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Anthony Fabian is an award-winning director of feature films, documentaries, commercials and shorts.

Born in San Francisco, California, he grew up in Mexico City, Paris, and London before graduating from UCLA's Film & Television School in 1986. He then settled in London, where he is based.

His first feature, Skin, was shot in and around Johannesburg from September to November 2007 and co-produced with Margaret Matheson (Bard Entertainments, UK) and Genevieve Hofmeyr (Moonlighting Films, RSA). It stars Sophie Okonedo (Oscar®-nominee for Hotel Rwanda and Golden Globe nominee for Tsunami, The Aftermath) Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Piano), Alice Krige (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), Tony Kgoroge (Hotel Rwanda, Hijack Stories) and newcomer Ella Ramangwane.

Skin was a People's Choice Award Finalist at the Toronto Film Festival (2008), and went on to win twenty-two international awards, including the Santa Barbara Film Festival (Audience Award) Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival (Audience and Jury Awards), AFI Dallas Film Festival (Audience Award), Palm Beach Film Festival (Jury Award, Best Film), Bordeaux Cinema Science Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize, Best Film), the United Nations Time For Peace Award (Voted by 21 UN Abassadors), Amnesty International Humanitarian Award (Italy), Griffon Environmental Award (Giffoni Film Festival, Italy) and the Orange Film Prize at the Ability Media International Awards. It was also nominated for a British Independent Film Award (Best Actress), an Ivor Novello (Best Score) and an NAACP award (Best Foreign Film).

His second feature film, Louder Than Words, was shot in Connecticut in 2012 and is based on true events. The film stars David Duchovny, Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton, and tells the poignant story of John and Brenda Fareri, grieving parents who were inspired by the unexpected death of their young daughter to build a world class children's hospital. It premiered at the Hamptons Film Festival in October 2013 and will be released in 2014.

His promotional films for the British Tourist Board feature Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Twiggy, Rupert Everett, Luke Evans, Colin Montgomerie, Boris Becker, Lennox Lewis, Jamie Oliver and Matt Smith.

He is also producer/director of an eight-part interview series narrated by Sue MacGregor called British Legends of Stage and Screen (2012), featuring Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Michael Gambon, Diana Rigg, Michael York, Glenda Jackson, Christopher Lee and Ian McKellen, co-produced with John Dunworth and Executive Producer Sandy Lieberson. The series was broadcast in the UK on Sky Arts HD.

Anthony shot Bach & Variations, a half-hour drama, in 1994. The film won a British Council Travel Award, and he was invited to give talks and attend festivals around the world.

Candy, his first 35mm short, was completed in 1998. The film stars Lone Madsen, Brooke Kinsella, Oliver Tobias and Miriam Margolyes, and has been seen by festival audiences worldwide. It was aired by FilmFour in the UK and is represented internationally by AtomFilms.

Jean, starring Susannah York, Gyuri Sarossy and Nicholas Clay, won both the Audience and Jury Prizes in the Planet Out Short Movie Awards, presented at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles in 2000, as well as Best Short Film at the Barcelona International Film Festival in 2001. The film has won several British Council Travel Awards and has been screened at over thirty festivals around the world.

His last short, Prick (6 minutes, 2006) stars Mark Gillis, Rachel Pickup, Mark Wakeling and Susannah York.

Anthony's first documentary, Township Opera, (2001) features emerging talent from South Africa. It was the first program to be transmitted solo on BBC 4 and was shortlisted for a One World Media Award. His second hour-long documentary for BBC 4, Harmony in Hanoi, is a fresh look at contemporary Vietnam through the eyes of its musicians. It premiered at BAFTA and was broadcast in March 2003.

In the summer of 2004, Anthony Fabian produced and directed a documentary, While the Music Lasts, about Batignano, a quirky festival in southern Tuscany which has launched the careers of some of the most successful British artists working in opera today.

His also made a documentary for Majestic Media and Sky Television called Embracing the Tiger, which charts the history, philosophy, practice and popularity of Tai Chi. It is the first documentary every to be made exclusively about this martial art.

Anthony's film career has led to work as Music Supervisor on a number of feature films, including Restoration, Goldeneye, Schubert and Hilary and Jackie.

His filmography includes profiles of performers Luciano Pavarotti, Cecilia Bartoli, Joshua Bell, Angela Gheorghiu, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Renée Fleming, Christophe Rousset, Olli Mustonen, Richard Egarr, and composer John Tavener.

2020 will see the release of his feature documentary, Good Hope, exploring the current socio-political landscape of South Africa through the eyes of the post-apartheid generation. His next feature film, based on Paul Gallico's Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, is scheduled for production in May 2020.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Damien Rea

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