Thomas George “Tom” Hooper (born 1972) is a British film and television director of English and Australian heritage. Hooper began making short films at the age of 13, and had his first professional short, Painted Faces, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992. At Oxford University Hooper directed plays and television commercials. After graduating, he directed episodes of Quayside, Byker Grove, EastEnders and Cold Feet.
Into the 2000s, Hooper directed the major BBC costume dramas Love in a Cold Climate (2001) and Daniel Deronda (2002), and was selected to helm the 2003 revival of ITV’s Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren. Hooper made his feature film debut with Red Dust (2004), a South African drama starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, before directing Helen Mirren again in the Company Pictures/HBO Films historical drama Elizabeth I (2005). This began an association between Hooper and… read more
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness? Calling it a TV drama would be giving it less credit than it deserves. The full three-hour film says so much about the experience (and mistreatment) of migrant workers in the UK, the scars of the Bosnian war and how atrocity continues to be overlooked by those trying to exploit it for their own personal gain. Heartbreaking performance from Ingeborga Dapkunaite as a Muslim woman coming to terms with the abuse of the past, and with a typically committed performance from Helen Mirren as the determined Tennison. Photographed by former Kubrick protégé now Refn collaborator Larry Smith, it might be the best thing Hooper has directed, from what I've seen.
When he's good, he's very good indeed. When he's not, he's using silly overcute over-tilted camera angles and allowing Russell Crowe to deliver the worst performance in recent memory.