To celebrate the life and works of one of the University of Hull’s most famous alumni, Middleton Hall will be playing host to a season of film screenings of Anthony Minghella’s most seminal works.

As part of Hull UK City of Culture, the events will also involve discussions, script readings and question and answer sessions, taking a look at where it all began and the incredible legacy he left behind. But before you book yourself in for a viewing, let’s take a look at some interesting facts and trivia that you may not have known about the Hull graduate!

  1. He was born and raised in the Isle of Wight to Italian parents, who owned an ice-cream factory. Tasty!
  2. He played a sponsored 48 hour piano performance to raise money for a Bechstein piano to use as part of his degree at Hull. And you thought your fingers ached after a 4000 word assignment.
  3. Minghella was deeply influenced by Philip Larkin during his time at University, commenting ‘when I became a student [at the University of Hull] I realised there was process.
    Philip larkin was our librarian. I realised that the guy who made these books also walked around and did his shopping. He must have therefore sat down at some point and written these poems. It was quite a long journey of penetrating culture — a sense of simply coming to terms with the fact that culture didn’t just exist, it was ­created and processed.
  4. Not only did he graduate from the University of Hull, shortly afterwards Minghella worked as a professor too whilst writing music and plays.
  5. He was a script editor on British TV Series Grange Hill.
  6. As well as an accomplished director, Minghella was highly regarded for his West End plays. In 1984 the London Theatre Critics named him the ‘Most Promising Playwright of the Year’ and in 1986 his play ‘Made In Bangkok’ won the London Theatre Critics Award for Best Play.
  7. The English Patient (1996) is regarded as his greatest success, winning nine Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Not a bad haul!
  8. He directed five actors to Oscar nominations, including Ralp Fiennes, Jude Law, Renee Zellweger, Juliette Binoche and Kristin Scott Thomas.
  9. He was such a big supporter of football club Portsmouth FC, he dedicated two double bedrooms to club memorabilia!
  10. In 2001 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire – just a step below knighthood.

The English Patient – 7.30pm 24 January 2017

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The Talented Mr Ripley – 7.30pm 25 January 2017

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Cold Mountain Film – 7.30pm 26 January 2017

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For more information about these screenings and future on-campus Hull 2017 UK City of Culture events, please visit Culture Net.

Sources: Evening Standard, IMDB