2021-01-09 03:05:09 UTC
By Benjamin Lee
The British director Michael Apted has died at the age of 79.
The film-maker and documentarian was known for films such as Gorillas in the Mist and Coal Miner’s Daughter, as well as his long-running series of Up documentaries.
His death has been confirmed by his agency to the Hollywood Reporter. No further details are yet known.
Apted’s career started in the 1960s on the small screen, and in 1964, he assisted on the the show Seven Up! as part of the current affairs show World in Action. He helped the director Paul Almond interview 14 seven-year-old children, and continued to independently revisit them every seven years over the course of their lives. The most recent, 63 Up, was released in 2019 and the director referred to it as “the most important thing I have ever done”. The series as a whole won the Peabody award in 2012.
“The series was an attempt to do a long view of English society,” Apted said in an interview last year. “The class system needed a kick up the backside.”
In promotion for the most recent installment, Apted expressed a desire to continue in another seven years’ time, saying he would continue as long as he “can breathe and speak”.
In the 1970s, Apted made his big-screen debut, directing the second world war drama The Triple Echo, starring Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson. But he saw see his first major film success in 1980 with Coal Miner’s Daughter, a Loretta Lynn biopic starring Sissy Spacek. It was nominated for seven Oscars, winning one for Spacek as best actress....