Writer, director and producer Anthony Minghella was one of Britain's major filmmakers. He won his first BAFTA for the screenplay for Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991). International acclaim followed, with three BAFTA nominations for The English Patient (1996), and nominations in the Director and Adapted Screenplay categories for both The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003).
I tried to be a director and discovered that I am not really a director... what I am is a writer who is able to direct the films that he writes.
In the full video of this event from 2006 - available to watch now on BAFTA Guru - Minghella discusses his work and career, including dealing with immediate success and working out where his talents lie: “One of the things that is most notably different in America is that if you are embraced you are almost completely embraced, without reservation, immediately…"