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Profile: Michael Carlin/Prod Designer/Oscar Nom/The Duchess

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Michael Carlin studied sculpture in Perth and Sydney and practiced as a fine artist before moving to London in the late 1980s to pursue a career in film. He worked in various capacities on independent films such as Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover;Richard Stanley’s Dust Devil; and Iain Softley’s Backbeat; and also designed commercials and music videos for, among other artists, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Elton John, and George Michael. Mr. Carlin’s first film as production designer was David Evans’ Fever Pitch, adapted by Nick Hornby from his own novel and starring Colin Firth. and Julian Jarrold’s telefilmCrime and Punishment, for which he won a Royal Television Society Award. He previously collaborated with The Eagle director Kevin Macdonald on The Last King of Scotland, starring Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker; and, for Focus Features, he previously was production designer on Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, starring Golden Globe Award winner Colin Farrell.
More recently, Mr. Carlin’s production design of Saul Dibb’s The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, brought him an Academy Award nomination; and he has completed work on Anthony Hemingway’s Red Tails, about the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, for Lucasfilm. He then went on to design Lasse Hallström’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, adapted by Academy Award winner Simon Beaufoy from Paul Torday’s novel of the same name and Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist adapted from the novel by Mohsin Hamid. He is currently working on Two Faces of April for Working Title.You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com Link: www.123FilmEasy.com. Follow us on Twitter @123Film