Originally from England,
Rupert Wainwright studied at Oxford University and put himself through college
by acting in such 1980s British films as “Another Country” and “Dreamchild.” In
1986, he attended UCLA on a Fulbright scholarship to study film and started
directing music videos to pay for his short-film work.
He has won numerous
awards for his work, including several MTV Video Music Awards, Adweek’s Effie
and a Grammy.
Wainwright is best known
for his 1999 work, “Stigmata.” Starring Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne and
Jonathan Pryce, the film is an original vision of a classical horror film
blended with a personal search for faith under the strictures of the hierarchy
of the Roman Catholic Church. The picture was as controversial for its content
as it was praised for its striking imagery. The film was released in 1999 and
made over $100 million worldwide.
Wainwright continues to
successfully straddle the worlds of features and commercials with unique visual
style and driving sense of storytelling. His most recent feature was “The Fog”
for Revolution Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Starring Tom Welling
and Selma Blair, it opened at #1 in theatres in Oct 2005.