Oscar-winning theatre and film director
Danny Boyle, who grew up in east London, is one of the UK’s leading theatre and film directors. He began his directorial career in the theatre before moving into television production and direction. The first film he directed was Shallow Grave in the early 90s, which was an instant success. This was soon followed by the iconic Trainspotting, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Both films won awards and led critics to claim Danny had revitalised British cinema. More successful films followed, including A Life Less Ordinary, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, The Beach and 127 Days and Slumdog Millionaire - which won eight Oscars and seven BAFTAs, taking home Best Picture and Best Director at both awards. He has since directed Frankenstein at the National to critical acclaim and is the artistic director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Danny became a patron for Futureversity in 2011.
‘I know from my work, particularly whilst I was in India, that young people really only need opportunities to raise and realise their aspirations. So, I am proud to be a new patron of Futureversity and help create these opportunities for our future generations.’
Danny at Futureversity’s Dine For The Future fundraising event, May 2011