Richard Woolley has been a film director, performer and musician and is still an active writer and academic.
In the 1960s he briefly played in a band called the Voodoo Strutters, in the 70s he worked as an actor, composer and musician for Red Ladder Theatre, and, in the 80s and 90s, he wrote a number of songs now available as downloads or CDs. In the 70s and 80s he wrote and directed several films for cinema and TV, including: Telling Tales (1980), Brothers and Sisters (1981) and Girl from the South (1988). In 2011 the British Film Institute issued a box set of his films entitled An Unflinching Eye. He has written a range of scripts and published four novels including the whodunit Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands. He has lived in Berlin, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Auckland, as well as in his country of origin, England. He has been Director of the Dutch Film Academy, founding Dean of Film and TV at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, inaugural holder of the Greg Dyke Chair of Film & Television at the University of York and, most recently, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Performance, Media & English at Birmingham City University.
He has one son, divides his time between the UK and New Zealand and currently (2016) works as a screenwriter, novelist and (visiting) professor. His last novel SEKABO, set in the North York Moors of 2097 and 1990, was published by Thames River Press in September 2014. His next novel IN THE MANNER OF STRANGERS deals with the clash between Dutch explorers and Maori in New Zealand/Aotearoa in December 1642 from the perspective of two young people on either side; it is awaiting publication, probably in New Zealand or Holland in the first instance. A more autobiographical book entitled BREAD OF HEAVEN, which also incorporates one of Woolley's unfilmed screenplays from the 1980s, has just been published and is now available.
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