Danny Boyle, British filmmaker and producer, studied at Thornleigh Salesian College and Bangor University. Upon leaving school Boyle began his career in the theater. First working with Joint Stock Theatre Company, then the Royal Court Theatre. He also directed productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company. From theatre he moved to television, working with the BBC to produce many shows for them.
In 1994 Boyle made his feature film debut with Shallow Grave. The film earned Boyle the Best Newcomer Award from the 1996 London Film Critics Circle and led to his next production, Trainspotting, in 1996. After moving to Hollywood and producing A Life Less Ordinary in 1997, Boyleâ€™s next projects were the film adaptation of The Beach, the horror film 28 Days Later, and Millions.
In 2008 Boyle directed Slumdog Millionaire, which won numerous awards in addition to the Academy Award for Best Director, winner of eight Academy Awards total. Slumdog Millionaire is about a boy who competes of Indiaâ€™s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? but is accused of cheating.
Pre-Academy Award, Director Danny Boyle joined ThinkTalk Host Zack Sherwood to answer student questions regarding his illustrious career. Danny discussed the beauty and challenges of filming in the Indian city of Mumbai, his rise from BBC director to the film industry and what qualities he looks for in an actor. This interview took place in the Fall of 2008.