- Alex Cox
Alexander Cox (born
December 15, 1954) is a British film directorand sometime actor, notable for his idiosyncratic style and approach to scripts. Cox has previously cited Luis Buñueland Akira Kurosawaas 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.
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 UCLAin 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 Westernseries 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 Smitheefilm. [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 companyis called Exterminating Angel, named after the Luis Buñuelfilm.
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)
* "" (1999)
* "" (2000)
Mike Hama Must Die!" (2002)
I'm A Juvenile Delinquent - Jail Me!" (2003)
election broadcasts for the three (2005)
* [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]
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