Julian Farino is an acclaimed director and producer of Hollywood. He was also a reputed editor who has worked as the sports editor of The Guinness Book of Records. Julian was born and brought up in London, England, UK. He completed his graduation from the University of Cambridge in England. He started his career directing film documentaries at Granada TV in the UK. Julian made a series of experimental films about young classical instrumentalists, female impersonators, and children’s entertainers. They Call Us Nutters, and A Winter’s Tale were some of the film documentaries he worked on as a director. They Call Us Nutters portrayed the life in a psychotic’s ward of Ashworth Maximum Security Hospital.

A Winter Tale chronicled the story of existence and survival in the coldest occupied place on earth, Oymyakon in Russia. In the 1980’s, he also worked as a co-presenter on a children’s TV show, Record Breakers which used to air on BBC1. In the year 2000, he rose to fame with the documentary ‘7Up 2000’ which bagged several prestigious awards. This documentary portrays the life of 7-year old children living in the UK. After seven years, the same production released another documentary ‘14Up 2000’ which portrays how these children have changed after a span of seven long years. Since 1997, he has been working as a director and has directed several movies in the UK.

He also directed the famous TV mini-series, Our Mutual Friend (1999), which is inspired by the Charles Dickens novel. Other than this TV mini-series, he also directed a Rom-Com serial, Bob and Rose (2001) and a film, Flesh, and Blood (2001). He started climbing stairs of success and henceforth never looked back. In 2004, Farino moved to the United States of America to work for the famous channel, HBO and directed most of the scenes of Entourage, an American TV serial. Julian extended his stay in the USA to work on another series, Big Love and Rome and won four Emmy awards. Not only a director, but he has also been an executive producer of How to Make in America (2010).

Julian’s first directorial debut movie in the USA was ‘’ The Oranges’’ in the year 2010. This film was also screened at the Toronto Film Festival. In the year 2000, Julian married Branka Katić (a famous actress) and gave birth to two sons. They named their sons as Louis and Joe. To appreciate his work, he was given many awards and credits. BAFTA, Danny Thomas Producer of the Year award was given for his directorial skills and immense talent.

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Born and brought up in London, England, this man named, Julian Farino is a British film and television producer and director, who is best identified for being the sports editor of “The Guinness Book of World Records”. Also he is immensely appreciated for his job as a director of “Entourage” and for producing numerous movies in the United Kingdom. Another striking noteworthy detail on his impressive resume is that he is a graduate from Cambridge University.

The start of his career as a director was with the “Granada Television” in the UK, where he made an order of observational movies about drag queens, fresh traditional performers, boxers and much more. He was the director of 7Up 2000 in the year 2000 itself, which was the extension of the multi-award earning sequence, starring seven year old children from all over the country (UK). This project further extended to another one called, 14Up 2007. One of his movies which was a version of Charles Dicken’s, “Our Mutual Friend” won four BAFTA Awards, which included an award for the “Best Drama”. Another one of the series was “Bob and Rose”, which earned the award for the “Best Series” at The British Comedy Awards.

“Flesh and Blood” attained “Prix Europa” for “Best Film”. Further down the line, his career prospered even more when he had to go to the United States to direct the series, “Entourage”. He also worked on “Big Love and Rome”, receiving four Emmy Awards. In the year 2010, he directed his first feature film in the United States named, “The Oranges”, which starred Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester. This movie was exhibited at the “Toronto Film Festival”. Also he was the administrative producer and director of the HBO TV show, “How to Make it in America” (for two series). Presently, Farino resides in Los Angeles with his beloved wife, BrankaKatic, who is an actress and their adorable two sons.

Joe Swanberg English Actor

Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg was born in Detroit, Michigan on 31st August 1981. Joe is a multi-talented person. He is an Actor, Producer and is also a world-class Director. Joe doesn’t make high budgeted movies, and he maintains a low profile and uses various film-making techniques to make movies on a very small budget. He attended Naperville Central High School from where he had his graduation and later joined Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he chose his major in films and earned his degree from the University in 2003. Soon after his graduation, Joe directed his first feature movie in 2005,”Kissing on the Mouth” based on the modern condition of the society where people are just looking for physical needs to fulfill their body needs with no intentions of anything further. Joe’s 2nd movie, “LOL” was based on the modern life of teenagers. The story is about three graduates involved with the social media. One of them continues to watch his laptop’s screen while having sex with his girlfriend and his friends are involved in a cellular relationship and the other guy is trapped inside the walls of the virtual chat rooms ultimately destroying the chances of having a real girlfriend. Joe’s movies are always been based on the issues that teenagers face in the modern world where he focuses on the concept of sex, relationships, etc. and their definition and importance in the new era. Joe directed many feature movies and had also produced many but besides being a director and producer he has also acted in many films. Joe debuted in his directorial debut and later was cast in “Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever”, Blackmail Boys, You Won’t Miss Me, Paintbrush, etc.  Joe directed and produced “Digging for Fire.” It is the story of a family who finds a bone and a gun in the backyard of their new house, and after finding such mysterious items, they continue digging in the hope to find an answer and ultimately involve a lot of friends and end up finding a bag of bones, a ring, and a human hand. The movie ends with them leaving the house with a mystery. Joe has also directed many TV series which includes Easy, Love and Win it All. Joe has been an inspiring director. His concepts and idea of filmmaking is very different from the mainstream film-makers. He throws the spotlight on the life of today’s generation of kids. Another Version Of This Bio: Born in Detroit, Michigan and brought in Alabama and Georgia, Joe Swanberg is an American self-governing movie director, producer, writer, and actor, who is considered to be a renowned personality in the mumblecore (a subset of independent films which is characterized by natural acting and dialogue) film movement. He is also best remembered for his minimal budget movies, which are mostly based on subjects like, familial associations, sex, cinematography, etc. Joe did his schooling at Naperville Central High School and further, joined Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, majoring in filmmaking and acquiring a Bachelor’s degree successfully. His immersion into this industry was with the debut movie directed by him called, “Kissing on the Mouth”; after that, it was another movie named, “LOL.” His next creation was a collaboration with Greta Gerwig called, “Hannah Takes the Stairs” in the year 2007, and it was the first tie-up with the animator, Kent Osborn. Another one of his partnership deals with Gerwig was “Nights and Weekends” in the year 2008. Another movie by Swanberg was “Alexander the Great”, which was produced by Noah Baumbach. For the rest of the year of 2009, Joe directed the movie, “Silver Bullets”, after which came the year 2010, which was the auspicious year of seven feature films by him namely, “Uncle Kent”, “Caitlyn Plays Herself”, “The Zone”, “Art History”, “Silver Bullets”, “Privacy Settings”, and “Autoerotic”. Out of these seven, “Uncle Kent premiered at the “Sundance Film Festival” in the year 2011. “Drinking Wilde” casting Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston was directed by him in the year 2012. The next year, there was another creation by him called, “Happy Christmas,” which premiered at the “Sundance Film Festival” in the year 2014. His next film was called, “Digging for Fire” and premiered at the “Sundance Film Festival” in the year 2015. Joe Swanberg is crucially about film distribution over the internet and it doesn’t come as a surprise to us to know that he put his feature film, “Marriage Material” over the internet for free (Vimeo page).


F W Murnau

F. W. Murnau birth name was Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe. He took up the name Murnau after a town near Lake Staffel. He was born in Bielefeld, Province of Westphalia but moved to Kassel when he was seven years old. He had two brothers and two stepsisters as his mother, Otilie, was the second wife of Heinrich Plumpe. As a child, he organized small plays at his home and he was well-versed with the books of Shakespeare, Ibsen, etc. Murnau joined the University of Berlin to study philology. He went to Heidelberg to study art history and literature. While performing in a function there, he got noticed by the director Max Reinhardt who asked him to join his acting school. He served on the eastern front during WWI. Two years later, he joined the German air force in France. After his, he went to Switzerland to intern and won for having the best concept of production. After WWI, he started his own film studio while collaborating with Conrad Veidt, an actor. He released his first film in 1919 which was a feature film called The Boy in Blue. It was said to be inspired by a painting by Thomas Gainsborough. His productions commonly touched the topic of dual personalities. In 1922, he released his most popular movie called Nosferatu. It was an adaptation of Dracula by Bram Stoker. Although his movie was praised for expressions and artistic work, all the prints of the movie were asked to be destroyed after Stoker’s widow won the lawsuit against Murnau for copyright infringement. In 1942, he released another famous movie called The Last Laugh which conveyed the social injustice done to the working class. The movie starred Emil Jannings with whom he did another movie in 1926 called Faust. It was a big budget movie and was the second feature film after Nosferatu to have original scores. He moved to Hollywood after the release of Faust in 1926. He joined the Fox Studio in Hollywood and made a movie called Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. The movie considered as one of the best movies of all time. Although the movie did not make a lot of money, it won several Oscar Awards at the first ever ceremony of the Academy Awards in 1929. His next two films with the Fox Studio were not well received by the public which pushed Murnau to leave the Studio and take a trip in the South Pacific for a while. While traveling to Bora Bora, he began working on a film called Tabu in 1931 with Robert J. Flaherty, who was considered as a documentary pioneer. He had to continue working on the movie alone after Robert left due to artistic issues. It was banned in the United States because it contained visuals of bare-chested women. The film is now restored as a silent film and preserved safely. Before the premier of the movie Tabu, Murnau took a drive on the coast from LA along with a very young 14 years old driver in a hired car. The driver crashed the car and Murnau died in the hospital the next day.

F W Murnau English Actor