Antonia Bird, anyone who dies at this age is tragic. She mostly did high level TV. I will remember her best for Cracker with Robbie Coltrane, as high a level as tv has ever reached. Anyone who could make a believable romance with Chris O Donnel in the lead is worth celebrating. Here is what aint-it-cool-news had to say:
Antonia Bird made films and shows about many different subjects and themes. She was versatile and talented, first getting her start working in theater before moving to British television. She worked a stint on the beloved EASTENDERS in 1985, and was very successful working in that medium. Her first film, PRIEST, was hugely controversial at the time, and was condemned by the Catholic Church. But it was also honest and truthful, featuring incindiary performances by Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, and Robert Carlyle.
It was Carlyle who supported Bird when the troubled production of RAVENOUS lost its first directors, and Bird’s work on that film is marvelous. RAVENOUS is scary, horrifying, disgusting, and funny, often all at the same time, and Bird made what could have been a simple cannibal film into something so much more, with deep subtext and meaning. RAVENOUS is one of the best horror films of the 1990s, due in no small part to Bird’s discipline and skills as a filmmaker.
Antonia Bird passed away today at the age of 54. We here at Ain’t It Cool offer our sympathies to her family and friends. If you haven’t seen RAVENOUS yet, I can’t think of a better way to honor her memory than to watch it, and this is certainly the right season for it.
Well, I saw this that she directed:
Inspector Morse: Season 6, Episode 4
Very sad. Ravenous is one of my favorite films, and Priest is very good as well.
Very sad – RIP
Didn’t love her films but she was definitely talented. Ravenous was certainly interesting.
How did she die Den? 54 is far too young to pass on.
all it says so far is she died at 54 after an illness
she has a final film coming next year, Cross My Mind, with Olivia Williams
An intense and erotic love is born out of loneliness and secret passion. The woman is married. The young soldier is starting to recover. She is not who he thinks she is. A film about the urgency of deceit and desire; seeing and not seeing.