(1941-) English film director. His keen visual sensibility and an ability to tell a good story have made him one of the leading British directors of the 1980s and 1990s. He made such films for television as My Beautiful Launderette 1985 and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid 1987, both dealing with the effects of racism and inequalities in British society. His biography of playwright Joe Orton, Prick Up Your Ears 1986, was followed by a move to Hollywood with an adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons 1988, and the thriller The Grifters 1990.
His other films include the comedy thriller Gumshoe 1971 and Accidental Hero 1992.