George Butler (filmmaker)

George Butler (filmmaker)

George Butler (born 1944 in London) is an English photographer and documentary filmmaker.

After meeting John Kerry in 1964 he worked with him on the book "The New Soldier" published in 1971.

On a photo assignment to cover the IFBB Mr. Universe contest in Baghdad in 1972, Butler met Arnold Schwarzenegger. This meeting led to the production of Butler's first documentary "Pumping Iron" (1977) about Schwarzenegger and other bodybuilders that is credited with starting Schwarzenegger's film career. Butler later directed a sequel called "" (1985) featuring Bev Francis, Rachel McLish, and several other women.

Butler initially worked sparingly as a documentary filmmaker making 3 films between 1977 and 1999. However, in recent years he has started to work more regularly. In 2000, he made "" a 97 minute documentary about Ernest Shackleton's failed Antarctic expedition in 1914. The film was well received by critics, [ [ The Endurance entry] ,, accessed January 12 2007. ] and was nominated for and won several awards. [ [ The Endurance awards page] ,, accessed January 12 2007. ] The following year, Butler released a documentary, "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure", which recounts the crew's heroism. Narrated by Kevin Spacey, the film is 57 minutes shorter than "The Endurance".

In 2004, Butler again collaborated with John Kerry this time to make the documentary "". "Going Upriver" is about Kerry's Vietnam experiences, his activity in the peace movement following his return from Vietnam, and his current political views and theories. It includes footage from the early 1970s of Kerry along with current interviews of Kerry and a host of other veterans.

Butler's most recent documentary is "Roving Mars" (2006), a 40 min. documentary about the twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which were launched by NASA in 2004.


* "Pumping Iron" 1977
* "" 1985
* "In the Blood" 1989
* "" 2000
* "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure" 2001
* "Going Upriver" 2004
* "Roving Mars" 2006


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