DC to discuss their work, their passions, and their experiences in the creative industries.
Apted’s work includes both television and film, most notably feature films Coal Miner’s Daughter, Amazing Grace, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The World Is Not Enough, and Gorillas in the Mist. He is also renowned for his work on HBO’s Rome series, and his multi-award winning UP documentary series, which Roger Ebert characterized as, “… an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium.”
Apted sat with MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd and provided fascinating insight on the creative process, a perspective that could only come from a passionate storyteller. He covered a wide range of topics, a reflection of the wide variety of his many works. Apted emphasized the importance of using local actors when filming on location to achieve the right authenticity; he described the “fantastic” pressure associated with directing a James Bond film; and he revealed the unique challenges in capturing real truth from his subjects while filming over several decades for his UP documentary series.
We look forward to hosting more creators, makers, innovators, and other celebrated members of our industry as we move forward with this exciting event series. Stay tuned!