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Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle is a well known film maker who writes, produces and directs movies. He is popular for films such as Trainspotting (1996) [film] Danny Boyle and Slumdog Millionaire (2008) [film] Danny Boyle. He is regarded as one of the best directors around by many film critiques and for good reason.

His trademark seems to be intricate and creative flashback sequences. Throughout most of his films he uses creative camerawork and editing to his advantage. A prime example of this would be his film 127 Hours (2010) [film] Danny Boyle. Throughout the film it had various different techniques that are trademarks to Danny Boyle’s way of directing. In the film Danny Boyle gives us another one of his truly iconic scenes. The scene of James Franco cutting his own arm off. This scene follows on from his “baby on the ceiling” scene in Trainspotting and his “Boy falling in latrine” scene in Slumdog Millionaire. The music, sound effects, VFX and editing makes the scene so much more terrifying and gruesome than shooting the scene plainly like most directors would.

Danny Boyle is not only renowned for his film making however. He is also constantly involved in charity events for the less fortunate. In 2009 after the release of his latest film Slumdog Millionaire he released, the makers of slumdog gave away $750,000 to children that are living in the slums of Mumbai. “Having benefited so much from the hospitality of the people of Mumbai it is only right that some of the success of the movie be ploughed back into the city in areas where it is needed most and where it can make a real difference to some lives,” said director Danny Boyle. Along with that he also supported an “Early break drugs project” which is a project that is for young people aged under 21 who are affected by drugs and alcohol.

Along with his charitable work and Film making more recently he created the opening ceremony for the London 2012 olympics. This was probably the biggest thing he had done in his career so far as the whole world would be watching. A record of 900million people around the world watched the opening ceremony with 27million of those coming from within the U.K. The opening ceremony has went down as one of the best opening ceremonies ever and showed british culture at both its lowest and highest points. One of the things that was brilliant about this opening ceremony was that it didn’t pretend to have a global appeal. It stayed true to British history and culture even with the odd british humour dotted in here and there. This showcased Danny Boyle’s talents once more and was recently credited with the Beyond Theatre award at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. He is also a fan favourite to be Knighted following the success of The London 2012 Olympic games.


Tim Saunders. (2009). Slumdog Makers Donate To Children’s Charity.Available: Last accessed 27 November 2012.


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