The Academy Award-winning director James Marsh is a British filmmaker best known for his work on “Man on Wire”, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and “The Theory of Everything” the multi-award winning biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking released in 2014 starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Marsh received a nomination for the BAFTA for Best Director and the film was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, taking home the award for Best Male Actor.
Marsh was born in Cornwall where he lived in a “miserable council flat” with his family. When James was ten, his father became a born-again Christian who banned him from watching films. Later on, James won a scholarship to the University of Oxford and graduated with a degree in English.
Marsh is known to apply certain strategies he learned from nonfiction filmmaking to scripted storytelling. Mostly, he gives his actors space. “What I like to do is to be really very free so that you don’t know quite what you’re going to see when you turn the cameras on,” he tells me. “You allow the actors quite a bit of freedom to make things happen in front of the camera and allow improvisation to happen. If a script is good, you can do that”.
Marsh lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with his Danish wife and two daughters.