Michael “Mike” Figgis (born 28 February 1948) is an English film director, writer, and composer.
Figgis’s early interest was in music and he played keyboards for Bryan Ferry’s first band. In 1983 he directed a theatre play, produced in Theatre Gerard-Philipe (Saint-Denis, Paris, France). This play performed with great success at Festival de Grenada and in Theater der Welt (Munich, Germany).
After working in theatre (he was a musician and performer in the experimental group People Show) he made his feature film debut with the low budget Stormy Monday in 1988. The film earned him attention as a director who could get interesting performances from established Hollywood actors. He initially made a splash in America in the 1990s with the gritty thriller Internal Affairs that helped to revive the career of Richard Gere. His next Hollywood feature Mr. Jones was misunderstood by the studio who attempted to market the downbeat story as a feelgood movie… read more
A decade later, its formal innovation is still inspiring, and its Hollywood satire more entertaining than you'd expect from such a radical experiment. But mostly, it remains an interesting cinematic experience, challenging notions of authorship and viewership. Read my full review: http://www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2010/02/03/iffr-time-code
For better or worse, the word "interesting" is almost impossible to evade when writing about Timecode. With that said, I must say that this is an "interesting" film in every positive sense of the term. A cinematic quartet that experiments with visual and dramatic counterpoint, and even admits with metafictional parody its own experimental "interesting-ness".