Biography of legendary director David Yates
David Yates comes from the English settlement of Rainhill, which has now ceased to exist. The site is now a suburb of Liverpool, which includes the neighbouring housing estates around the mouth of the River Mersey.
Yates was a well-loved and well-behaved son. Unfortunately, he lost his parents before he became an adult. His mum managed to give him a Super camera, which David used to started filming everything around him.
According to Yates, he was most impressed by the film "Jaws." 1975. He really wanted to figure out how different scenes in the film were staged, so David set out to try and experiment.
Yates graduated from St Helens College, after which he was unexpectedly able to achieve the required number of points for admission to the Faculty of Art History at the University of Essex. This was a surprise for him, as before the young man did not like to spend time studying. David thought that getting a higher education was a waste of years of his life.
To stay on track with his aspirations of becoming a director, David put together the The Film Production Society, he was a member of. In 1987, he graduated with a bachelor's degree, and that was the end of his student life.
After only a year, David released his first short film called When I Was a Girl in Swindon. The film participated in a number of international film festivals, Yates acted as director and screenwriter of the film. The film won prizes and awards, including the top prize at the San Francisco festivalafter which Yates received an offer to study at the National Film and Television School.
After the festival events, the director was spotted by people from the BBCwho offered him a job together.
The number one task for the novice specialist was the production of short film "Oranges and Lemons" - work on which was completed by 1991. In addition to his trusted duties, Yates was simultaneously engaged in the project "The Weaver's Wife", the script for which was written by him personally. The following year, he organised the filming of another work called "Pleasant appearance.". He takes a break after the film, only to return in the mid-90s, filming a batch of episodes for the TV show Just English Murder.
Two years later, Yates again shoots a short film, this time it is "Punch". Two seasons later, the director tries his hand at the full-metre format: he directs the dramatic film "The Plaintiff Tichborne", the script of which is based on real events. The film was first shown on Edinburgh Festival. Yates subsequently moves on to producing work for television.
The road to the new millennium
In 2000, David worked as a director on an episode of the show Sins, and the following year he took over the entirety of the small series The Roads We Choose, which won a major award BAFTA.
The year 2002 was an important year in film history thanks to Yates' short film "Somali Refugees.". A film about love, friendship and issues of racism stunned critics, leading to it being nominated for a . "Best Short Film.". The film failed to win the prize, but it became an important event in the history of British cinema.
The following year, Yates tackled the film adaptation of the popular novel by Daisy Ashworth, who was only nine years old when the book was written. The film was called "Here come the guests!". He received several nominations and very good audience feedback.
In 2004, Yates again took on series such as "Sex-traffic", and a year later released a full-length film called "Girl from cafe".
Harry Potter is at it again
The year 2005 was a turning point in the director's career, because he received an offer from a "Warner Bros.". David was wanted to direct the fifth instalment of the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends, titled . "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.". The film was extremely successful in every way. The director became world famous, it was honoured with numerous nominations all over the planet, and at the box office the film made almost a one billion dollars.
In such a situation, Yates was immediately offered the sequel "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", and afterwards also the option to make both parts of the story "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", which completed the popular fantasy story about the wizard. Each new Harry Potter film received more and more nominations, but few such instances brought victory to the director.
After the completion of hit sci-fi blockbusters, the successful director went to shoot the series "Tyrant", however, to work on only one series. In 2016, Yates released a full-length film called "Tarzan. Legend.". It was a new reading of a well-known story. The film was made as an entertaining Hollywood blockbuster, but nevertheless the picture was met coldly by all categories of viewers, and film awards bypassed the tape.
Continuation of the franchise
The director rose to success again with Fantastic Beasts and Where They Dwell, which was the same age as the Tarzan film. With this project, Yates worked with well-researched material, the film received a good response from the audience and a huge number of prizes and victories, including the Oscars. for the costumes.
The success of the film was so resounding that the franchise was extended for four more films. In 2018, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Green-de-Wald" will be released in the cinema, and further sequels will be released until 2024. The entire volume of work David Yates put on his shoulders.
The above plan was in place before the Covid situation, which severely affected all film makers. As of now, there is news about other projects in the franchise continuation: in 2022, they're supposed to come out (unless they are moved again) Fantastic Beasts: The Dumbledore Mysteries and Return to Hogwarts. David Yates is staying on as director on each of the projects. Based on leaked information, there is speculation that the director will also work on the film "Skeletor Dodger".
Personal life of the director
About the family David does not applyand he keeps it quiet when he speaks to the press. The media likes to mention his marriage to Yvonne Walcottbut Yates doesn't give any details about his personal life. The couple lives without children.