Alex Cox


Alex Cox

Alexander Cox (born December 15, 1954) is a British film director and sometime actor, notable for his idiosyncratic style and approach to scripts. Cox has previously cited Luis Buñuel and Akira Kurosawa as influences. [ [http://www.alexcox.com/dir_lastemperor.htm Alex Cox - Kurosawa: The Last Emperor ] ] His film "Repo Man" is often credited as one of the first modern independent movies. It was this film that brought him critical attention.

Biography

Alex Cox was born in Bebington, Wirral, Nr. Liverpool, Merseyside. Cox studied at Wirral Grammar School and later at Worcester College, Oxford, then embarked upon a course in film studies at Bristol University and UCLA in California.

As well as directing films, Cox helped pen a rejected screenplay for the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (first draft only). He has also written on the subject of film for publications such as "Sight and Sound", "The Guardian", "The Independent", and "Film Comment". From 1988 to 1994, he presented the television series "Moviedrome" on BBC Two, providing introductions to a series of alternative or obscure films that would otherwise be unknown to the general public. As a film aficionado, Cox also lent his opinions to numerous film documentaries, and provided introductions for ITV4's Spaghetti Western series made by Free@Last TV and directed by Katie Kinnaird. He has also provided introductions to DVDs such as the BFI edition of Kurosawa's "Red Beard" and Eureka Video's release of Kaneto Shindo's "Onibaba". In June 2008 he introduced the films in BBC Four's Western Weekend.

During his career, Cox has turned down offers to direct the films "Robocop", "Three Amigos", and "The Running Man" [ [http://www.avclub.com/content/node/22824 Alex Cox Interview with The Onion] ] . Following his success with "Repo Man", Cox had planned to direct a semi-sequel in the mid-90s, entitled "Waldo's Hawaiian Holiday", in which he intended to star Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton, Rebecca De Mornay, and Willem Dafoe. However, funding was never established, but in April 2008 it was released as a graphic novel. [ [http://www.waldoshawaiianholiday.com/ Waldo's Hawaiian Holiday] ] The script is available for download at [http://www.alexcox.com alexcox.com] . In 1996, De Mornay co-produced "The Winner", with results Cox disowns, referring to the released version as his Alan Smithee film. [See http://www.alexcox.com/dir_winner.htm]

In the documentary, Breakfast With Hunter, we learn of Cox's misinterpreretation of Hunter S.Thompon's vision for his book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Cox is married to Tod Davies, who wrote and produced "Three Businessmen" and produced "Revengers Tragedy". Their production company is called Exterminating Angel, named after the Luis Buñuel film.

Partial filmography

Feature films

* "Sleep Is for Sissies" (1980)
* "Repo Man" (1984)
* "Sid & Nancy" (1986)
* "Straight to Hell" (1987)
* "Walker" (1987)
* "El Patrullero" (1992)
* "The Winner" (1996)
* "Death and the Compass" (1996)
* "Three Businessmen" (1998)
* "Revengers Tragedy" (2002)
* "The Searchers 2.0" (2007)

Documentaries

* "" (1999)
* "" (2000)

Television

* "Mike Hama Must Die!" (2002)
* "I'm A Juvenile Delinquent - Jail Me!" (2003)
* The election broadcasts for the three (2005)

References

External links

* [http://www.alexcox.com/ Alex Cox website]
* [http://www.avclub.com/content/node/22824 Alex Cox interview] , from The Onion - September 20, 2000
* [http://www.avclub.com/content/interview/alex_cox Interview] from The Onion - March 14, 2008
* [http://brooklynrail.org/2008/04/film/wilentz The Brooklyn Rail interview]
* [http://www.searchmytrash.com/articles/alexcox(6-08).shtml Biography on (re)Search my Trash]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Alex Cox — Nombre real Alexander Cox Nacimiento 15 de diciembre de 1954 (56 años) Bebington cerca de Liverpool Otros nombres Alex Cox …   Wikipedia Español

  • Alex Cox — est un acteur, réalisateur et scénariste britannique né le 15 décembre 1954. Sommaire 1 Filmographie sélective 1.1 Comme acteur 1.2 Comme réalisateur …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cox (surname) — Cox Family name The hills found in Carmarthenshire, Wales, where Cox may have been a topographic name for a man from the red hills. . Pronunciation …   Wikipedia

  • Alex Jones (radio host) — For other people of the same name, see Alex Jones (disambiguation). Alex Jones Alex Jones portrait …   Wikipedia

  • Alex Lanipekun — Nacimiento 7 de abril de 1981 (30 años) Londres, Inglaterra, UK Ficha en IMDb Alex Lanipekun, ( nació el 7 de abril de 1981 en Londres Inglaterra ), es un actor británico, mejor conocido por su papel de Ben Kaplan en la serie británica… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Alex Smoke — 2006 beim Decibel Festival in Seattle Alex Smoke (eigentlich Alex Menzies; auch Quixote) ist ein schottischer DJ und Produzent aus Glasgow. Sein Musikstil wird dem Minimal Techno und dem Microhouse zugeordnet. Er ist seit 2002 als Künstler aktiv… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alex Birns — aka Shondor (February 21, 1907 – March 20, 1975) was a notorious Jewish American mobster and racketeer from Cleveland, Ohio who was once labeled as the city s Public Enemy No. 1 by the local newspapers. He was actively involved in a wide variety… …   Wikipedia

  • Alex Morgan — Avec l équipe des États Unis des moins de 20 ans en …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Alex McManus — is a musician from Omaha, Nebraska. He is part of the indie scene and played with bands such as Acorns, Empire State, Lambchop, Vic Chesnutt, and Bright Eyes. He is also in his own band called The Bruces. The Bruces discography* Family day (1991… …   Wikipedia

  • Alex Raisbeck —  Spielerinformationen Voller Name Alexander Galloway Raisbeck Geburtstag 26. Dezember 1878 Geburtsort Polmont,  …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.