Anthony Minghella dies

Film director Anthony Minghella dies

Oscar-winning British film director Anthony Minghella has died at the age of 54, his agent has confirmed.

His agent said he died at 5am yesterday morning after complications following surgery for cancer of the tonsils and neck, which he underwent last week.

Leslee Dart said today: ‘The surgery had gone well and they were very optimistic. But he developed a hemorrhage last night and they were not able to stop it.’

Minghella was a highly-respected and successful director, with such films as Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr Ripley and Truly, Madly, Deeply under his belt.

In 1996, he picked up an Oscar for directing The English Patient and was also nominated for writing the screenplay for 1999’s The Talented Mr Ripley.

A true ambassador for British movie-making, Minghella was the chairman of the British Film Institute.

When he took on the role in 2003, he told the BBC: ‘We’re not getting enough movies made here, our studios aren’t busy enough, we don’t have enough studios.

‘We’re not good at lassoing the talent we have here and containing it within the British Isles, and we should all be working to address that.’

Minghella worked with a host of top acting stars throughout his career, including Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes.

Law, who worked with Minghella on three films, said he was ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ at the news.

The actor described him as ‘a brilliantly talented writer and director’ and ‘a sweet, warm, bright and funny man’.

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