Michael Kuhn

Director, Qwerty Films

Michael Kuhn was born in Nairobi , Kenya in 1949. After primary school he left to attend Dover College in England in 1962 and went on to Clare College Cambridge in 1968 to read Law.

He joined Polygram NV (now part of Universal) in 1975 and in 1991 set up Polygram Filmed Entertainment, which made and distributed over 100 feature films, which between them won 14 Academy Awards. These films included Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Dead Man Walking, The Usual Suspects, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Elizabeth, Trainspotting and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

He served on Commissioner Oreja's Committee, which reported last year and was awarded the Michael Balcon Award for services to British Cinema, in 1999.

Michael married Caroline in 1995 and has two sons. He returned to Britain in 1999, after being based in Los Angeles. He set up Qwerty Films in 1999, securing finance to produce bigger budget movies and has investments in a music company, theatre and a film development joint venture with the Film Council. Qwerty Films has produced six features in its first four years of operation and is just starting production on Severance, to be directed by Christopher Smith (Creep), and Alien Autopsy, directed by Jonny Campbell and starring Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin (TV's Ant and Dec).

His book 100 Films and a Funeral was published in 2001. He was appointed Chair of the National Film and Television School in 2002.

Michael's top 10

"Broadening horizons and seeing the world differently is - or ought to be - in the remit of film. Which makes ICO culturally significant and to be applauded."

The 2010 Guardian Film Power 100

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